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: 44 mm / 1.75″ tall
51 mm / 2″ wide