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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Goose Girl

1899 (made)
Place of origin

Earthenware 'Goose girl' vase with enamelled decoration.

Object details

Object type
TitleGoose Girl (popular title)
Materials and techniques
Earthenware, with enamelled decoration
Brief description
Earthenware 'Goose girl' vase designed by Sandor Apati Abt and made by the Zsolnay Ceramic Works, Hungary, 1899.
Physical description
Earthenware 'Goose girl' vase with enamelled decoration.
  • Height: 32.4cm
  • Diameter: 21.5cm
Gallery label
VASE 1349-1900 'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900' Vilmós (Wilhelm) Zsolnay (1828-1900) developed a small ceramics factory at Pécs (Fünfkirchen) into a vast industrialised concern between 1855 and 1900. It began by making stonewares in local Hungarian styles. Its economically produced decorative wares were popular at the international exhibitions of the 1870s. Technical experiments led to the mastery of a wide range of glazes, including lustres (as here) copied from Italian Renaissance maiolica. This vase, purchased from the factory's Paris outlet, depicts the Little Goose Girl, from the fairy-tale made popular by the brothers Grimm.(1987-2006)
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic reference
Greenhalgh, Paul (Ed.), Art Nouveau: 1890-1914 . London: V&A Publications, 2000
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Record createdJanuary 2, 2004
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