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Vase by Martin Mortensen (Denmark), 1919

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austrohungaro's loves491 of 3323unknown artist's paintingMichael Andersen Persia Glaze Vase (Denmark), 1930’s
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    Posted 6 years ago

    jensen
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    This vase was made by Martin Mortensen (1874-1949) who was - until quite recently - virtually unknown! Teresa Nielsen, director of a small Danish museum specializing in Symbolism and art in general from ca. 1890-1930 has published some articles etc. about him, thus making him known to a larger group. Martin Mortensen was trained as an architect in 1905, but does not seem to have worked as an architect. Instead, he started working as a potter and his vases often have peculiar, 'architectural' shapes. He debuted with an exhibition in 1901 and worked ceaselessly with his pottery until 1907 when he bought Taastrup Lervarefabrik ('Taastrup Pottery', located ca. 20 km outside of Copenhagen) which he had to sell again in 1923, although he appears to have continued working there. The pottery was later sold to one Elisabeth Loholt and was renamed 'Loholt Keramik' in 1942.

    Martin Mortensen used different glazes, sometimes matte like this one and often multi-toned, although monochrome glazes are also seen. The vases are often decorated with handles or other decorative and organically shaped elements. I've seen a few of his vases on antiques markets and on auctions, but you don't come across them that often.
    Height: 22 cm / 8.7 in. Mark 'mm' for Martin Mortensen and the year 1919 - a year when he appears to have been particularly prolific!

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Very beautiful. Thanks for introducing us to Mortensen !!!!
    2. jensen jensen, 6 years ago
      Thanks, vetraio! Yes, there are so many artists and so much history out there!
    3. melaniej melaniej, 6 years ago
      Amazing.....love the shape :)
    4. jensen jensen, 6 years ago
      Thanks, melanie, for the comments and thanks for the loves, all of you!

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