Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This evocatively elegant work of Swedish contemporary design is by Alf Ekberg (b.1945-d. 2016) for his art pottery studio Källna. Ekberg worked with sculptures in stoneware, bronze, and glass and over the course of his career, had exhibitions in Denmark and Germany as well as in a large number of galleries around Sweden.
This particular piece is a stunning Charcoal hued stoneware sculpture of the Damson fruit that presents his popular juxtaposition with the gold crackle gilt glaze. Ekberg's signature combination of pairing matte and unpolished stone textures with luxuriant metals is very much evident in this piece.
This stunning piece actualises many key principles of Minimalist and Modernist design influences, with a focus on bringing forth the beauty in the base materials.
Excellent. There is faint wear to the surface of the glaze that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please see the photographs as they form part of the condition report. The reverse of the sculpture bears Ekberg's sculpture as does the wooden plinth.
Height: c. 11.4" / 29 cm. Width c. 7.7" / 19.6 cm (across the widest point) x depth: c. 3.9" / 10 cm. Base measurements: c. 7.1" / 18 cm x c. 3.5" / 9 cm. Weight: c. 4.1 kg / 4,140 g.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Alf Ekberg (b.1945 - d.2016), Källna Studio Pottery
Alf Roland Kenneth Ekberg, sculptor, ceramist and artist was born in Skåne on April 13, 1945. Ekberg founded his own workshop in Källna in 1972 and created art through sculptures in stoneware, bronze and glass. During his early career, he received Cultural scholarship recipient in 1983 and the Kristianstad county cultural scholarship in 1988.
During his career, he exhibited in Denmark, Germany, and a large number of galleries around Sweden. In 1997 Ekberg sculpted in ice for the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi and was commissioned for several public sculptures in southern and central Sweden.