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Fruit Bowl (Germany), 1920–40

This is a fruit bowl. It was designed by Margarete H. L. Marks and manufactured by Haël-Werkstätten. It is dated 1920–40 and we acquired it in 1996. Its medium is molded and glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Margarete H. L. Marks founded the Haël-Werkstätten, or Haël Workshops for Artistic Ceramics, in Brandenberg, Germany, in 1923. A student of the Bauhaus, Marks created a line of Modern ceramics with clean lines and bold colors. This bowl’s simple design echoes Bauhaus style while providing a simple canvas for its vibrant turquoise crackle-glazed ground, topped with an airbrushed, abstract looping design, highlighted by textured bright yellow strokes.

This object was donated by Victor Wiener. It is credited Gift of Victor Wiener.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 6 × 22.2 cm (2 3/8 × 8 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On bottom of bowl, in blue, an upside-down triangle containing "JIB-&-W", surrounded by by "N" and "Y". Below reads "GERMANY" and "handpainted". Also, handwritten in black "3X".

Cite this object as

Fruit Bowl (Germany), 1920–40; Designed by Margarete H. L. Marks (German, 1899–1990); molded and glazed earthenware; H x diam.: 6 × 22.2 cm (2 3/8 × 8 3/4 in.); Gift of Victor Wiener; 1996-18-32

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