Large ovoid vase with peonies signed 'Franz A Bischoff' (near the base) porcelain height: 21in
PROVENANCE: Private collection, Central California
Franz Bischoff received his early artistic training in Vienna and later in Dresden, studying the popular art of china painting. In 1883 he emigrated to New York and sooner after to Pittsburgh, where we worked in a glass factory. After two subsequent moves and further practice in china painting, he started the Bischoff School of Ceramic Art in New York and Detroit. He maintained a studio in Dearborn, Michigan, conducting classes from there and in several major cities. During his 14 years in Michigan, his work in pottery received the highest honors in the World's Fair Exhibitions in Chicago (1893), St. Louis (1904) and Paris (1900).
The photographs above show examples of Bischoff's ceramic work displayed in his studio. In one the cache pot, lot 40, can be seen. In the other photo, the vase with painted peonies, lot 39, may be located on the center table.