International Decorative Art



Design Date c. 1978

Designer Marguerite Wildenhain (1896–1985, American, b. France)

Manufacturer Marguerite Wildenhain, Pond Farm, Guerneville, CA

Media ceramic

Dimensions 8 5/8 x 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Maguerite Friedländer was born in Lyon, France and studied pottery at the Bauhaus in Weimar under Max Krehan and Gerhard Marcks from 1919 to 1925. She married ceramist Franz Wildenhain in 1930 and they fled the Nazis in 1933 to the Netherlands, working there until she emigrated to America in 1940. Wildenhain settled 75 miles north of San Francisco in Guerneville, California, and established the artist colony Pond Farm. An attempt to form a Bauhaus-inspired school there was short lived, but she continued to live and work there for the rest of her life. Throughout her career Wildenhain made functional stoneware, often with tactile surface decoration or incisions, visible in this vase, and typically marked her work with a small jug shape inscribed in the bottom.

ON VIEW in Bauhaus Gallery 5

Markings Incised "Pond Farm", Jug Motif mark and one additional mark

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2008.0773