This fantastical and perhaps one of the most sentient-looking abstract ceramic bird sculptures was designed by Danish ceramist Gerd Hiort Petersen (b. 1937 -?) for Soholm Pottery.
The colour palette for this piece is inspired by Petersen's connection to the nature of her home on the island of Bornholm. The base gloss glaze is a pale sand tone, interspersed with a dappled pale fir green. The sculptures eyes, beak, tail and base is highlighted with a deep espresso brown with glimmers of metallic bronze.
Designed during the 1960s, the time Petersen was at Soholm Pottery, this hard to find piece is a remarkable work of decorative art.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Born in 1937, Gerd Hiort Petersen became Bornholm’s first female pottery apprentice when she took up her apprenticeship at Michael Andersen pottery in 1954. By the age of 27, her stoneware and porcelain was being exhibited in Denmark and abroad. She worked for Royal Copenhagen from 1965 to1973, during her time at Royal Copenhagen she designed many pieces. Her designs for Soholm Pottery during 1961 and1962, includes many fantastical, imaginative pieces and many of the creatures have quite a surrealist, ancient vibe about them.
Very Good. No crazing, cracks or repairs. There is mild use-wear of movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with age. There is one flake to the glaze measuring 3mm at the corner of the tail. Please refer to the photos as part of the condition report. Stamped into the base is the Soholm mark 'Made in Soholm, Denmark'.
Height: c. 10.6" / 27 cm by 10.2" / 26 cm in length (tip of beak to end of tail). Base diameter: c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.2 kg / 1,168 g
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