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Faience Bowl by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg Studio, Sweden, 1950s

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A beautiful faience bowl with amazing geometric pattern. Designed by Stig Lindberg in Gustavsberg Studio, Sweden, 1950s. Good condition (there is a small mark in the glaze shown in detail picture). Signed with the Gustavsberg studio hand. Stig Lindberg and Gustavsberg’s artistic leader Wilhelm Kåge designed the first faience objects in the early 1940s. They were made of earthenware with milky white glazes and strong colored geometric or floral patterns. The faiences were molded or thrown, and then decorated by hand in the Gustavsberg Studio. They were often signed with the ”Studio hand”, model mark, pattern mark, color mark, and painter’s mark. Stig Lindberg (1916-1982) was a Swedish ceramic designer, glass designer, textile designer, industrial designer, painter, and illustrator. One of Sweden's most important postwar designers, Lindberg created whimsical studio ceramics and graceful tableware lines during a long career with the Gustavsberg pottery factory. Stig Lindberg's unique objects come from a more than 40-year long artistry (1937–1982) at the Gustavsberg's Porcelain Factory. In 1942, Gustavsberg's artistic leader Wilhelm Kåge started the G-Studio, which became a creative haven for the company's artists. Stig Lindberg’s unique stoneware got its significant breakthrough in 1945 at an exhibition at the NK department store in Stockholm. Stig exhibited his work together with colleagues Berndt Friberg and Wilhelm Kåge. They were humorously described as the "three wise men" in the press. Stig stepped into the 1950s as the newly appointed artistic leader of Gustavsberg. During the decade, his unique stoneware was exhibited at the Triennale of Milan (1951, 1954, and 1957), H55 in Helsingborg (1955), and Georg Jensen in New York (1957). The 1950s appreciation of geometric shapes and patterns could also be seen in Stig’s unique stoneware. This is most obvious in the vases with spherical bodies on a conical base, which are extremely popular among contemporary collectors. The style can also be seen in the ”Gnurgla” vases from 1954 with oval organic shapes. Stig Lindberg began the 1960s as a celebrity in the international design world. During the period, his unique stoneware was exhibited, among other places, at the large Swedish Form exhibition (1962). A distinctive feature of the style were the vases with varying shapes and a segmented appearance. Eventually, figures also appeared in the unique vases and bowls. These figures could penetrate the vessel walls with "Lindbergesque” humor. During the decade, Stig also made more unique miniatures, reasonably due to Gunnar Nylund's and Berndt Friberg's successes in this field. In the 1970s, Stig’s health deteriorated, and there were economic difficulties for Gustavsberg. During this period, his unique stoneware was exhibited at NK (1971) and in Höganäs (1973). The objects were given more folksy shapes and even more rustic expressions.
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