Gunnar Nylund Chamotte 'Hedgehog' Series, Sculpted Turquoise Vase, 1940s-50s

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This vivid work of Swedish Modernist design is the 'Igelkott' (Hedgehog) vase that comes from the larger 'Chamott' (Chamotte) series designed between 1936 to 1948. The series was designed by the celebrated Swedish ceramicist and designer Gunnar Nylund (b.1904 - d.1997) for Ršrstrand.

The vases were made in 5 colours (Emerald, Topaz, (Mustard), Turquoise, White, and Yellow) with 3 different forms to the vases. This Turquoise piece is from the 'Al' form and is in the medium size of the 3 sizes at 16 cm in height (small 12cm, medium 16cm, large 21cm). Nylund became well known for his Chamotte sculptures, designing the series during his time as artistic director at Ršrstrand.

Chamotte is also known as 'firesand', a raw ceramic material that has a high percentage of silica and alumina. It can be produced by firing selected fire clays to high temperatures before grinding and screening to specific particle sizes.

The décor makes this an exceptionally tactile piece, the highly textured, rough surface with the glossily glazed dŽcor is a fabulous juxtaposition. Stylistically timeless and contemporary, this work is an outstanding example of Scandinavian mid-century Modern design.

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  • Dimensions: Height: c. 6.3" / 16 cm (from base to rim). Width: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm (across widest point). Rim diameter: c. 2" / 5 cm. Base diameter: c. 2.4" / 6.2 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.4 kg / 1,350 g
  • Condition: Excellent. There is light use wear to the underside of the base and the glaze dŽcor that is commensurable with the age of the piece. The underside is stamp-inscribed with "Rorstrand, Sverige, Chamotte, Nylund".
  • Fabric Content: Ceramic
  • Vendor Colour Code: TOPAZ
  • Vendor Style Code: 1311181043
  • Andrews SKU: 6106-0015
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