Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This delicious work of Swedish Mid Century Modern design is by Mari Simmulson (b. 1911- d. 2000) for Upsala Ekeby. Simmulson was a celebrated Swedish ceramics designer and ceramicist, known for many series she designed at Upsala Ekeby which went on to become classics.
This hand-thrown and hand-glazed work comes from Simmulson's Eritrea series, these earthenware works were designed in 1960. The series is characterised by the delightfully textured and tactile Chamotte clay-formed works, glazed in a glossy Caramel-toned glaze with Deep Burnt Sugar brown vertical bands which rise and fall around the body. The form of this piece and is undeniably Modernist in design, highlighting the seamless harmony of function, form, and raw materials and a particularly rare find in size and form.
Excellent - there are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is age commensurate wear in the form of faint movement marks on the underside of the base. The underside of the base is inscribed with Upsala Ekebys 'UE Sweden' and Simmulson's 'ms' monogram as well as the model number '4435'.
Height: c. 13" / 33 cm tall (from base to rim). Rim measurements: c.3.5" / 9 cm. Diameter: c. 4.3" / 11 cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.5 kg / 1,460 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Mari Peterson Särgava, ceramicist and textile artist (b. 1911- d. 2000) began her career with an internship with Arabia in Finland and it was during this time she married Gustaf Simmulson.
Simmulson moved to Sweden in 1944 and began working with Wilhelm Kåge at Gustavsbergs, staying until 1949. Her career took her to Uppsala Ekeby in 1949, where she designed vases, figures, reliefs and wall paintings, many of them noted as unique pieces. She became a leading designer at Uppsala Ekeby where she remained until the early 1970s. Simmulson also received commissions for public pieces including at Luleå Kol, Upplandsbanken and Pharmacia.