Bjorn Wiinblad for Rosenthal, Duo of Samuramat Series, Porcelain Noire Gold Gilding Vases, 1970s
This exquisitely illustrated pair of porcelain noire art is by celebrated Danish illustrator and glass, silver, textiles, ceramics designer Bjorn Wiinblad (b. 1918 - d. 2006) who designed them for Rosenthal in the 1960s.
Both pieces are from The Samuramat or Sammuramat series, inspired by the tales of the powerful queen of the Babylonian Empire c. 850 BC. The forms are sleekly elegant and simplistic; one is of a pillow vase and the other a oval cylinder, which are excellent canvas' to showcase the incredible detail of the gold gilding. Wiinblad's unmistakable style with its romantic, charming and fantastical characteristics is very much evident in these collectable pieces.
CONDITION Excellent. There is negligible use wear, primarily in the form of movement marks on the underside of both vases. The undersides bear Rosenthal's Studio Line stamp with logo and model number. Wiinblad's signature underscore the front facing illustrations.
MEASUREMENTS - Oval Cylinder Vase - Height c. 8.3" / 21.2 cm (from base to rim) x Width c. 3.1" / 8 cm (across widest points). Depth: c. 2" / 5 cm. - Pillow Vase- Height c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm (from base to rim) x Width c. 5" / 12.8 cm (across widest point). Depth: c. 2.4" / 6 cm. Unpackaged weight [pair]: c. 0.7 kg / 740 g
NOTES Vases will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Born in 1918 in Copenhagen, Bjorn Wiinblad began his training and path to success in 1935. Wiinblad sought the path to his first passion of art and enrolled in graphic school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, debuting in 1945 with an extensive exhibition in Palægade, Copenhagen. He met and became firm friends Jacob E. Bang around this time, who engaged him to work for Nymølle Pottery.
From the beginnings at Nymolle, Wiinblad received multiple commissions, from designing textile and embroidery patterns to drawing posters, book and magazine illustrations. Wiinblad drew for the United Nations in Paris and designed costumes and stages for several theatrical performances. His fame grew in Denmark but soon would extend to Norway and Sweden and in 1950 his ceramics were exhibited at Bonnier's in New York, which specialised in Scandinavian design.
Wiinblad's recognition and acclaim would continue to grow, bringing him a silver medal at the first international ceramics festival in 1955 in Cannes, France and appointment as artistic director for Rosenthal in 1960. During the 1960s, Wiinblad would become owner to a number of ceramic studios including Vaerksted, Nymolle and Det Blaa Hus. He would make Det Blaa Hus his workshop and home until his death in 2006.
Wiinblad's successes did not stop in the Sixties, his continued achievements and international success were extensively documented and celebrated on the dedicated website: https://www.bjornwiinblad-denmark.dk/om-bjoern-wiinblad
Rosenthal by Johan Van Loon, Porcelaine Noire Black Vases - Signed, 1980s, West German
THE ITEM Two spectacular pieces of porcelain art by Johan Van Loon, true to his artistic trademark - these are an excellent embodiment of juxtapositions.
The undulating ripples of the matte textured drapes as if it was fabric, the 'fabric' is wrapped around the smooth gloss surface of the structured porcelain body. The visually woven texture of the 'fabric', its ripples and ridges that would otherwise appear along the folds of soft fabric is all held together in one piece next to the glossy-smooth to touch, fine porcelain.
These works of art speak to Van Loons fascination and creativity with ceramic and textile on multiple levels and were created when he was a guest designer at Rosenthal Studio Line. These are pieces which are well deserving of a place in a contemporary, modernist or even industrial decor themed room.
A BIT OF HISTORY Johan Gerard van Loon Johan van Loon (1934 - present) is a Dutch ceramist and textile artist. Van Loon studied textile design in Amsterdam and Copenhagen until 1960, during this time, his fascination in ceramics began to manifest and he mastered the skills of a ceramist. During his career, he continued to study and refine, working and learning from well-known names of the time such as Jos Eppens-van Veen, Thera Hofstede Crull, Lucie Rie, Stig Lindberg, Kylikki Salmenhaara and Jan van der Vaart. Van Loons influences came from many places, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Absorbing everything that came his way, over the course of the years Van Loon gained the great technical proficiency that gives him the freedom to express the wealth of his ideas. Few ceramicists are so intrigued by the characteristics of the material as Van Loon. Often the material itself is the locus of expression, usually taking the form of a container, however far removed that may be from its original function.
Rosenthal (1879 - present) The company founder, Philipp Rosenthal, moved his porcelain painting skills from Werl (North Rhine-Westphalia) to Selb in Bavaria, which he industrialised in the castle Erkersreuth with his painting workshop. The company grew from strength to strength over the years, with original pieces designed by artists such as Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Walter Gropius. By 1997, Rosenthal was the market leader for high-quality porcelain and glassware in Germany and was the world market leader in conjunction with Waterford Wedgwood.
Rosenthal studio-line, a brand of Rosenthal made design-oriented crockery and art objects made of porcelain and glass. Sadly, in 2008, the Waterford Wedgwood Group wanted to divest the Rosenthal share package due to liquidity difficulties and as a result of the subsequent collapse of Waterford Wedgwood, the company filed for insolvency in January 2009. Today, Rosenthal operates as an independent company and is part of Sambonet Paderno Industrie.
CONDITION Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches - please see photos as part of the condition report. Base of both vases bear Van Loon's signature, as well as the 'Rosenthal Porcelaine Noire, Germany' mark.
MEASUREMENTS Ginger Jar Form Vase c. 6.3" / 16 cm in height by c. 5.5" / 14 cm (across the body's widest point) Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 610 g Cylinder Form Vase c. 7.5" / 19 cm in height by c. 3.2" /8 cm (across the body's widest point) Unpackaged: c. 0.3 kg / 305 g
NOTES Vase(s) will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.