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Gustavsberg

The Gustavsberg porcelain factory was, for many decades, the largest ceramics maker in Sweden and home to some of the most innovative and ingenious makers of the past century. The company, founded in 1825, mass-produced a wide range of products: first decorative household items and tableware in the English style and later bathroom fixtures, including the first pressed-steel bathtubs that would oust heavy cast iron. But of first interest to collectors are the remarkable decorative works created in the Gustavsberg art pottery studio, in particular those by master ceramists Wilhelm Kåge, Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg

Gustavsberg began producing some individually crafted, highly decorated and richly glazed pieces in the 1860s. While the forms of their mass-produced vessels and plates derived from English, Continental and Asian styles, a select few painters won acclaim for their personal artistry. Gunnar Wennerberg became known for his work in the organic Art Nouveau style, and Josef Ekberg, the company’s design chief from 1908 to 1917, was revered for his expert use of iridescent lusterware glazes and the sgraffito technique, in which a decorative pattern is incised in the surface of a clay pot before it is glazed and fired. 

It was not until Ekberg’s successor, Wilhelm Kåge, opened Gustavsberg’s first dedicated art pottery studio that the work became widely recognized. Kåge’s “Argenta” series, which encompasses a variety of vessels coated with an oxidized green glaze and decorated in silver motifs, remains popular. Though perhaps his most striking works are his “Surrea” vases — white bisque porcelain in off-kilter forms inspired by Cubist paintings — and his “Farsta” wares, which include totemic, spindly footed stoneware vases and bowls with textured surfaces, glazed in brown, green and blue.

Kåge’s finest protégés, Berndt Friberg and Stig Lindberg, took over from Kåge as Gustavsberg’s design directors in 1945. Friberg was a master potter. He threw elegant, simple, symmetrical vases and bowls painstakingly coated in layer after layer of matte glazing to achieve a classic striated effect known as “rabbit’s fur.” Lindberg’s highly collectible studio ceramics fall into two principal categories: The first is made of white porcelain pieces in round, biomorphic or stylized natural forms. The second includes weightier vases — many with textured bodies and applied decorations — glazed in deep, earthy colors. As you will see from the works on these pages, Gustavsberg was a bastion of creativity and precise artistry that turned out a remarkable range of works whose style still resonates with lovers of Scandinavian design.

Art Nouveau Table Lamp, Sgraffito, Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg -1921
By Josef Ekberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Örebro, SE
Beautiful art nouveau table lamp, sgraffito, Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg -1921. Good vintage condition, wear and patina consistent with age and use. Please notice, the shade is not ...
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1920s Swedish Art Nouveau Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic

Unique Art Nouveau Pale Blue Ceramic Table Lamp by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg
By Josef Ekberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Grythyttan, SE
This art nouveau table lamp is designed by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1919. An exemplar of art nouveau design, this vase, crafted by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg, showcase...
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1910s Swedish Art Nouveau Vintage Gustavsberg

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Stoneware

Gustavsberg vases by Josef Ekberg, Sweden 1930
By Gustavsberg
Located in Bronx, NY
Green ceramic vases By Josef Ekberg Gustavsberg, Sweden 1930 in excellent condition quartz colored with gold ornament surround the top of the rim and the foot . Surface has a color ...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Gustavsberg

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Ceramic

Stoneware "Farsta" Platter by Wilhelm Kåge, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1940s
By Gustavsberg, Wilhelm Kage
Located in Stockholm, SE
“Farsta” bowl or platter, made from stoneware in a smooth, thick form. Striking glaze in nuances of reddish brown, ochre and green. “Farsta” stoneware is recognized as being the bes...
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1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Stoneware

Midcentury Ceramic Collection of "Pungo" Vases Stig Lindberg Gustavsberg, 1950s
By Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
The pungo vase made in Sweden 1950s by the master Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg. The pungo vase have the most beautiful form and with its matt white glaze this is a piece for many en...
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic

Stig Lindberg Horse, Gustavsberg Studio, Sweden, 1952-1972
By Gustavsberg, Stig Lindberg
Located in Autonomous City Buenos Aires, CABA
Probably made 1956-1957, painted in black and brown against white backdrop. Signed G, studio hand Stig L.
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic, Stoneware

Large Faience Bowl by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg Studio, Sweden, 1950s
By Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Malmö, SE
A beautiful faience bowl with amazing geometric pattern. Designed by Stig Lindberg in Gustavsberg Studio, Sweden, 1950s. Excellent condition. Signed with the Gustavsberg studio hand...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Gustavsberg

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Ceramic, Earthenware

Large Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg for Gustavsberg Studio, Sweden, 1971
By Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Malmö, SE
A large and beautiful stoneware vase with amazing hare’s fur glaze. Made by master thrower Berndt Friberg, in the artist's studio at Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1971. Great condition. Slig...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Gustavsberg

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Ceramic, Stoneware

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Gustavsberg furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gustavsberg 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 Gustavsberg furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gustavsberg 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 Upsala Ekeby, Carl-Harry Stålhane, and Stig Lindberg. Prices for Gustavsberg furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $95 and can go as high as $20,792, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,502.

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