Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase

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Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase
Upsala Ekeby Ceramic Kjell Blomberg for Upsala Ekeby, 1954 'Turbin' (Turbine) Series, Modernist Sculptural Sgraffito Vase

This exceptional work of Swedish Modernist is by Kjell Blomberg (b. 1931 - d. 1989) for Upsala Ekeby. Blomberg was a leading Swedish Swedish ceramicist, designer and artist, known for many series he designed at Upsala Ekeby and Gullaskruf glassworks.

This hand-thrown and hand-glazed work comes from Blomberg's popular Turbin series, designed in 1954. The series is characterised by the clean-lined, swelling forms and the deliciously tactile décor in the 'mint choc-chip ice cream' colour palette variation. The decor is an arrangement of gently curving sgraffito scores of unglazed Dark Chocolate earthenware revealed between the bands of gloss glaze in Powdered Mint. The combination of the silky smooth glaze bands and the unglazed elements present a striking and tactile contrast.

This particular piece is a rare miniature embodiment of the design and skill executed in the series. The form of this piece and of the series is undeniably Modernist in design, highlighting the seamless harmony of function, form, and the raw materials

CONDITION
Excellent - there are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is mild and age-commensurate surface wear to the exterior. The underside of the base is inscribed with Upsala Ekebys 'UE' and Blomberg's 'KEB' monogram and the model number '7002'.

MEASUREMENTS
Height: c. 5.2" / 13.3 cm tall (from base to rim). Rim measurements: c. 0.7" / 1.8 cm. Diameter (across widest point): c. 3.7" / 9.3 cm. Base diameter measurements: c. 1.4" / 3.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 395 g

NOTES
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY
Kjell Eber Blomberg (b. 1931 - d. 1989) was a leading Swedish ceramicist, designer, and artist born in Stockholm on September 4th 1931, and was known for his elegant and streamlined designs.

After studying Blomberg travelled to Finland where joined the Arabia Porcelain Factory before returning to Sweden a couple of years later to join Uppsala Ekeby to design and create ornamental ceramics such as bowls, vases, and tiles, etc. In 1954, Blomberg was hired by Gullaskruf glassworks to replace the deceased Hugo Gehlin and would work periodically work at Gullaskruf until 1977. Blomberg left Uppsala Ekeby in 1957, moving to Gabriel Keramik where he would stay for 10 years. Blomberg also designed for both Kosta Boda and Rejmyre Glasbruk.

Blomberg is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design and participated in numerous exhibitions as well as making public installations throughout his career.