This striking work of Swedish mid-century Modernist design is by Tilgmans Keramik of Gothenburg, Sweden, and was designed during the era of Marian Zawadzki (b. 1912 - d. 1978) a professor, artist, and ceramist who became artistic director for Tilgmans during the fifties. A bottle vase personally incised and signed by Zawadski in an aesthetically similar style can be seen in the photos.
Zawadzki's experimentation with the Sgraffito technique brought great popularity and appreciation for Tilgman's ceramics and his work became exemplary for Tilgmans.
Zawadzki's stylised use of the Sgraffito technique is a significant feature in this piece, with deep incisions creating the angular and textured décor. True to the roots of Modernist design, the simple bottle form and boldly geometric décor overlaid onto the base material speaks to an honest expression of the natural earthenware. From the incised décor to the glaze to the earthenware, all aspects are highly tactile. The unglazed sections creates confident contrast against the individually glazed sections of boldly geometric, Sgraffito décor. The vase is finished with an interior of gloss glaze that is coloured in a dappled brown on beige, a 'cookies and cream' effect.
This Swedish Modernist work is stylistically bold and timeless, making it suitable as a statement feature for its surrounding space.
Superb. No cracks or repairs. There are minor, negligible chips on the exterior which are commensurate with the age of the piece, and mild use wear on the interior. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base of the vase is stamped with 'Tilgmans Keramik' and 'Made in Sweden' stamp and model number '619'.
Height: c. 16.9" / 43 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm rim. Base diameter: c. 5.1" / 13 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.2 kg / 2,230 g.
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Marian Zawadzki (b. 1912 - d. 1978)
Antoni Marian Zawadzki (sometimes known as 'Zawadski' or 'Zawadsky') was an associate professor, artist and ceramist, was born in Poland in 1912 who, as a refugee, moved to Gothenburg in Sweden in 1953. In Gothenburg he worked as an artistic director at Tilgmans Keramik. Zawadzki's best known for his richly decorated objects in the Sgraffito technique.
His works included lamp bases, vases, bowls, urns and wall plates and he would receive commissions for public, municipal and private buildings. Zawadzki would leave Tilgman's Ceramics in 1970, moving to Vallda outside Kungsbacka where he opened his own workshop, Vallda Keramik. The production in his own workshop is very similar to his work at Tilgmans.