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Vase; stoneware, high-fired porcellanous body, cast, with underglaze relief decoration applied in blue, and grey coloured slips, comprising geometrically arranged stylised rose blossoms, leaves and branches; the blossoms incised in square of blue within a thorny branch, the branches with incised leaves in grey on a pale turquoise ground. Marked
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Diameter: 190 millimetres
Height: 330 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', revised ed. 1994, no. 389:
Ekberg joined Gustavsberg in 1889 and worked there until his death in 1945. He became the factory's leading artist during the first decade of the century and developed as distinctive sgraffito decoration, of which this is a characteristic example. Gustavsberg's displays at the Stockholm Exhibition of 1909 and the Malmö Exhibition of 1914 consisted almost entirely of designs by Eckberg, see Stockholm 1975, National Museum, 'Gustavsberg 150 år', exhibition catalogue, 26-27, with illustrations of the exhibition displays.
For a covered jar with similar decoration of rose leaves and stems, also dated 1908, see Stockholm 1975, no.140. For a wall-platter by Ekberg with similar motifs see H.Makus, 'Keramik aus Historismus und Jugendstil', exhibition catalogue, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kassel, 1981, no.195.
For Gustavsberg, see G. Arvidsson, 'Gustavsberg', Stockholm 2007, and H. Dahlbäck Lutteman, 'Svensk 1900 tals keramik', Västerås 1985. For brief accounts, see also J. Opie, 'Scandinavian Ceramics and Glass in the Twentieth Century', exhibition catalogue, Victoria & Albert Museum, London 1989 and M. Eidelberg (ed), 'Design 1935-1965. What Modern Was', exhibition catalogue, Montreal and New York, 1991, 374-5
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2007-2008 29 Sep-20 Jan, Barnard Castle, County Durham, The Bowes Museum, 'Galle and the Origins of Art Nouveau'
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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