Elfriede Balzar Kopp, a deep cobalt studio pottery pewter lidded wine jug.
Stock Number: – OWA1744
Date: – Circa 1960s/70
Materials: – Westerwald Clay; An Advantage For Potters! The extensive clay quarries of the Westerwald region are the largest connected deposits in Europe. Only a few other regions in the world are known to have clay sources of comparable size and quality. Around 15 different types of clay occur here, including a very valuable white clay also known as “white gold”. The Westerwald clay has a high degree of ductility, is almost free of impurities and has very good sintering properties. These clays are perfectly suited for stoneware production, a high fired, waterproof, acid-resistant, impermeable pottery. The clay was easily kneaded, thrown, deformed as well as knitted, melt, beaten and whipped. It is a serious partner to the potter reacting to any treatment.
Country of Origin: – Germany, Höhr Grenzhausen
Description: – A striking pewter lidded decanter made in the Höhr Grenzhausen studios of Elfried Balzar-Kopp. The decanter is beautifully decorated with a study with a leaping stag and stylised flowers in deep crisp sgraffito work and traditional enamels & glaze.
Size: – The jug is 31cm tall to the tip if the pewter lid handle & 14cm wide at the base. It is also 1.615kg in weight
Condition: – The jug is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks losses or restoration to the body, decoration or enamels.
History & Marks: – This jug is signed/Inscribed Balzar Kopp and dates from Circa 1960s/70. Whilst no one could say that this piece is a one off, one can say that although you may come across another jug decorated in the same manner. One would quickly realise that it is a one off, this is because of the hand decoration and how it reacts during the firing. Very few studio pieces are identical.