The Madonna and child: A very tall figure by Elfriede Balzar Kopp

Stock Number: – OWA3177

Date: – Circa 1960s/70

Materials: – German 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 scarce Studio Pottery figure of The Madonna & Child by Elfriede Balzar Kopp. The study is  exquisitely modelled and decorated in traditional enamels, metallic oxides and a salt-glaze.

Size: –The figure measure 75cm tall and weigh 18.55kg in total

Condition: – This study is in excellent condition without any chips, cracks, losses or restoration to the body or decoration. 

History & Marks: – The figure is unmarked but it may have had a label on the body which has been removed. This figure by repute was in the personal collection of the Balzar Kopp family. A further example of the figure can be seen in the Catholic Church, Höhr Grenzhausen. Image is available for those interested also an image of the original price.

Whilst no one could say that this figure is a one off study. One could however say that, although you may come across another example as can be seen in The Catholic Church in Höhr Grenzhausen. One would quickly realise that each one stands alone –  ‘it is a one off’. I state this because the outcome of each piece of studio pottery is decorated individually and the outcome depends deeply on how it is placed in the kiln. Moreover, how it reacts during the firing. Very few studio pieces are totally identical. Also the potting of this figure would be very hard to manage due to its weight.

Please Click the Link Below for an Historical Introduction to the work of Elfried Balzar Kopp.  (You may have to engage your computers Translator “German to English”.) This is often seen in the address bar.                  

Additional information

Weight 18.55 kg
Dimensions 75 cm