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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.

Josef Ekberg Art Deco Wall Pocket Vase by Gustavsberg of Sweden
By Gustavsberg, Josef Ekberg
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Josef Ekberg (1877-1945) Art Deco wall pocket vase from the Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory of Sweden, produced during the second quarter of the 20th century. The lobed vessel fans o...
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20th Century Swedish Art Deco Gustavsberg

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Ceramic

Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg
By Berndt Friberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Stoneware vase by Berndt Friberg, in a stately shape with a sharp finish to the body where it transitions to the nozzle. Pale yellow hare’s fur glaze.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Stoneware

  • Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg
  • Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg
  • Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg
  • Stoneware Vase by Berndt Friberg
H 11.42 in. Dm 3.94 in.
Faience Vase by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1950s
By Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Cool faience vase by Stig Lindberg, in a lively, fun form. Graphic pattern of black and green stripes, elegantly hand-painted.
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1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic

Art Deco Gustavsberg Sgraffito Vase Josef Ekberg
By Gustavsberg, Josef Ekberg
Located in Langserud, SE
Art Deco Sgraffito vase decorated with a floral motif, by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg. Sgraffito is a way of combining two layers into a pattern, the second layer is scraped of and...
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1920s Swedish Art Deco Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic

Unique Stoneware Vase by Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
By Stig Lindberg, Gustavsberg
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful, unique stoneware vase by Stig Lindberg in a whimsical pouchy form and with a striking graphic pattern. Beautiful blue and rich brown glaze shifting over the body.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Stoneware

Unique Stoneware Mask by Bengt Berglund, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
By Gustavsberg, Bengt Berglund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Unique stoneware wall mask by Bengt Berglund. Abstract, very expressive face in earthy tones and glazed surface.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Stoneware

Margaretta Hennix Studio Bowl Gustavsberg 1982, Scandinavian Modern
By Margareta Hennix, Gustavsberg
Located in New York, NY
A large studio bowl designed by Margareta Hennix with dark brown-black and cream white glazes. Four notches detail the rim of the bowl and a low foot elevates the bowl. Signed on the...
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Late 20th Century Scandinavian Scandinavian Modern Gustavsberg

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Clay

Unique Stoneware Mask by Bengt Berglund, Gustavsberg, Sweden, 1960s
By Gustavsberg, Bengt Berglund
Located in Stockholm, SE
Striking, unique stoneware wall mask by Bengt Berglund. Abstract face form with a gilded top and enigmatic embossed pattern of letters.
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1960s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Stoneware

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Gustavsberg furniture for sale on 1stDibs

The Gustavsberg furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Gustavsberg collection of furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 239 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Gustavsberg's original furniture was created in Scandinavian modern style during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gunnar Nylund, Carl-Harry Stålhane and Stig Lindberg. The prices for Gustavsberg furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $175 and tops out at $29,831, while pieces like these can sell for $1,727 on average.