Swedish Speckled Graphite and Rust Color Glazed Ceramic Vase, Now a Lamp
Mid 20th Century
Item Number: 9275
Location: Greenwich Village
Height: 30.5 in.
Height: 77.5 cm.
The flared neck above an elegant, high shouldered ovoid body, the upper part with speckled graphite glaze and the bottom portion a rusty-brown glaze.
Gunnar Nylund (1904-1989) was a leading Scandinavian modernist working as a sculptor and ceramics designer in both Denmark and Sweden. He is best known for for his extraordinary work while artistic director at the Rörstrand. Trained in Copenhagen as an architect, he joined the design studio of Bing & Grondahl. He joined Nathalie Krebs in 1929 to form the small studio pottery Saxbo. Beginning in 1930, he began a highly productive period with Rörstrand that was to last until 1958. At Rörstrand, Nylund developed innovative feldspar matte glazes also popularized by Berndt Friberg and Carl-Harry Stålhane. After working with Nymolle, he became a design consultant to Rörstrand and Stromberg before forming his own studio, Designia.