This joyful work of iconically Swedish Mid Century design is by Mari Simmulson (b. 1911- d. 2000) for Upsala Ekeby. Simmulson was a celebrated Swedish ceramics designer and ceramicist, known for many series she designed at Upsala Ekeby which went on to become classics. This hand-thrown and hand-glazed work comes from Simmulson's well-known Salix series, these earthenware works were designed in 1953.
The series is characterised by the delightfully simple form, like that of an abstract 60s pinafore dress, the glossy glaze is a palette of Chocolate brown, with 'dot' discs of Pineapple yellow on Milk white. The form of this piece and palette is undeniably exuberant, striking and vivacious, combined with the size - makes this a particularly rare find.
Excellent - there are no chips or repairs. There is a single hairline crack on the interior of the rim that does not appear on the exterior of the vase. There is age commensurate wear in the form on crazing on the interior of the vase. The underside of the base is inscribed with Upsala Ekebys 'UE Sweden' and Simmulson's 'ms' monogram as well as the model number '4130'.
Height: c.14" / 35.2 cm tall (from base to rim). Rim measurements: c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm x c. 3.1" / 8 cm. Diameter: c. 5" / 12.6 cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 5" / 12.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.7 kg / 1,715 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Mari Peterson Särgava, ceramicist and textile artist (b. 1911- d. 2000) began her career with an internship with Arabia in Finland and it was during this time she married Gustaf Simmulson.
Simmulson moved to Sweden in 1944 and began working with Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsbergs, staying until 1949. Her career took her to Uppsala Ekeby in 1949, where she designed vases, figures, reliefs and wall paintings, many of them noted as unique pieces. She became a leading designer at Uppsala Ekeby where she remained until the early 1970s. Simmulson also received commissions for public pieces including at Luleå Kol, Upplandsbanken and Pharmacia.