Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This timelessly contemporary work of Swedish Mid Century 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 Peru series, designed in 1966. The series is characterised by the textured and tactile Chamotte earthenware forms, inscribed with Peruvian-inspired geometric symbols and jagged bands that encircle the body.
The glaze décor is a pairing of semi-glossed Chartreuse and matte Taupe that is further complimented by the semi-glossed Dark Espresso inscriptions. The form and décor of this piece are 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 faint surface wear and very light 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 '6074m'.
Height: c. 9" / 23 cm tall (from base to rim). Rim measurements: c. 4.4" / 11.2 cm. Diameter: c. 4.4" / 11.2 cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 3.6" / 9.1 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 850 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.