This elegant and refined work of Swedish Modernist design is by ceramist and painter, Anna-Lisa Thomson for the Swedish household name of Upsala Ekeby.
Thomson is perhaps best known for her Paprika (Peppers) series, which she designed in 1948 and this particular piece is attributed to her 'Apelsin' (tr. 'Orange') series that was designed around the same time. The series is characterised by Thomson's clean, Modern and abstract interpretations of the viewing a horizontally halved orange.
The most common form of the Apelsin dish is where the segments are inverted into the dish. This particular piece is a rare find as it presents the segments as raised, elevating the touch-inviting tactile quality of the dish. The evenly-balanced arrangement of the segments gives a hypnotic quality that is also an excellent complement to the organically applied glaze.
Very Good. There is one chip measuring c. 0.4 mm x 0.2 mm on the underside of one petal that is commensurate with the age of the piece. The underside of the base of the vase is stamp-inscribed with 'EKEBY. A.L.T' and the model number '188'
Height: c. 1.7" / 4.3 cm tall (from base to rim) x 11" / 27.4 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 4.6" / 11.6 cm (across widest point. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.1 kg / 1,140 g.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Anna-Lisa Thomson (b. 1905 - d. 1952)
Thomson joined Upsala-Ekeby in 1933, where she and Sven Erik Skawonius and Vicke Lindstrand would change the company's ceramic direction. Her work was innovative; in her exploration of new materials and decorative techniques. She developed a signature style of simple, clean forms, with inspiration often coming from nature or bodies of water.
Thomson is perhaps best known for her "Paprika" (Peppers) series which she designed in 1948. The series is characterised with slender, austere vases with glazed white or green, lance-shaped leaves which hits a striking contrast to the unglazed surface. The series was produced using the Sgraffito technique, where the pattern is carved into a glazed surface. Paprika became the best-selling series in Upsala-Ekeby’s history during that time.
Her collaborative work with Skawonius received several international awards, including in Paris in 1937 and New York in 1939. Thomson was also a talented painter, and she would spend part of the year in her summer cottage in Grundsund on the west coast to paint. Her work was naive, nature-inspired and colourful. Sadly, Thomson would be struck with cancer, from which she died of at 46 years of age.