Pair of Carl-Harry Stålhane Rapsodi (Rhapsody) Series Swedish Mod Vases for Rörstrand | 1957, Rare
THE ITEM This pair of iconically Swedish mid-century modern vases was designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane (b. 1920 - d. 1990), one of the most renowned ceramic artists of quintessential Swedish ceramic design in the 20th century.
These pieces come from the Rapsodi (Rhapsody) series, which were decorated by hand to give each piece its a unique touch. The simple form features the textured, radial design on its front and back, which makes the vases invite touch as well as being reversible for display. The variations of the Monochrome colour palette as well as the striking palette of Ink black, Lime green, Cobalt blue and Aubergine purple are a rare find. What makes them an even rarer find is the damage-free condition both pieces are in.
CONDITION Excellent. There are no chips, damages, or repairs. The underside of each vase bears light movement marks that are commensurable with the age of the pieces. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of both pieces is stamped with Rorstrand's logo, the series name 'Rapsodi' and Stalhane's 'CHS' initials.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm x c. 3.7" / 9.4 cm (across its widest point). Rim measurements: c. 1.8" / 4.5 cm x c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Base measurements: c. 3.7" / 9.4 cm x c. 1.7" / 4.3 cm. Unpackaged weight (both vases): c. 0.4 kg / 405 g
NOTES Vases will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Carl-Harry Stålhane (b. 1920- d. 1990) is a celebrated Swedish ceramic artist who played a major role in popularising Swedish ceramics during the 20th century. Stålhane worked for more than three decades at Rörstrand, one of the oldest ceramics manufacturers in Sweden and in Europe. Stålhane was a well-known artistic leader for the Rörstrand factory in the 1960s.
Over the course of his career, Stålhane created several public works for The Commerce Trust Company in Kansas City, Missouri, and for Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden. His work is represented at several international museums, including Stockholm’s National museum and New York’s MoMA.
Pair of 1950s-60s Mid Century Modernist, Woven Cocoon Coral and Cream Table Lamps | Panton Era
THE ITEM These chic works of mid-century design are a stunning example of the beloved Space Age Modernist design, Modernist design was made famous by Verner Panton (b. - d. 1926 - d. 1998). Panton is considered one of Denmark's most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers, known as a master of shape and colour. Panton created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colours.
The lampshades of this particular pair have been crafted from a Dusty Coral Pink fibre woven into a spherical cocoon, which both gives the lampshades a sharp silhouette and a tactile surface that invites touch. The lamp bases are shaped to the sleek, graduating form, commonly known as the 'Tulip' form.
The signature curves of Panton era design shine through beautifully in these lamps and make an excellent addition to a room featuring Modernist, Retro, or Contemporary decor.
CONDITION Very Good. There is mild use wear to the woven lampshades as well as to the lamp bases that are commensurate with the age of the lamps, please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The electrical plugs are two-pin European fitting and the length of the cable is c. 63" / 160 cm.
MEASUREMENTS Per Lamp - Height: c. 9.4" / 24 cm tall (from base to lampshade rim). Lampshade diameter: c. 5.5" / 14 cm (across lampshade's widest point. Base diameter: c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight (pair, inc. wiring) c. 0.9 kg / 890 g
NOTES The lamps will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1960s-70 Swedish Studio Pottery, Chocolate Lime Palette, Sgraffito Earthenware Bottle Vase
THE ITEM This simply formed yet elegant piece is of Mid Century Swedish Modernist design. The design and type of clay used reflects prevalent Swedish Modern design influences and can be found in the works of Ulla Winblad of Alingsas Keramik and Elsi Bourelius of Jie Gantofta produced during the same time period.
True to the roots of Modernist design, the simplicity in the form of this vase speaks to an honest expression of the natural material. The abstract bottle form is evenly balanced and finished with a severe flat rim, giving center stage to the rich, matte textured, dark-chocolate hued earthenware clay and Sgraffito, gloss glazed decor.
The encircling surface decor is a softly geometric and incised Sgraffito pattern which makes the piece subtly tactile and presenting a further display of the clean and sleek delineation of the Modernist influence. The Sgraffito pattern is accentuated with the use of a striking shade of pale Chartreuse-Lime that is overlaid with a clear, high-gloss glaze. The Sgraffito and the high-gloss combination creates standout contrast against the matte Dark Chocolate earthenware.
The combination of multiple Modernist influences in the form, detail, and glaze is seamless and enables this elegantly expressive piece to suit a room with Contemporary, Modernist or even Industrial themed decor.
CONDITION Excellent. No crazing, chips, cracks, or repairs, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base bears the makers mark and form number.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 6.9" / 17.5 cm tall (from base to tallest rim), diameter: c. 3.7" / 9.3 cm (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.7" / 9.3 cm. Rim diameter: c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 565 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Kintsugi |1977 Bjorn Wiinblad, Lady with Songbirds, Red on White Ceramic Sculpture | Danish, Rare
THE ITEM This elegant, whimsical and exceptional sculpture is by celebrated Danish illustrator and glass, silver, ceramics designer Bjorn Wiinblad (b. 1918 - d. 2006). Wiinblad often designed for a number of big names as well as the pottery studios he owned, such as Vaerksted, Nymolle and Det Blaa Hus. The dating and style of this sculpture places it as a handpainted studio work that was crafted at his own Vaerksted [Workshop] studio, which Wiinblad established in 1952 in Copenhagen. Vaerksted pieces by Wiinblad show his graphic skills at their best – where he was able to convey an emotion or feeling with just a few brushstrokes or marks.
Those familiar with Wiinblads illustrative work will be familiar with the exquisite level of detail his imagination goes to. This richness of detail is brought to life across many elements of this sculpture; such as the individually shaped, stylised leaves and flowers resting in the figure's hat, the tiny birds resting on the figure's arms and knees, and the flowing, draped folds of the dress. Further careful attention is evident in intricate handpainted patterns decorating the dress and the care taken even when illustrating eyelashes.
This piece additionally features golden Kintsugi bonding, following careful repairing and highlighting, the bonding has been predominantly applied to the candleholder extension cup (top section of hat). The Kintsugi technique is modern and has been applied in a tactile manner, a gentle yet striking compliment to the sculpture's tones of red and white.
CONDITION Excellent. The separate candleholder extension cup (top section of hat) has been carefully repaired using a robust water-resistant and durable golden resin. The resin has also been applied to three minor spots on the body. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the piece bears Wiinblad's signature, dated with '77' and finally, denoted with 'DANMARK'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 12.6" / 32 cm tall (from base to tallest point, including hat/candleholder extension) x . 5.5" / 14 cm width (across widest point). Depth: c. 6.3" / 16 cm (from front to back). Unpackaged weight: c. 1.3 kg / 1,345 g
NOTES Sculpture will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Born in 1918 in Copenhagen, Bjorn Wiinblad began his training and path to success in 1935. Wiinblad sought the path to his first passion of art and enrolled in graphic school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, debuting in 1945 with an extensive exhibition in Palægade, Copenhagen. He met and became firm friends Jacob E. Bang around this time, who engaged him to work for Nymølle Pottery.
From the beginnings at Nymolle, Wiinblad received multiple commissions, from designing textile and embroidery patterns to drawing posters, book and magazine illustrations. Wiinblad drew for the United Nations in Paris and designed costumes and stages for several theatrical performances. His fame grew in Denmark but soon would extend to Norway and Sweden and in 1950 his ceramics were exhibited at Bonnier's in New York, which specialised in Scandinavian design.
Wiinblad's recognition and acclaim would continue to grow, bringing him a silver medal at the first international ceramics festival in 1955 in Cannes, France and appointment as artistic director for Rosenthal in 1960. During the 1960s, Wiinblad would become owner to a number of ceramic studios including Vaerksted, Nymolle and Det Blaa Hus. He would make Det Blaa Hus his workshop and home until his death in 2006.
Wiinblad's successes did not stop in the Sixties, his continued achievements and international success were extensively documented and celebrated on the dedicated website: https://www.bjornwiinblad-denmark.dk/om-bjoern-wiinblad
Kintsugi is a Japanese philosophy with similarities to the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which includes ideas surrounding the embracing of the flawed or imperfect. The art of Kintsugi ("golden joinery") is the repairing of broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The aesthetics of this philosophy values breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.