decorative arts, antiques
The artist joined the Johann von Schwarz Keramikfabrik in Nuremberg in 1896 where he decorated pictorial ceramic tiles with delicate female figures against a summer landscape. Carl Luber attained a pioneering role with regard to the introduction of Jugendstil ceramics through his work there.
The technique used to produce these tiles and give them life was ingenious. The tiles were press molded by a machine in a cuenca fashion, allowing a speedier production, but the faces were left blank and were painstakingly painted by hand, bringing these beautiful women to life.
‘Art faiences’ produced by the firm of Johann von Schwarz are among the best of the fine Art Nouveau ceramics made in Germany.