Vintage Henrik Knudsen, Bornholm Studio Pottery Hare's Fur Glaze Teardop Candleholder | Danish
THE ITEM This unique work of hand-worked studio pottery is by Danish ceramist, Henrik Knudsen (b. 1943 - d. 2019), created for his own workshop in Nylars of Bornholm, Denmark.
The form of this piece bears the hallmarks of exquisite technique, from the beautifully balanced abstract teardrop shape to the hand-cut filigree openings. The care and attention in crafting this piece even extends to the polishing of the edges for each irregular-jigsaw shaped opening.
The glaze of this piece is a delicately streaked Hare's Fur glaze, the palette of which is composed of a range of browns. The base glaze is of a semi-matte and warm Caramel which has been interspersed with shades of Coffee and Dark Chocolate.
This subtly refined piece is excellent for standalone display or as a candleholder.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, damage or repairs. There is mild age wear most evident in mild movement marks on the underside of the base, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is marked with Knudsen's signature 'Henrik' and stamp of 'BORNHOLM'.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 7.9" / 20 cm x diameter: c. 3.9" / 10 cm (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 423 g
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Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Rare 'Caolina' Black Glaze, Modernist Stoneware Bull Sculpture, 1960s
THE ITEM This exceptional work of mid-century Modernist design is by the renowned ceramic artist and designer Gunnar Nylund, (b.1904 - d.1997). Nylund became well known for his 'matte feldspar' glazed stoneware, crystal glazes and for his stoneware animal sculptures. This piece was designed during his time as artistic director at Rörstrand.
This sculpture is flowing in form, with beautifully sculpted minimalist contours which quietly highlights its muscular feinting posture. The piece is glazed using the matte black on pale green glaze used in Nylunds 'Caolina' series.
Both the form and the glaze of this piece is a rarely seen combination by Nylund, the silky smooth glazed decor and form makes this a very tactile piece. This sculpture would be well suited to a room with decor inspired by Mid Mod, Modernist, Contemporary or even Industrialist themes.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The base bears the inscribed Rörstrand stamp that bears the inscription of 'Rorstrand' and Nylund's initials 'GN'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm by c. 7.8" / 20 cm in length (from nose to tail) by c. 3.6" / 9.1 cm in width (across body's widest point). Unpackaged weight: 0.8 kg / 845 g
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A BIT OF HISTORY Gunnar Nylund (b. 1904 – d.1997) Nylund was a Swedish ceramic designer since the 1930s and is perhaps best known as the artistic director of Rörstrand and was already a well-established ceramic artist in Denmark - first at the Bing & Grøndahl Porcelain factory in Copenhagen and later at Saxbo.
Nylund was resident at Rörstrand from 1931–1955 and for the majority of this time, as artistic director. He became well known for his new matte feldspar glazed stoneware in hare’s fur and crystal glazes and for his stoneware animal sculptures. Over five decades, Nylund crafted some 30 reliefs and sculptures commissioned for public spaces, including Europe’s largest stoneware fountain the “Scanisarius” in Bromölla, Sweden.
Most of Nylund’s original sculptures in stoneware chamotte ended up in museums, as did much of his other work. Sculptures such as the “Lion Head” is found at the National Museum in Stockholm, “Blue Bird” is at the Sèvres museum in Paris, his antelope head “Abyssinian mountain nyala”, is at the Röhsska museet in Gothenburg and the “Hamadryas Baboon” is at the Malmö Museum.
His piece “Bulls head in oxblood” was bought by the Ateneum museum in Helsinki. And a lot of his other work can be found at other museums around the world.
This exquisitely detailed work of illustrated ceramic art is by celebrated Danish illustrator and glass, silver, textiles, ceramics designer Bjorn Wiinblad (b. 1918 - 2006).
Wiinblad's unmistakable style is modern, charming, fantastical and often folkloric and it would be this creativity that would bring him international renown during his career.
This particular piece is a rare stoneware work, the simple stoneware plaque form provides an excellent canvas for Wiinblad's intricately hand-drawn decor.
Very Good. There are cracks or crazing to the ceramic with one minor flake on the right edge - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The reverse is installed with wall hanging fittings.
Height: c. 11.4" / 29 cm (from base to tallest point ) x 7.9" / 20 cm width. Depth: c. 0.8" / 2 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.6 kg / 2,605 g
Wall plaque will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Bjorn Wiinblad was born in 1918 in Copenhagen to Otto and Ebba Wiinblad and even during his childhood, Wiinblad was known to draw, paint and write short stories. Despite his obvious talent and desire to become an artist, Wiinblad's father, Otto would encourage him to train as a typographer, a job which during that time could be depended upon to provide a fixed salary. Wiinblad began this training in 1935 and would graduate five years later in 1940.
Once graduated, Wiinblad would seek out the path to his first passion of art and enrolled in graphic school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. It would be 1943 before fellow student Lars Syberg would invite him to his ceramics workshop and Wiinblad would find his first creative outlet. In 1945, Wiinblad debuted with an extensive exhibition in Palægade in Copenhagen with a collection of ceramics, drawings and posters. Through his exhibition, Wiinblad would meet Jacob E Bang, who at the time, had just become artistic director of the small faience factory Nymølle. Wiinblad would become firm friends Jacob E. Bang who would go on to engage him to work for Nymølle.
From the beginnings at Nymolle, Wiinblad would receive multiple commissions, from designing textile and embroidery patterns for the Håndværkdets Fremme to drawing posters, book and magazine illustrations. Wiinblad drew for the United Nations in Paris as well as costume and stage design for several theatrical performances. His fame grew at home in Denmark but soon it 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. Wiinblad's successes, however, would not stop there, his continued achievements have been extensively documented and celebrated on the dedicated website: https://www.bjornwiinblad-denmark.dk/om-bjoern-wiinblad
Vintage British Steve Woodhead Ceramics, Contemporary Sculptural Stoneware Footed Jug
This sculpted work of contemporary design is the work of British studio potter Steve Woodhead.
True to his style, this piece is hand-built as well as hand-thrown. There is highly skilled detail all over, such as each of the feet being coiled before impressing with a grooved surface. The colour palette is a blend of rich royal blue, peacock and powdered watermelon.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Steve Woodhead has been potting since 1980. setting up his workshop after moving to Rugby, UK from Scarborough in 1987. Woodhead enriched his experience exploring various bodies and glazes and became a fellow of the Craft Potters Association in 1993. He developed his own style in 1995, focusing on brightly coloured work in highly original and sometimes eccentric forms.
Woodhead's work is hand-thrown and hand-built, using surface texture to affect the often multi-layered glazes. The colours of his pieces become deeper and more saturated in the lows and thinner on the highs. He biscuit fires his work in an electric kiln and the reduction firing is in a gas kiln at 1,275 to 1,300°C.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, repairs or signs of use - please see photos as part of condition report. The base is impressed with Steve Woodheads 'sw'' mark.
c. 5.9" / 15 cm tall x c. 6.3" / 16 cm length (spout to handle). Base diameter c. 3.6" / 9.2 cm. Unpackaged weight: 0.5 kg / 483 g
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1960s - 70s Modernist Studio Pottery Carn Pottery Style Oatmeal and Sienna Sgraffito Bottle Vase
This charming studio piece bears mid century Modernist design influences similar to that of the British ceramics studio Carn Pottery in Cornwall.
The Sgraffito decor carved into the oatmeal coloured base glaze is abstract, geometric and reminiscent of the head of a sunflower. The vase is finished with a wash of Sienna coloured glaze to highlight to engraved design.
Excellent, no chips or cracks, there is mild crazing that is commensurable with the age of the piece - please see photos as part of the condition report.
c. 6.7" / 17 cm tall (from base to tallest rim) x 2.4" / 6 cm wide (across body's widest point). Rim diameter: c. 1.8" / 4.5 cm
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 / 356 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Guérin by Roger Guérin, Double-Sided Decor Salt-Glaze Stoneware Vase | 1940s, Belgian, Rare
THE ITEM This stunning work of art by Roger Guerin hints at Northwest Pacific tribal symbolism with the abstract bear and jaybird decor. This hand-thrown vase is an outstanding example of his work, featuring unusual spouts and additions to its shape as well as hand-incised decorations offers high artistic value.
This piece is hand-glazed with a rich mix of earth tones and shades of metallic cobalt blue, copper, pale green, deep and light browns. The special technique of salt glazing gives beautifully rich and variegated surface effect, making it even more unique.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is mild wear to the glaze that is consistent with age and use. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the vase bears Guerin's inscribed signature 'guerin' and number 'A25.6'.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 10.2" / 26 cm tall by c. 8" / 20 cm diameter (across the body's widest point). Rim diameter: c. 3.3" / 8.5 cm. Base diameter: c. 3.9" / 9.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.8 kg / 1,817 gm.
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Research into this piece has validated its rarity, with only one other piece by Roger Guerin that is also available for sale and although is similar in style, but different in decoration: Roger Guerin Double-Sided Vase
A BIT OF HISTORY Belgian leading ceramicist Roger Guerin or Guérin (1896-1954 ) was a renowned Belgian studio master ceramicist from the village of Bouffioulx near Charleroi. He started his own workshop in 1918 and specialised in experimental salt-glaze techniques at the height of the Art Deco era.
Guerin's use of flowing glazes was typical in his work and he was true to the history of this region, often working on a type of hard ceramic (fired to over 1250 degrees Celsius), which had been made there since the late Middle Ages. His work won a medal at the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs in 1925 and was exhibited in 1937 as well as internationally.
Guérin pottery was produced in short runs. Each piece is numbered and unique, which makes them extra special to have and enjoy.