1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl

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1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl

THE ITEM
This work of Danish Mid Century Modernist design is by Einar Johansen of Soholm Pottery. 

The piece is a handthrown and decorated work of stoneware or 'stentoj' in Danish, with the foundation of matte stoneware creating an ideal backdrop for the rich gloss glaze. 

The richly detailed glaze is hinted at on the upper exterior of the bowl, however it is in the interior that the complexity is revealed as a vivid blend deep indigo, light and royal blues infusing with a blend of cream, cinnamon and burnt orange. The decor is painted in alternating and broadening concentric circles, with the warm glaze also being used to highlight the boldly carved abstract geometric pattern. 

CONDITION

Excellent. No scratches, cracks or chips, there is mild use wear that is commensurate with age. The base is inscribed with the Soholm pottery mark 'SOHOLM STENTOJ, BORNHOLM, DENMARK' in use from the mid-20th century.

MEASUREMENTS
c. 2.4" / 6 cm high by c. 5.3" / 13.5 cm rim diameter

Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 359 g

NOTES
Bowl will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY

Einar Johansen (b. 1906 - d. unknown) was a Danish ceramicist, who trained as a painter at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Later, Johansen would change his mind to became a pottery maker and had his own pottery from 1935 to1958. Johansen designed several series of beautiful stoneware and pottery during his time at Søholm from 1958 to 1968. Amongst his works, Johansen was most well known for the Blue series glazed stoneware, which has since become sought after. 

Søholm Pottery was founded in 1835, in Rønne, Bornholm by Herman Sonne Wolffsen (1811-1887) and Edvard Christian Sonne, making it one of the oldest ceramic factories on Bornholm, until its closure in 1996. 

During its infancy, Soholm mainly designed and manufactured yellow faience ware which progressed to works inspired by the Art Nouveau design movement in the early 20th century. At the time of WW2, Soholm would change its direction to supply dinnerware and utility items before regaining the scope for creative expression during the mid-20th century. 

In the mid-20th century, Søholm produced a huge range of stoneware with different designs and shapes. Soholm's more famous stoneware series today, includes the Burgundia Series - a collaboration of design by Holm Sørensen decor by Svend Aage Jensen as well as Einar Johansens Blue series. 

A variety of different ceramic artists worked at Soholm, including: Noomi Backhausen, Maria Phillippi, Nana Ditzel and Haico Nitzsche.