Richard Riemerschmid is one of the greatest German designers of the twentieth century and the leading representative of the “functionalist” wing of Munich “Jugendstil”, native of the city. His views came to dominate the design establishment. His name is especially associated with stoneware manufactured in the Westerwald, which drew the highest praise from critics and soon began to be produced in series.
This butter dish is part of a 5 pieces set, the series with the modelnumber 1730: a mustard-pot, an eggcup, a salt-bowl, a milkbowl and a plate. The mustard-pot, a vessel on three legs (cp. offer) belongs to Riemerschmids early ceramic works in the year 1902. It became in form and decor model for the other dishes-parts which were developed from 1904 on.
All parts have a spherical body ornamented in a pattern of offset, rounded bubbles. Riemerschmid’s designs emerged from his own experiments at the potter`s wheel, adapted age-old techniques to modern production methods; they featured solid forms derived from the properties of the material and simple patterns in traditional colours.
Lit.: Reinhold Merkelbach Spezialpreisliste 1905, p.125, im.94, p.54; Joseph August Lux: Der Geschmack im Alltag, Dresden 1908, im. S.87; Deutsches Warenbuch, Dürerbund-Werkbund-Genossenschaft, Hellerau bei Dreden o.J. (1915), p.103/K317-322.
Furthermore: H. Rezepa-Zabel: Richard Riemerschmid, in: Sammler Journal, October 2013, p.26-34.