West German Pottery: Ilkra, Jasba, Marzi & Remy, and Others For Sale

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Ilkra

This unusual vase was made by Ilkra in 1963 and designed by K.Schwebsch as part of the "Panorama" series (believed to include 5 vases, each representing a continent). It features a wide variety of motifs that capture various aspects of US life and history. I'm not sure if any of the motifs are aimed at the rest of North America. The primary image is the Statue of Liberty, but there are also musicians, baseball players, cowboys and cows, arrows, a teepee, oil rigs, someone basking beneath a palm tree and several other images. Shape number is 1033. This is a rather hard item to find as well as neat. (Thanks to Volker Hornbostel and Ralf Schumann for information on this one....a tricky attribution.)

Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033 Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033, glaze detail Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033, glaze detail Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033, glaze detail Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033, glaze detail Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033, glaze detail Ilkra Panorama Vase 1033, bottom photo

Price: $125 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 10". Condition: very good with a couple of minor, hard to find flakes...pictured. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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This West German pottery vase is from the Panorama series by Ilkra. The "goal" is to capture the essence of a continent on a single vase...to the degree it can be done with so few images. This is shape 2010, and the continent to be "captured" is Asia. Yeah, you'd have a better chance of winning a game of RISK capturing Asia first, but it's a good try with the rice paddies and bird hunting.

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Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Jasba

This West German pottery floor vase is by Jasba. The primary decor looks like tiger stripes at first but is probably better described as treebark. It's a rather exotic look, but the subdued coloring keeps it from being garish. The Greek Key design around the top provides a nice accent as well as a touch from an earlier style. This is a difficult decor to find. Shape is 1620.

Gramann pitcher, purple volcanic glaze Gramann pitcher, purple volcanic glaze, glaze detail Gramann pitcher, purple volcanic glaze, glaze detail Gramann pitcher, purple volcanic glaze, mark photo Gramann pitcher, purple volcanic glaze

Price: $295 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 18". Condition: very good with just a tiny glaze flake (pictured)...all sales are fully guaranteed.

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This Jasba vase reflects some of the styling in the early part of the West German pottery era when it still reflected more of the pre-war coloring. Date is circa 1958.

Jasba Vase Shape 101 Jasba Vase Shape 101, glaze detail Jasba Vase Shape 101 Jasba Vase Shape 101, mark photo

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 10". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This West German pottery vase is by Jasba in the Cortina glaze. The design features a dark brown underglaze with a white, curdled top glaze. The white actually has just a hint of a green tone. This is fairly early in the West German era since it was introduced in 1956.

Jasba Vase, Cortina glaze Jasba Vase, Cortina glaze, detail Jasba Vase, Cortina glaze, bottom photo

Price: SOLD Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 9". Condition: Excellent with no damage and no repairs. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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This vase is from Jasba with a harder to find yellow version of the Cortina glaze from the 1950s. It's a striking look, especially in this larger size. This is fairly early in the West German era since it was introduced in 1956.

Jasba vase with yellow Cortina glaze Jasba vase with yellow Cortina glaze, glaze detail, West German pottery Jasba vase with yellow Cortina glaze, base photo

Price: $45 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 10". Condition: is good, but there is a fairly shallow chip right at the base. The good news is that with this glaze and clay, the chip is much less noticeable. See the detail picture. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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This dainty piece of mid century German pottery has the classic Jaspatina glaze introduced by Jasba in 1955, almost certainly inspired by the Japanese kintsugi repair method. Shape is 68. Items in the 4-6" range aren't too difficult to find, but this is the less common and utterly cute, version of the wallpocket, featuring a well-proportioned asymmetrical top edge and the definitive gold streaks.

Jasba wallpocket shape 68 Jasba wallpocket shape 68, mark photo

Price: $50 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 3", and widest point is about 2 5/8". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This mid century German pottery wallpocket was made by Jasba, probably in the late 1950s. At first look, the decor appears to be an uncommon variation on the Jaspatina glaze, but that's not quite accurate. The primary glaze is cream or beige with the red glaze evidently sponged on to create a mottled effect that allows some of the underglaze to show through, and this mottled area is outlined in gold. The patterning of the decoration looks like Jaspatina, but the gold decoration is airbrushed, not fired like the gold in Jaspatina. Shape number is 60. Most gold-rimmed items from this era are airbrushed since it's a much easier method. This is probably a special line, possibly made under contract for a particular outlet, designed to be a lower cost version of their own line.

Jasba wallpocket shape 60 Jasba wallpocket shape 60, back photo

Price: $35 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 4 1/2". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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J-D Klinker: A few years ago, very little was known about the "klinker" companies except for Sawa, Eiwa, and some D&B items, but it turns out that a wide variety of companies produced these high-fired "brick" clay items. While I first attributed this one to Sawa, it's actually by a company called J-D Klinker....but little is known about the company so far. Date is likely to be in the 1960s. Shape number is 44. The vase is hand thrown with incised decoration.

J-D Klinker Floor Vase shape 44 J-D Klinker Floor Vase shape 44, detail photo J-D Klinker Floor Vase shape 44, bottom photo

Price: $250 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 17" with a diameter of about 8". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Karlsruhe: As expected with most Karlsruhe items, this plate with fish design is higher in quality and harder to find than the average W. German pottery items. Overall, this look with a black background and bright decoration was popular in the 1950s and just into the early 60s, done in many designs by Ruscha, Keto, Marei, and others, including fish patterns. However, I'm not certain if this example dates to that same period or not. The company mark is faint, and there's no shape/design number, which makes it hard to research even for anyone who has the Karlsruhe book. Definitely a neat work, regardless.

Karlsruhe wall plate with fish Karlsruhe wall plate with fish, detail photo Karlsruhe wall plate with fish, mark photo

Price: $110 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Diameter is about 12 1/4". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs.

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Lausitzer: This vase is attributed to the East German company Lausitzer, but it's by no means a firm identification as yet. The base glaze is a rich, lightly textured brown, and the texture makes me think it's actually a salt glaze. It's decorated with a slip glaze design in a chocolate brown, and the decoration is unusually well-applied by a very steady hand. There are incised numbers on the bottom, but the size difference makes it unclear whether or not it's actually a 3 number sequence. At any rate, the numbers are 1 7 4.

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Price: $85 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 9". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs.

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Marzi & Remy

Here's an example of West German pottey that you won't find often or easily. The "Poesie" design is incised and hand painted, much like the Ruscha "Engobe" series but in a matte glaze rather than with enamel, although the raised dots in the decoration are enamel. Another uncommon feature is that this series is artist signed by a known Marzi & Remy decorator (and maybe designer), M. L. Spangenburg. This series tended to feature Spanish scenes in keeping with the 1950s desire to think of more exotic, romantic, or peaceful scenes than the still remaining ruins and memories of WWII. Shape is 1061 with a height designation of 30cm.

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Price: $250 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 12". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs. There's an odd glaze variation with the marbled brown, not sure why.

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This Marzi & Remy vase has a fairly classic form with a "shriveled" or "curdled" glaze similar to the well known Jasba "Cortina" glaze, but this M&R has fairly extensive geometric decor in pastel blue and yellow as well, quietly impressive. Estimated date is 1958. Glaze name may be "Linda", but I haven't been able to confirm that.

Marzi & Remy vase Marzi & Remy vase, detail photo Marzi & Remy vase, mark photo Marzi & Remy vase

Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height about 7 1/4" and diameter about 5". Condition: excellent with no damage and no repairs.

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