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Bengt Berglund for Gustavsberg Pair of Scandinavian Modern Ceramic Vessels 1970s

US$175per set

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A pair of Bengt Berglund's Tobacco porcelain pitchers from the 1970s for Gustavsberg, Swedish Ceramics Company. It seems that the pitchers were made only in the two colors shown here. The decoration is of Colonial time smoking habits showing Native Indians and Europeans featured in fictional (?) Tobacco Companies' advertising promotions. Topped with cork stoppers. Both with the Gustavsberg Logo and impressed model number on the bottoms. Bengt Berglund (b. 1936, Sweden) enrolled in Gustavsberg's Vocational School in 1954, where he acquired the training to become a ceramist. He worked for Gustavsberg from 1960-1982. Price is for the pair. Measurements: 3 inches diameter, with the spout 4 inches x 8 1/2 inches high without the cork.

Details

  • Creator
    Gustavsberg (Manufacturer),Bengt Berglund (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.66 cm (8.13 in.)Diameter: 7.62 cm (3 in.)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The cork stoppers have minor wear but not real issues. Porcelain vessels, no issues.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU830120490462

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About the Manufacturer

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.

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