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WILHELM KAGE

circa 1930
16 x 8 cm (6,3 x 3,15 in.)
6 INCHES TALL

Description

Gustavsberg
Designer:kage
Origin OF COUNTRY:SWEDEN
PERIOD:1930's
ERA: ARTDECO
STONE WARE POTTERY WITH ARGENTA SILVER IN LAY
SIZE:5,5 INCHES TALL AND ABOUT 8 INCHES IN DIAMETER WIDE
INFO:Gustavsberg porcelain factory was founded in 1827 near Stockholm, Sweden. It is best known to collectors for its twentieth-century artwares, especially a green stoneware with silver inlay called Argenta. Its items are in the art deco style, but it first made transfer-printed creamware in the English style. The company was sold in the 1990s.////// Wilhelm Kåge (1889-1960) Wilhelm Kåge has had the same impact on Swedish art ceramics history as the renowned Axel Salto had on Denmark’s. Both were pioneers of wide importance. Originally a painter, Wilhelm Kåge was employed by Gustavsberg as an art director to rejuvenate the pottery’s production. He was faithful to this company for 32 years. In 1942 he started the legendary Gustavsberg Studio with the mission to create unique artistic pieces. His lively imagination brought forth a great variety of forms. Kåge was an artist of contradictions. In the 1940’s and 50’s he designed several geometrical, almost cubist, vessels in the “Surrea” series which stands in striking contrast to his soft formed, organic shaped tableware from the same period. Kåge designed more than 30 different dinner services, of particular importance was the inexpensive “workers’ service”, intended for a wider audience. Kåge’s pride, however, was the Farsta series of unique vessels made of heavy stoneware with carved surfaces and earth coloured decorative glazes. The clay for which was taken from the Farsta bay area very near the Gustavsberg pottery. He began experimenting with the Farsta line of studio ceramics already in the 1920’s. Art historians and collectors today consider the Farsta pieces the culmination of Wilhelm Kåge’s artistic production. http://www.modernity.se/en/tag/wilhelm-kage

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About Wilhelm Kage

Algot Wilhelm Kåge was a Swedish artist and designer, mainly known as a ceramic designer and as the artistic leader of the Gustavsberg porcelain factory. Kåge studied decorative painting at Tekniska skolan in Stockholm and later for the painter Carl W. Wilhelmson in Gothenburg, Johan Rodhe in Copenhagen and at Plakatschule in Munich, where he learnt graphic techniques. His early career was dedicated to advertising and the production of posters, but his best known work was in ceramics, begun when he was appointed artistic leader of Gustavsberg in 1917, remaining there until 1949, when he was succeeded by Stig Lindberg. He was presented with the Prince Eugen Medal for design that same year. The focus of Kåge's early ceramic designs, as of much of Swedish design of this period was on practical solutions to social issues, an example of which was his Praktika (1933), a simply designed and stackable set of tableware aimed at working-class families. Praktika was a commercial failure, as the intended buyers preferred more traditional and ornate products.

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