Austrian, b. 1879
Josef Böck, manufacturer (Vienna)
Tureen, c. 1902–1903
H. 7 x W. 10 1/2 (to handles) x D. 7 1/4 in.
In 1900 a course in ceramic techniques was added to the curriculum of Vienna's Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts), formally acknowledging the importance of ceramic design and its application to industry. Soon, its active program was instrumental in forging ties between artists and industry through the exhibition of exemplary works and by fostering collaborations between student designers and ceramicists. In fact, the school's chemistry laboratory complemented the artistic innovations of its design department with technical research.
Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser provided formal instruction; the ceramicists, in turn, executed designs produced by their students such as Thérèse Trethan. Moser was especially active in forming ties with the ceramics industry, and his students reaped the benefits of these connections. Before long, the mark--Schule Moser (School of Moser)--became something of a brand name and a sign of distinction. The firm of Josef Bock, in particular, showed an unusual willingness to pursue the best in modern design as this tureen clearly demonstrates.