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Anna-Lisa Thomson

Swedish, 1905-1952

Swedish master ceramicist Anna-Lisa Thomson introduced a spirit to pottery in ways that had not yet been seen before her time. Best known for her "Paprika" series, Thomson brought an expert eye for simple beauty and quiet elegance to the glazed and unglazed surfaces of her tall, slender vases and other decorative objects

Thomson’s love of experimentation with new techniques and materials — especially glazes — lent an unparalleled level of distinction to her works. She often drew her inspiration from bodies of water and the natural world, which is evident in the smooth flow of lines and aquatic luster present in many of her finished pieces.

Thomson was born in 1905 in Karlskrona, Sweden. She studied at the Technical School in Stockholm, completing her schooling in 1924. Shortly after completing her studies, Thomson joined St. Eriks Lervarufabriker in Upsala, and became their artistic director within two years. To this day, she remains the most prominent creator associated with the company's name.

In the 1930s, Thomson joined Upsala Ekeby, where, alongside preeminent ceramic designers Sven Erik Skawonius and Vicke Lindstrand, she changed the course of the company's ceramics division. During her time with Upsala Ekeby, Thomson adopted an ancient Grecian style, adding classic images of doves to her vases and urns in homage to the goddess Athena. She also worked at Gefle Porslinsfabrik.

Thomson spent the last years of her life at her cottage in Grundsund on Sweden's west coast, where she turned her artistic attention to abstract painting. Many of her paintings grace the pages of the poetry book Eko av dagars ljusa klang (Echo of Day Bright Sound), which was published in 1953.

On 1stDibs, find Anna-Lisa Thomson ceramic vases, lighting and serveware.

Green & Black Art Deco Vase, Upsala Ekeby Anna-Lisa Thomson, Sweden, 1930s
By Upsala Ekeby, Anna-Lisa Thomson
Located in Stockholm, SE
A beautiful green and black ceramic vase with orange handles in lovely art deco style produced in between 1935-38 by Anna-Lisa Thomson at Upsala Ekeby. It is 18 cm (7,2") tall and a...
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Ceramic

Anna-Lisa Thomson, Vase, Earthenware, Sweden, 1930s
By Anna-Lisa Thomson, Upsala Ekeby
Located in High Point, NC
A white and orange-glazed earthenware vase designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson and produced by Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1930s.
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Earthenware

Anna-Lisa Thomson, Vase, Earthenware, Sweden, 1930s
By Anna-Lisa Thomson, Upsala Ekeby
Located in High Point, NC
A white and orange-glazed earthenware vase designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson and produced by Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1930s.
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1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Earthenware

Scandinavian Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson Stoneware Vase, White Matte Glaze model 23
By Gamla Uppsala Keramik, Anna-Lisa Thomson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavia Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson Stoneware Vase, White Matte Glaze, model 23. With its elegant white matte glaze and slender opening, this vase is perfect for showcasing a single...
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1930s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson Stoneware Vase, Off-White Glazed, Sweden
By Anna-Lisa Thomson, Gamla Uppsala Keramik
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavia Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson, stoneware vase, off-white glaze, model 23. With its elegant white off-White glaze and slender opening, this vase is perfect for showcasing a sin...
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Stoneware

Scandinavian Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson Stoneware Vase in Jade green, Sweden
By Gamla Uppsala Keramik, Anna-Lisa Thomson
Located in Stockholm, SE
Scandinavian Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson stoneware vase in Jade green, Uppsala Ekeby, Introducing the stunning jade green vase by Anna-Lisa Tho...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Stoneware

Unique Vase by Anna-Lisa Thomson. Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1940s
By Upsala Ekeby, Anna-Lisa Thomson
Located in Malmö, SE
A unique and beautiful vase with amazing green glaze. Designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson for Upsala Ekeby, Sweden, 1940s. Excellent condition. Impressed 'EKEBY'. Anna-Lisa Thomson (190...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Ceramic Vase Flower Meadow by Anna-Lisa Thomson, Upsala Ekeby, 1940s, Sweden
By Upsala Ekeby, Anna-Lisa Thomson
Located in Bochum, NRW
A lovely decorative ceramic vase designed by Anna-Lisa Thomson in the 1940s for Ekeby, Sweden. Model 'Flora', realized between 1948-1950. Glazed ceramic, hand painted, form number 24...
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Anna-Lisa Thomson

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Ceramic

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Anna-Lisa Thomson furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Anna-Lisa Thomson furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Anna-Lisa Thomson were created in the Scandinavian Modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Höganäs Keramik, Ewald Dahlskog, and Bo Fajans. Prices for Anna-Lisa Thomson furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $480 and can go as high as $4,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,643.

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