Smoker with Tobacco-Jar
Hand painted, Vers. I
The enjoyment of tobacco is a social event. Over a civilised pipe or cigar, many an issue can be discussed in peace. And so it came to be that the architect Max Michael Oswald ordered two hand-painted smoker figurines as wall decorations for the fireplace corner of the “Patria” steamboat’s first class section. The occasion was used to decorate the elegant appearance of Josef Wackerle’s “Smoker with tobacco jar” with its blue-white ornamental painting, a characteristic that remains to this very day.