Herman Kahler pottery jug with swirl detail, 1930s, Denmark
Born in Holland, Herman J. Kähler opened a small ceramics workshop in Næstved, Denmark in 1839. His son took over the workshop in 1875 and created a much broader ceramics range of which this vase would have been one.
As early as 1889, Kähler’s ceramics were revered at the World Exhibition in Paris, the same year the Eiffel Tower was built. They continue to be produced under the same name today.
A 1960s West German Fat Lava vase with single handle, with cream over brown glaze. No. 414-16
Fat lava is the name given to a certain styles of postwar, West German art pottery, particularly from the 1960s and ’70s. The genre gets its name from the thick, encrusted glazes that typify many of these pieces, some of which look as if their surfaces are composed of frozen flows of lava in radioactive hues ranging from fiery reds to cobalt blues. While the glazes were referred to at the time as lava glazes, the “fat” designation is more recent, the result of the public’s particular fascination with pieces whose glazes are especially thick and textured.