Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This pair of iconically Swedish mid-century modern vases was designed by Carl-Harry Stålhane (b. 1920 - d. 1990), one of the most renowned ceramic artists of quintessential Swedish ceramic design in the 20th century.
These pieces come from the Rapsodi (Rhapsody) series, which were decorated by hand to give each piece a unique touch. The simple form features the textured, radial design on its front and back, which makes the vases invite touch as well as being reversible for display. The variations of the Monochrome colour palette as well as the striking palette of Ink black, Lime green, Cobalt blue and Aubergine purple are a rare find. What makes them an even rarer find is the damage-free condition both pieces are in.
Excellent. There are no chips, damages, or repairs. The underside of each vase bears light movement marks that are commensurable with the age of the pieces. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of both pieces is stamped with Rorstrand's logo, the series name 'Rapsodi' and Stalhane's 'CHS' initials.
Height: c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm x c. 3.7" / 9.4 cm (across its widest point). Rim measurements: c. 1.8" / 4.5 cm x c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Base measurements: c. 3.7" / 9.4 cm x c. 1.7" / 4.3 cm. Unpackaged weight (both vases): c. 0.4 kg / 405 g
Vases will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Carl-Harry Stålhane (b. 1920- d. 1990) is a celebrated Swedish ceramic artist who played a major role in popularising Swedish ceramics during the 20th century. Stålhane worked for more than three decades at Rörstrand, one of the oldest ceramics manufacturers in Sweden and in Europe. Stålhane was a well-known artistic leader for the Rörstrand factory in the 1960s.
Over the course of his career, Stålhane created several public works for The Commerce Trust Company in Kansas City, Missouri, and for Volvo in Gothenburg, Sweden. His work is represented at several international museums, including Stockholm’s National museum and New York’s MoMA.