New! This vintage watercolor brings all the fall feels
Make way! We’ve got that fresh fall fragrance comin’ in hot with our newest Vintage Edition Vase with Yellow Flowers. Painted in 1915 by Hannah Borger Overbeck, these bright, sunny blooms are sure to emit an unrelenting radiance through the darkening days of fall.
Drawing inspiration from nature, many of Overbeck’s designs displayed plants and florals in their natural environment. She favored plants in the wild, freshly sprouted stems, and circuitous branches and vines winding out of view. Vase with Yellow Flowers departs from the garden but retains that natural composition with its loosely bunched blooms left to lean haphazardly in an asymmetrical arrangement.
These unnamed yellow flowers appear to be everyone’s favorite harbinger of autumn: the Chrysanthemum. Mums flourish when most other flora are fading away from September through November. While they blossom in a handful of hues, nothing heralds in the season like one last glimmer of gold. Positioned against a wash of tawny brushstrokes, these petals pack some serious power catching a surge of sunlight so bright we can feel the warmth—or is that the PSL we’re holding?
Overbeck was the second of four sisters who established Overbeck Pottery in Cambridge City, Indiana in 1911 with the goal of producing high-quality, handmade ceramics as their primary source of income. Pioneers of their time, the women owned and operated every aspect of their business until the last of their deaths in 1955. While initially studying photography, Hannah Borger Overbeck became a skilled sketch artist and watercolor painter, eventually taking charge of the decorative designs for the pottery studio.
Overbeck and her sisters were part of the Arts and Crafts movement, which reached peak popularity from the 1880s to the 1920s. Emerging from growing anxieties about industrialization and the mechanization of the decorative arts, the movement sought to fuel a restoration of handcraftsmanship and design as an art form. The Overbeck sisters embodied the Arts and Crafts philosophy of integrating fine workmanship and design as a holistic system, resulting not only in commercial success but also landing their work in countless museums around the country.
Overbeck’s designs range from stylistic and geometric to ethereal and emotional. Vase with Yellow Flowers is as happy-making as it is nostalgic. From suburban doorstep arrangements to boundless, billowing displays in the Home Depot garden center, mums have always reigned supreme as queens of fall color, an aromatic augury of autumn. And we’re trying to ride that sweater weather high all year ‘round.