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Mid-Century Modern1668 of 1853"HELP" Does anyone know anything about this lampSan Francisco 1939 Golden Gate Exposition 221
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Posted 4 years ago


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I've owned this vase for decades and thought it was lost during a move but found it in a box while looking for something else (still have not found it!)
Foil label GRAVEREN NORSK and maks to base .Iit has a nice icing sugar celadon glaze (my description ). Any Ideas of who designed this??
6 1/4 "high X 6 1/4" wide.

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Hi Marty. The factory Graverens Teglverk A/S? goes back to 1852 when they produced brick and was the biggest of the many potteries in Sandnes. The factory continued until 1982.
    They only produced brown wares until 1926 when they began on coloured wares under the direction of Emanuel Simonsen. From 1926 to 1928 the German Wilhelm G (Willy) Albouts was artistic director. Then it was Ragnar Grimsrud (1902 – 1988), who is considered one of the most talented Norwegian potters in the 1900s, who became artistic director in 1928. His wife, Elsa Grimsrud was Graveren's first decorator. Ragnar Grimsrud's designs defined much of the production, and they exhibited at the Paris Exposition in 1937, where one of his works purchased by the Ceramics Museum in Sèvres. In 1946 he moved as manager to the better-known (these days) Figgjo Kraftselskap AS.
    The next name is William Knutzen (1913-1983) took over as artistic director in 1946. He put his mark on both the operating and decorative ceramics. Knutzen worked there until 1949. Magne Kvilstad (1925 –1991) and Magne Stueland also designed there.
    "The moulded shapes are similar to Carter, Stabler, and Adams of Poole in the 30?s, but much more striking and of greater variety than those illustrated in Paul Atterbury?s book."

    The number at the top is the shape number and the one below is the decor number.

    I have a feeling that this is similar to one of the early Poole designs as mentioned above. It's those lobes!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Hi Amy and Marty! got into the Norwegian language sites and pulled a few things together.
    I also found an interesting article. Email me and I'll give you the details.
    The Poole pottery got me interested and I found the range that I was reminded of when I saw this vase: Poole Plane ware. The shape of it is John Adams and the cool semi matt glaze is by Ernest Baggaley.
    There were three important ranges not often seen by Poole in the 30's:
    Plane, Picotee and Everest. The latter two remind me of Dutch Deco pieces - Elke Snel, Cor Alons Duinvoet. The Plane is different.
    I wonder what the Sèvres museum vase looks like?
  3. inky inky, 3 years ago
  4. ozmarty ozmarty, 3 years ago
    Hi Penny , I have the correct email adress with the dot . just this minute sent another test one to you. marty
  5. inky inky, 3 years ago
    Will get hubby to check extra on line tonight, don't know pass word, also will do that transfer for you now! Nothings come through yet! Can you delete my email address, thanks. Sorry for all of this....:-) Penny.
  6. ozmarty ozmarty, 3 years ago
  7. inky inky, 3 years ago
    back up address..........

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