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My Gustavsberg Pungo Vase Stig Lindberg

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GUSTAVSBERG-SWEDEN12 of 20Lisa Larson FindO-BALANS MARIA JOHANSSON 2000
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    Posted 10 years ago

    vetraio50
    (726 items)

    Stig Lindberg designed the Pungo or "pouch" vase in 1953.

    It was bought in Bondi Junction about five years ago and is still a favourite.

    I thought it was such an elegant form.
    It continues to challenge my eye.

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    Comments

    1. cindyjune cindyjune, 10 years ago
      I'm not at all familiar with that maker. The piece is wonderfully modern
    2. Budek Budek, 10 years ago
      What an intimate, elegant, shape. It would probably work well as a pitcher. I'm intrigued.
      It'll remain in my thoughts, thanks for posting it.
    3. jona, 10 years ago
      giovanni pugno
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Hi Jona! I was wondering about your comment? I know about two Pugnos, Giovanni and Franca who were decorators for Gustavsberg, especially on Stig's painted pieces. Do you think that there's a relationship between tGiovanni and this vase?
    5. jona, 10 years ago
      i found a few phots of plates tallrik he decorated, and a mug with 2 dowels for the handle which i think one of them made. a lovely conversation ensued in finnish knowing it was gustavsberg signature.
    6. jona, 10 years ago
      yes, i think the vase, made in 1953, was a collaboration with G. Pugno and possibly his design. i haven't seen a bottom signature.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Hi Jona! I had not known about it. Pugno is an Italian word meaning 'fist' and the Swedish word Pungo means 'pouch'. When you look at the vase there is a similarity to both a fist and a pouch. Perhaps there was a pun involved there all the while?
      The marks at the bottom are: 'GUSTAVSBERG', an anchor and 'SWEDEN' impressed. When I bought the vase there was also a part gold sticker which had the same info plus the studio "hand" and Carrara/Stig Lindberg.
    8. jonathan, 10 years ago
      it remains a mystery but what if it was giovanni pugno's first year on the job and shared his idea with lindberg.
      oh, such interesting pieces from sweden.
    9. jona, 10 years ago
      i found out giovanni pugno was born 17/10/1945, it is therefore impossible he was involved with 'pungo' vase.
      franka and giovanni painted nice 'modern' plates and vases with stig later.
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Hi Jona. Thanks for the detail. The names I've got so far on Stig's decorators are Giovanni and Franca Pugno, Eduard Berchtold and Marianne Preissler. I've been collecting copies of their signatures on pieces from the net. Do you know how Franca and Giovanni were related (married/brother/sister)? It's not the only case of Italians being in Scanndinavia either ?.... I'm thinking about Marcolin glass.
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      A belated thanks to BELLIN68, dj-reverb, scandinavian_pieces, Mavericklane & Chadakoin too!
    12. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 9 years ago
      great design, color and shape fit perfectly together
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks vlkma238412!
    14. designqvist designqvist, 8 years ago
      Hi vetraio50! I just uploaded a blog post on Stig Lindbergs Terma-dishes from 1955 recently, and discovered a nice similarity to his Pungo-works from the same period that gets obvious when looking at the handle of the pan:
      http://designqvist.at/2012/12/these-pots-are-made-for-cooking-vol-3/
      ...just wanted to let you know this as I find it very interesting myself to see that his artworks and his tableware sprung from one and the same thought- and work process!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Hej, designqvist, many thanks for this link and welcome!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      I see what you mean about the handles!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks sisu!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Many thanks trunkman!
    19. nldionne nldionne, 8 years ago
      Love it!
    20. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 8 years ago
      really beautiful!

      [i think it's older though - see 'Armory Show 1913 - R. Mutt']
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      many thanks nldionne and ho2cultcha too!
      I'm checking that out.
      Alors, maintenant, je comprends!
      You're right.
      "I was staring at it and it came to me."
      Inversion.
      And now a vase.

      In one of my books they say it is the best of his designs.
      I need a big black one!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      I got a big black one!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN 'n GETTHATMONKEYOUTOFME!
    24. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 7 years ago
      beautiful!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks again HO2CULTCHA!
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks again HO2CULTCHA!
    29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks GETTHATMONKEYOUTOFME !!!!!!
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN !!!!
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Many thanks CAPERKID !!!!!!!
    32. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks DLPETERSEN !!!
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks ROCKBAT!!!

      Might be time for some new pix.
    34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !!.!!.!!.!!

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