1) 2) A tiled stove dating from 1864, formerly in use in Heimberg, Canton of Berne, with detail of the coloured tiles. Now in the Historical Museum, Thun. 3) 'Mermaid', a sgraffito wall decoration from Tschierv, Canton of the Grisons. 4) A decorative pattern on the walls of the Pedrun House in Andeer, Canton of the Grisons. 1) 2) Trockenofen der Töpferei Küenzi aus dem Jahr 1864. Früher in Heimberg, Kanton Bern, jetzt im Historischen Museum in Thun. 2) Detailaufnahme der bemalten Kacheln. 3) »Meerfraulein«. Sgraffito-Wanddekoration in Tschierv, Kanton Graubünden. 4) Dekoratives Ornament auf der Mauer von Haus Pedrun in Andeer, Kanton Graubünden. 1) 2) Poêle de faience de 1864, utilisé jadis a Heimberg, dans le canton de Berne, avec détail des carreaux de couleur. II se trouve aujourd'hui au Musée historique de Thoune. 3) «Sirène», fresque murale a Tschierv, dans le canton des Grisons. 4) Ornement mural de la maison Pedrun a Andeer, dans les Grisons. Popular Art in Switzerland Volkskunst in der Schweiz Arts populaires en Suisse 554 velopment of modern industrial methods of production to destroy the flpr original purity of expression found in popular art. We do not use magic jfi':. rituals any more, we cast no spells and invoke no spirits, we have lost our hi, faith or at least our fervour, and when the burghers of Zurich cere- IM monially burn the effigy of death and winter in their spring festival, they hp» do so only by way of a merry and colourful entertainment or to keep [c.. v. the old custom alive. We no longer have those deep wells of belief from which the old folk p!kv artists could draw up the imaginative elements of their subject-matter; jjrvu and for this reason to attempt to revive folk art today would be little is; more than absurd. Yet even though popular art, as exemplified on these is pages, has now vanished, even though the metaphysical reasons for the pi making of objects of daily use have ceased to exist, the objects themselves are still needed, and in greater quantities than ever before. The trend in ta modern design is once again to adapt the object to the human hand, just jls.. as in the old days the shape of a jug was decided both by the hand of the s potter and by that of the housewife who was later to use it.

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