Illustration of the proposed sculpture in the Heritage Garden, Monument Valley Park, Colorado Springs
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The Horticultural Art Society has contracted with Larry Terrafranca to carve a statue inspired by the famous Lorelei Vase by Artus Van Briggle. Your donation dollars will help make this project possible.
Artist and sculptor Larry Terrafranca approached the Horticultural Art Society in 2015 with the idea of sculpting a representation of Artus Van Briggle’s Lorelei vase for the Heritage Garden. He suggested placing the sculpture at the center of the formal walled parterre better known as the Thyme Garden which currently has more than 50 Van Briggle tiles placed within the brick walls and the round structure at the center.
No single piece of art pottery has captured the hearts and imaginations of collectors like the Lorelei vase of Artus Van Briggle. Sculpted in the Art Nouveau style, the Lorelei is reminiscent of the German Romantic tale of a beautiful young woman who distracted Rhine River sailors to their destruction.
Auctioneer David Rago, foremost expert in American Arts and Crafts pottery and appraiser on the Antique Roadshow, stated: “This vase, which bears a signature in Van Briggle’s hand, is the only two-color version from 1902, essentially the first multi-color Lorelei known, and one of only a few of his iconic form of such early vintage. The modeling is excellent, as is the condition. I would think that, if one only wanted an exceptional single example of Van Briggle’s work, this may as well be it.”
Rago was indeed correct about the desirability and rarity of this vase, but understated its potential value to collectors, which soared to $275,000 well above the estimate of $50,000 to $75,000, surely an auction record for a Van Briggle vase! In an article of the Arts and Crafts Collector’s Newsletter, Bruce Johnson describes the Lorelei vase as “by far the most popular vase ever designed and produced at the Van Briggle Pottery, and possibly the most famous piece of American art pottery ever produced.”
The Heritage Garden sculpture will articulate the historic, cultural and artistic context of the Van Briggle legacy and will add to the uniqueness of this particular garden. The Van Briggle history will add to the character and resonance of the Heritage Garden. The proximity of the Historic Van Briggle Pottery with its ornate decoration suggests this historical tie to the Heritage Garden. Can you help us make this happen?
The Horticultural Art Society’s mission is to Enhance – Educate – Enrich our community with public gardens which includes art. Art can reveal and enhance the underlying identity of our community — the unique meaning, value, and character — of the physical and social form of our gardens. Art enriches our community and gardens in countless ways, from adding the spark of new ideas and energy to adding natural beauty. We want to celebrate the existing garden’s character, and ultimately create, reinforce, or enhance sense of place. Finally, garden enhancements can play an important role in providing education about the historical and cultural context of our community and our gardens. We are trying to evolve and embrace new ideas while balancing the inherent conflicting nature of past, present, and future community values and culture within the Heritage garden.
We need your financial support in order to realize our goal. There is no feeling quite like knowing your contribution helped bring the Van Briggle Lorelei Vase Sculpture into the Horticultural Art Society’s Heritage Garden. A contribution of any size will help us achieve this goal. Every cent counts for us as a non-profit volunteer-supported organization. Your contribution is, of course, tax deductible. We will provide a receipt and thank you letter to all who have contributed and we thank you in advance for your support. All contributions, as always, will be for the express purpose for which they have been given.