West German Pottery: Dümler & Breiden, ES Keramik, and Others For Sale

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Gerhard Dölz: This West German studio pottery vase is hand made and signed by Gerhold Dölz. The design is simple but elegant, a fine use of minimalism with excellent proportions.

Gerhard Dölz W. German studio pottery vase Gerhard Dölz W. German studio pottery vase, glaze detail Gerhard Dölz W. German studio pottery vase, signature

Size: Height is about 7 1/2". Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Grootenburg, Paul Dresler: This small German vase has only a faint mark, but design, bottom, and clay all indicate that it's a Paul Dresler design from Grootenburg studio shortly before or after WWII. Most of Dresler's work has a matte glaze, and the best known is the red/green copper patina color. So this vase is uncommon with a somewhat glossy glaze and the gray tones. The vase is handmade and hand decorated, as usual with the Grootenburg work. The lines in the glaze are melt fissures, which are sometimes a failed glaze, but Dresler and some others created them as an aesthetic addition to the work, bringing to mind in some ways the Japanese kintsugi approach, repairing items with gold to highlight the repairs, celebrating them rather than hiding them.

Grootenburg vase designed by Paul Dresler Grootenburg vase designed by Paul Dresler, glaze detail, West German pottery Grootenburg vase designed by Paul Dresler, mark photo, West German pottery

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

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Dümler & Breiden

The form and ridges on this Dümler & Breiden vase give the impression of a tree stump in keeping with the green and brown tones of the glaze. While certainly not fat lava, the glaze has a flowing quality, which is affected by the changing angles of the ridges. This vase is among the quietly impressive rank of West German pottery. Shape/size is 766/27. I'm not sure of the date but would guess circa 1975.

Dümler & Breiden vase 766, West German pottery Dümler & Breiden vase 766, glaze detail, West German pottery Dümler & Breiden vase 766, mark photo, West German pottery Dümler & Breiden vase 766

Price: $150 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 Dümler & Breiden pitcher form has an organic feel and that touch of whimsy common to many of the better W. German pottery items. The drip glaze is a mix of browns that once again shows earthtones can be fascinating. Brown does not equal boring. The top colors are a mix of gloss and semi-gloss with a metallic quality, while the bottom is semi-matte with a lightly textured surface. The metallic aspect doesn't show up in the photos.

Dümler & Breiden pitcher form Dümler & Breiden pitcher form, West German pottery Dümler & Breiden pitcher form, glaze detail Dümler & Breiden pitcher form, mark photo

Price: $95 plus shipping/insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7 1/2". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This Dümler & Breiden vase shows several aspects of W. German pottery, mixing the unusual "sliced" form with a softly colored lava glaze over a metallic brown. Design is by Rudolf Christmann. Price: $75 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8".

Dümler & Breiden Vase 0105 Dümler & Breiden Vase 0105 Dümler & Breiden Vase 0105, detail, West German pottery Dümler & Breiden Vase 0105, mark photo, West German pottery

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8". Condition: There is a chip around the base as pictured, but it's a great, uncommon vase. All sales are fully guaranteed.

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This Dümler & Breiden floor vase looks like an ancient amphora that has spent extended time beneath the sea, which I'm fairly sure is the intent...well achieved. Color, texture, and pattern all work to create a look you can spend a lot of time getting to know. It's a huge vase, not just tall. If you have a spot that needs a commanding presence, this will fill it.

Dümler & Breiden floor vase, shape 1110 Dümler & Breiden floor vase, shape 1110, glaze detail, West German pottery Dümler & Breiden floor vase, shape 1110 Dümler & Breiden floor vase, shape 1110, mark photo

Price: $295 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 20". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This hand thrown and hand decorated studio pottery vase has the mark by Luise Duncker plus the word List, which probably refers to the town of List on the island of Sylt, which would also match the fish motif. The most commonly found Duncker items are brown on brown, a particularly popular look in the 1970s. With this vase, the fish are revealed under the cobalt glaze, possibly with a wax resist technique, although it's quite precise for that.

Luise Duncker West German studio pottery vase Luise Duncker West German studio pottery vase, glaze detail Luise Duncker West German studio pottery vase Luise Duncker West German studio pottery vase, signature photo

Price: $145 plus shipping and insurance Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 7". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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Several companies did this type of work, including Sawa, but this one can be attributed to Eiwa based on the pattern name and just a trace of a label. The pattern is Oslo with completely hand done decoration. These items are stained rather than glaze, and some of the decoration is created by cutting back into the clay. The vase is hand thrown and probably dates to the 1950s. Vases with this type of clay are often referred to as Klinker ceramics, and you'll sometimes find that in the company name or line name.

Eiwa klinker vase with Oslo decor Eiwa klinker vase with Oslo decor, glaze photo Eiwa klinker vase with Oslo decor Eiwa klinker vase with Oslo decor, bottom photo

Price: $75 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 is one of the iconic shapes from ES Keramik, found with the shape number 683 or 883 depending on the time the jug was made. (ES changed their numbering system in the 1960s.) Based on the design, this version is probably from the late 1950s or no later than the very early 60s. The design is fully hand applied, a lot of very good work. The form is clean and sharp, suggesting it was made while the mold was still fairly new. It's simply a fine, uncommon example of a W. German pottery classic.

ES Keramik shape 683 with floral decoration ES Keramik shape 683 with floral decoration ES Keramik shape 683 with floral decoration, base photo

Price: $175 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 9". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This ES Keramik West German pottery vase features a well-proportioned rectangular form with clean lines and a white underglaze. Over that is a blue and green slightly fat lava, volcanic glaze. The result is quietly striking. Most people wouldn't think a multi-color volcanic glaze could be elegant, but this one is, especially against the white background.

ES Keramik rectangular vase with volcanic glaze ES Keramik rectangular vase with volcanic glaze ES Keramik rectangular vase with volcanic glaze, bottom photo

Price: $95 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 8" with a width of about 5 1/4" and depth of about 3 3/4". Condition: very good, but there is a very small chip on one bottom corner, visible in two of the pictures....fully guaranteed.

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The Graflich volcanic glaze is fairly distinctive among the West German pottery companies. It's not a "cratered" glaze, and the volcanic glaze isn't the top glaze, as you often see. The deep, strong red is the top glaze over black (a common combination), but the black bubbles up through the red in various places and to various degrees with striking results.

Graflich vase with volcanic glaze Graflich vase with volcanic glaze, detail photo Graflich vase with volcanic glaze, mark photo Graflich vase with volcanic glaze

Price: $65 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Dimensions: Height is about 5" and diameter about 2 1/2". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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This vase was made by Gotha Keramik, and I believe the gunmetal glaze was designed by Wilhelm Diebener before the war. However, the GK was added to the mark in 1948, so this particular vase was probably made shortly after the war. The vase is hand thrown.

Gotha Keramik vase Gotha Keramik vase, mark photo, West German pottery

Price: $45 plus shipping and insurance. Shipping will depend on location. Contact us for a quote. Size: Height is about 4". Condition: excellent with no damage, no repairs...fully guaranteed.

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