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Gustavsberg

Gustavsberg (Sweden)
Gustavsberg (Sweden)

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.

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Swedish Modern Stoneware Candleholders Karin Björquist for Gustavsberg, 1970s
By Karin Björquist, Gustavsberg
Located in Miami, FL
Set of 4 Swedish modern stoneware candleholders by Karin Björquist for Gustavsberg from the 1970s. Simple well designed cylindrical candleholder in their natural clay with glossy bla...
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

Materials

Ceramic, Earthenware, Pottery

Swedish Modern Pair of Lagun 3 Stoneware Bowls for Gustavberg by Sven Jonson
By Sven Jonson, Gustavsberg
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of Swedish Mid-Century Modern shallow Lagun 3 stoneware vessels by Sven Jonson for Gustavsberg, 1970s. Heavy stoneware catch-all bowls or ashtrays, glazed in a thick rich blue...
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1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Pair of Stoneware Scandinavian Modern Lagun Vessels Sven Jonson for Gustavsberg
By Sven Jonson, Gustavsberg
Located in Miami, FL
A pair of Swedish Mid-Century Modern Shallow Lagun vessels by Sven Jonson for Gustavsberg, 1970s. Heavy stoneware catch-all bowls or ashtrays, glazed in a thick rich blue glaze with ...
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1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery, Stoneware

Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg Pair of Scandinavian Modern Ceramic Vessels 1970s
By Gustavsberg, Bengt Berglund
Located in Miami, FL
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1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gustavsberg

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Ceramic, Porcelain

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