German, 1875 - 1967
J. Winhardt & Co., manufacturer (Munich)
Dia. 12 in.
Ludwig Vierthaler first came to prominence around 1906 as a metalwork designer in Munich and for a brief time worked in New York for Tiffany & Company. Vierthaler is best known for the atmospheric colors he created on his copper vases, planters, urns, and bowls, which usually feature aquatic plants and animals. This remarkable bowl, like many of his works, has been inset with semiprecious stones and mother-of-pearl. In it, a crablike creature occupies one side while the tentacles of another animal wrap around the opposite side, leaving the central area free for the artist’s famous painterly effects.