A beautiful ceramic studio bust-vase has recently come into three rooms by the celebrated Swiss ceramicist Raoh Schorr. The near life-sized work is a surrealist Nijinsky-like male head very much in the art-deco style, from the early 1940’s.
Schorr was a Swiss sculptor, ceramicist, painter and designer. Born at Muttenz, Switzerland; he studied art at Basel, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva, under Hans Hofmann at Munich, and at the Grande Chaumiere in Paris. He had a studio in Paris for thirteen years, and modeled many sculptures in the Paris Zoo. He settled in England in 1936. His sculptures were mostly of animals; his paintings of animals and flowers. Schorr exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1937. Aside from his art, he was active as a designer of fabrics, interior decoration, exhibitions, sculptures for film and theatre, and incredible installations for shop windows. Significantly, while living in London, he modeled animals for the Royal Worcester Porcelain Company; his Bengal Tiger is in the Tate Gallery’s collection of Modern Art.
A book on his life and works entitled Raoh Schorr, 1901-1991 Muttenz, Paris, London: ein Kunstlerleben Hildegard Gantner-Schlee; mit einem Beitrag von Florens Deuchler was published in 1995 by Verlag des Kantons Basel-Landschaft.