After graduating from the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, Mathilde Flögl became a member of the Wiener Werkstatte following an invitation of Josef Hoffmann. Early on, she worked with Vally Wieselthier and Josef Hoffmann. Our piece is a fine example of her early work. The design of the horse was made by Mathilde Flögl, the finalization by Vally Wieselthier. Depictures of animals range among the most complex ceramics. In this case the fragile limbs are supported by stylized plants to guarantee a damage free firing process. Noteworthy are also the pose of the horse, like a courbette, and the expressive color palette.
This piece is marked at the bottom with “WW”, the model number “251/1” for the first edition and the artists signet “MF” for Mathilde Flögl.
Bib.: Archive of the Wiener Werkstätte in the Museum for Applied Arts in Vienna, design draft inv. no. WWE 244-3