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Creator Name: Ekberg, Josef
Creator Nationality: European; Swiss
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1877 - 1945
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Josef Ekberg
Creator Name: Wennerberg, Gunnar Gunnarsson
Creator Nationality: European; Scandinavian; Swedish
Creator Role: artistic director
Creator Name-CRT: Gunnar Gunnarsson Wennerberg
Creator Name: Gustavsburg Factory
Creator Role: Manufacturer
Creator Name-CRT: Gustavsburg Factory
Title: Covered vase
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1899
Creation End Date: 1899
Creation Date: 1899
Creation Place: Värmdî
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: pottery
Materials and Techniques: earthenware, underglaze slip, glaze
Dimensions: H.22-3/4 x D.13 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 94.35a,b
Credit Line: Gift of the Decorative Arts Council and Daniel Morris & Denis Gallion, Historical Design Collection, Inc., New York

Gunnar Wennerberg trained at Sèvres, the ceramic center of the Art Nouveau style in France. When Wennerberg became artistic director of the Gustavsberg factory, near Stockholm, in 1897, he introduced the fashionable new style to Sweden. Soon the Gustavsberg factory became well known for the matte green glaze and sgraffito decoration found on this covered jar, which was designed by Josef Ekberg, one of Wennerberg's students. Sgrafffito, a technique that originated in China, involves overlaying a clay pot with a slip in a contrasting color. Decorations are then scraped into the surface, revealing the ground color underneath and creating raised patterns when the vessel is fired.

AMICA ID: MIA_.94.35a,b
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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