This fantastical, brutalist mid-century piece is from the Chamotte series (also known as the 'Hedgehog') and is by the renowned ceramic artist and designer Gunnar Nylund (b.1904 - d.1997). Nylund became well known for his Chamotte sculptures and designed the series during his time as artistic director at Rörstrand.
Personally, I see a resemblance to the thick shaggy fleece of a Scandinavian mountain sheep in the Chamotte decor. Chamotte is also known as 'firesand', a raw ceramic material which has a high percentage of silica and alumina. It can be produced by firing selected fire clays to high temperatures before grinding and screening to specific particle sizes.
The decor makes this an exceptionally tactile piece, the highly textured, rough surface with the glossily glazed decor is a fabulous juxtaposition and gives an ideal canvas to create varying hues in the Deep Gold glaze. The size of this piece is the largest of the three available sizes, giving it extra presence and making it a statement piece.
Superb. There is light use wear to the interior and the external decor that is commensurable with age. From production, there a minimal hairline crack that is visible at the rim. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The base bears the inscribed Rörstrand stamp, however, it is faint and only the letters 'Ro' and one crown from the stamp can be seen.
Height: c. 8.3" / 21 cm by c. 6.3" / 16 cm in width (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.1" / 8 cm. Rim diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.9 kg / 2,883 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.