Swedish Art Nouveau Potter/Designer
Ekberg (1877-1945) worked for the Swedish Gustavsberg Porcelain
Factory (founded 1827 ) from 1897 until his death in 1945. The factory
became well known for its stoneware and tin-glazed earthenware,
as well as its porcelain - it was one of only two in the country
in the 19th C.
The 22 3/4 inch (60cm) tall porcelain lidded jar on the left was
made in 1899, and is thus one of Ekberg's early pieces, made when
he was only 22.
Executed in the Art Nouveau style popular at the time, it features
stylized fronds and flowers arranged in regular repetition typical
of the style. The darker green design was painted as an engobe on
the lighter surface and thinner lines scratched back in using the
sgraffito technique. The jar could then be glazed with a clear gloss.
This pieces was probably colored with copper and/or nickel and fired
in an oxidizing atmosphere.
Furhter reading: World
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