Description & Technical information

Designed by: Michael Powolny, around 1914
Executed by: Wienerberger AG, around 1915/16
Marked: WIENER/KUNST/KERAMIK, model no. 4085, N 19 (autumn)

Red clay, polychrome glaze, excellent original condition

Spring: H 74 cm
Summer: H 74 cm
Autumn: H 72 cm
Winter: H 73.5 cm

Powolny's Four Seasons Putti were produced to order until 1919 by both "Wiener Keramik" and "Vereinigte Wiener und Gmundner Keramik" and from 1915 onwards by the Wienerberger company. In Vienna's famous “Dianabad” public bath, two colourful sets were placed in the ante-hall of the ladies' steam bath in niches designed by Otto Prutscher. They are among the most important masterpieces of Viennese Jugendstil.

Date:  around 1914
Period:  Early 20th century
Origin:  Austrian
Medium: Red clay, Polychrome glaze

Marked: WIENER/KUNST/KERAMIK, model no. 4085, N 19 (autumn)

Dimensions: 187.96 cm (74 inches)
Provenance: private property, Austria


Ref.: E. Frottier, Michael Powolny, Keramik und Glas aus Wien 1900–1950, cat. raisonné 176 and 199–202; Pinacothéque de Paris, Catalogue, Frise Beethoven / Sécession, pp. 228

Categories: Sculpture