Walter Bosse Vintage Pottery Bear Card Holder, c. 1960s


This bear is a small creature with big personality! Walter Bosse, a prolific designer and potter, created his animals from clay with a soul in each and hoped to make “as many people as possible happy.”

Excellent example of a Walter Bosse pottery figurine. This is a large bear sculpture for Walter Bosse, see the size comparison with one of Bosse’s regular bear figurines in the last photo. This modernist bear with black glaze is in great condition and very finely finished. Accented with turquoise drip glaze on the ears, feet and tip of the nose. The back of the bear has a slot for holding business cards. Unmarked, made for Karlsruhe Majolika circa 1956-1979.

Authenticated by Modern Vienna Bronze as an original Walter Bosse design.

Walter Bosse (ウォルターボッセ) Bear/くま / マジョリカ焼き

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Designed by Walter Bosse, circa 1960s.

Born in Vienna in 1904, Walter Bosse was a student of Micheal Powolny, Franz Cizek, and Richard Riemerschmid. He initially worked with pottery, making animals and “grotesques.” These were sold alongside other Wiener Werkstätte artists and sold at Augarten, Scheibbs, and Goldscheider. His designs are some of the most important works in mid-century decorative arts. With the uncommon look of the collection, he focused on “making as many people as possible happy.” Due to the unique look of his pottery and their increasing popularity, he eventually opened his own store in the 1940s in Austria. In the late 1950s Bosse began to design animals based on many of his early pottery models in collaboration with Karlsruhe Majolika. They produced his animals up until 1979 in various bright colors with their signature crackle glazes. He showed his admiration for the various creatures of nature with all his designs. Like all his pottery figures, these animals all have Bosse’s signature pierced holes for eyes. It has often been said that through those eyes one can almost see a soul inside each creature.

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Materials: Pottery / Glaze

Dimensions: 64 mm / 2.5″ tall
50 mm / 2″ wide
50 mm / 2″ deep

Additional information

Weight 80 g
Dimensions 50 × 64 mm