Lot No. 1430
Very rare hand modeled Rookwood vase with six striding camels in high relief marching, most likely the work of William Hentschel in 1913. A band of hand carved chevrons encircle the shoulder. Marks include the company logo, the date and shape number 1072 C which is listed as a very plain form in the Shape Record Book. Height is 7 7/8 inches and width is 8 1/2 inches. There is faint crazing, a number of very tiny bubbles in the glaze, especially on the shoulder and firing separations in two of the camels because of the heavy applied clay. Over the years we have seen a number of amazing hand modeled forms from this period with no artist’s signature. The first in recollection was a vase with elephants in relief done in 1913 and sold as lot 376 in the Glover Collection. We feel Hentschel is likely to be the artist in question but cannot prove the attribution. Hentschel was a master carver and in his first years at Rookwood did some remarkable carved scenes with animals, trees and flowers. Shirayamadani was in Japan for several years starting in 1913 so it wasn’t him. Regardless, this is one of the most interesting of the modeled pieces in question and certainly deserving of a signature.