Rustic Pitcher Vase by Carstens Luxus, Fat Lava, Mid-Century Modernist c. 1967

This large ceramic vase from the Carstens Luxus line features a rugged volcanic lava finish in an earthy shade of garnet. Stamped in the base, and numbered, with original Carstens Luxus sticker. Form 7056-25.

Initially founded in 1892 in Brandenburg, East Germany, the ceramics business of Ernst Carstens was close to collapse by the end of World War II, and then found itself on the wrong side of the newly formed border in 1945. Carstens relocated to West Germany and began manufacturing anew in 1947, producing a tremendous variety of shapes, sizes, and glazes with a roster of artists that included Trude Carstens (Ernst's wife), Gerda Heuckeroth, Helmut Scholtis, Heinz Siery, Rudolph Christmann, and Dieter Peter.