This month we are holding an online selling exhibition of the ceramics of Gunnar Nylund (1904-97). Nylund is one of the great figures in Scandinavian ceramics who worked in both Denmark and Sweden at different points in his career. He was a great stylistic innovator who helped to shape the direction of ceramics in the mid-century period. He was there at the very outset of Art-Deco designing for the Paris Exhibition in 1925 and throughout the 1930s. In the 1940s he helped shift the dominant style away from Art-Deco to a softer, more freeform style of modernism and in the 1950s produced some off the most recognisable pieces from that innovative decade.
We will include a more detailed commentary in a blog post on the website from 1st November.
Our exhibition starts with a great rarity, a unique piece for Bing and Grondahl from around 1926. We have a strong group of pieces from the 1930s, with a good selection of his very distinctive flambé designs. His later period is also well represented including by some beautiful jugs and ewers for which he is justly famous.
Gunnar Nyland pot for Bing and Grondahl c1926
Another highlight of this month’s selection is a spectacular silver necklace with jade cabochon by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen from about 1950. This is normally found with a lapis cabochon but other stones were used including jade. There are other pieces by Stern and Laine and N E From.
Henning Koppel necklace for Georj Jensen c1950
We have a good selection of paintings this month from both Sweden and England, the latter a delightful Picasso inspired charcoal drawing by Cornish artist Neil Miners (1931-2010) from 1964.
Neil Miners And the sun looks down, 1964.
We are not including much new glass this month but there is a piece by Bauhaus student Wilhelm Wagenfeld designed for WMF in Germany in the 1960s. There is also a fine ceramic vase by Swede Gunnar Hartman from the 1970s and a delightful wall plaque by Mari Simmuson for Uppsala Ekeby.
Mari Simmulson wall plaque for Uppsala Ekeby 1950s
Also included this month is another Amsterdam School newspaper/letter holder from the 1920s (we sold the other two we had).
Amsterdam School newspaper holder 1920s
Another highlight this month is modernist silver. As well as a beautifully patinated pot from Sweden by Erik Rastrom we have pieces by two leading English modernist designers, a silver salt and spoon by Robert Welch from 1973 and a condiment set by Christopher Lawrence for C J Vander from 1970.
Robert Welch silver salt with spoon 1973
For the first time since March we stood at two fairs this month: the Vintage Home Show near Coventry and the Dorking Halls Antiques fair. Sadly the big fair we were due to be attending at Alexandra Palace at the beginning of November was cancelled.
We have one more fair pencilled in for 2020, another of the Vintage Home Shows at Sports Connexion in Ryton on Dunsmore near the Coventry ring road on Sunday 6th December 10.30-3pm. However given the new lockdown restrictions please check our news section nearer the time to see if this is still on.