Luxury Design, Past & Present
Ceramics Lamp Stand Female Head Gudrun Baudisch Wiener Werkstatte circa 1928
Gudrun Baudisch (1907-1982) was one of the innovative artists who had a decisive influence on the ceramic works of the Wiener Werkstätte. In 1926, at the age of nineteen, she was accepted into the ceramics department under the direction of Vally Wieselthier and soon became one of the most important young artists. She worked for the Wiener Werkstätte for three years before opening her own ceramics workshop in Vienna in 1930.
In this ceramic object, Gudrun Baudisch combines her characteristic head depictions with a sculptural lamp base. In addition, she fuses the fine with the applied arts according to the principles of Jugendstil.
With expressive, luminous color accents she decorates the woman's head, which is fluidly connected to the lampstand through the dynamic hair. Through the pedestal-like base, the entire object is elevated from the ground. Even without the addition of lamps, this high-quality ceramic object radiates a certain strength and decorative appeal.
marked with "WW", "MADE IN/AUSTRIA" in two rows, designer monogram "GB" for Gudrun Baudisch and model number „410“
Bib.: contemporary photograph in the archive of the Wiener Werkstätte in the Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, inv. No WWF 110-20-3