Secessionist Geometric Urn by Paul Dachsel c. 1900

Whereas earlier Art Nouveau pottery focused on asymmetrical design to represent the wild and unpredictable aspects of nature, forward-thinking artists such as Paul Dachsel and those of the Vienna Secession also explored the geometric elements of nature. Four-handled blue and gray urn with a gilded mouth and deep iridescent purple underglaze, featuring relief decor that highlights Paul Dachsel's transformation of the floral motif into a purely geometric scheme. Numbered in the base. Published: Scott, "Ceramics from the House of Amphora 1890 - 1915", 2004, p. 252.

After years spent designing for the Amphora and Ernst-Wahliss pottery companies, Paul Dachsel founded his own studio in 1905, Kunsteramik Paul Dachsel. Embracing the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement, Dachsel fostered a deep appreciation for the inherent beauty of natural materials and the artisanal process, his distinctive creations embodying a harmonious synthesis of organic forms, with intricate surface embellishments, and a meticulous attention to detail.