Austria, circa 1930
Design: Stephan Dakon (1904-1997) - Austrian sculptor and ceramist
Produced by Friedrich Goldscheider – Austrian pottery and bronze manufacturer, established in 1885 in Vienna
Manufacturer's mark ‘Goldscheider’ on the underside
Typical self-conscious art deco pajamas woman
Height: 37 cm
An expressive work of one of the most important designers of Goldscheider, which copes with the high expectations of the manufactory
The carved alabaster art deco figurine was designed circa 1930 by the Austrian sculptor and ceramist Stephan Dakon (1904-1997) for Friedrich Goldscheider. The young woman with a pageboy hairstyle and dressed in pajamas stands wide-legged with hands in her jacket pockets on an oval and profiled base, on which is placed a pillow. Her pose exudes self-confidence and power. With reference to the Garçonne style of the Art Deco, the pajamas as a female indoor dress and nightwear entered the fashion world circa 1925 just like the pageboy hairstyle.
The figure holds the embossed Goldscheider mark on the underside. It is in good condition, showing some small nicks and hairline cracks commensurate with age. The figure is 37 cm in height.
Stephan Dakon (1904-1992)
After attending a school of sculpture and training at the art foundry in Vienna, Dakon worked at the Vienna manufactory of Friedrich Goldscheider since 1924, for which he produced numerous designs. Until the mid-1950s, he became one of the most important and creative designers of the manufactory. His favorite subjects were dancers, actresses, wall masks and children depictions. Dakon also produced designs for the Vienna ceramics company Keramos as well as for Goebel/Oeslau and Hertwig/Katzhütte. Today, works of Dakon are part of numerous private collections as well as the Vienna Museum.
Friedrich Goldscheider (1845-1897)
Friedrich Goldscheider is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of European ceramics. He founded his manufactory in Vienna under the name ‘Manufaktur Friedrich Goldscheider’ in 1885. His pieces matched the spirit of the time around 1900 – and particularly in the 1920s. His pieces were well known internationally; they were made of faience, terracotta, bronze and alabaster and represented historicist, art nouveau, art deco and orientalist styles. The Goldscheider family emigrated to England and to the US in 1938 and started new ceramic manufactories there. Friedrich’s son, Walter Goldscheider, only returned to Vienna in 1950. He had to shut down the manufactory for economic reasons. He sold the Goldscheider licenses to a German company called ‘Carstens’. In 1987, Friedrich’s grandchild Peter Goldscheider restarted the family business in Stoob/Austria until 1994. (cko)
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