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Post by Ross4130 on May 20th 2016, 8:42 am





I recently bought these from a well known auction website, they are apparently from Kage's own estate sale. Has anybody seen anything similar before?
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2016, 11:26 am

Very nice. As far as I can determine, Wilhelm Kage had his own pottery. So if they came from his estate it means he bought them from Gustavsberg rather than made them himself.

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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by denbydump on May 20th 2016, 12:43 pm

He was art director at Gustavsberg from 1917-1949.
He designed the "Argenta" wares.
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Ross4130 on May 20th 2016, 3:07 pm

NaomiM wrote:Very nice. As far as I can determine, Wilhelm Kage had his own pottery. So if they came from his estate it means he bought them from Gustavsberg rather than made them himself.
Thanks for the info, I've been told that the red "G" pottery mark means they are test pieces do you know if this is true?
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by brin mcardle on May 20th 2016, 3:46 pm

Love these !
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by 22 Crawford St. on May 20th 2016, 4:47 pm

Yes they stand out   Perhaps Emily or Kirk will know?
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by NaomiM on May 20th 2016, 6:01 pm

denbydump wrote:He was art director at Gustavsberg from 1917-1949.
He designed the "Argenta" wares.

Interesting.
These plates have the 'hand' mark, so wouldn't they be by Stig Lindberg ? (Lindberg is the more collectable of the two). And they seem post WW2, after Kage.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stig_Lindberg

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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by denbydump on May 20th 2016, 6:20 pm

Stig worked under Kage from 1937-49. Maybe they were a gift.
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Ross4130 on May 20th 2016, 6:44 pm

I can't find any information on the auction they were bought from and I have searched the Internet for similar dishes with no luck.
Could they be a one off?
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Kevin H on May 21st 2016, 7:44 am

Not seen these plates before (nothing in Gisela Eronn's book on Kage).  However stylistically they look like Kage and he did make plates.

Kage was indeed artistic director at Gustavsberg from 1917- 49 but he continued to have an association with them until his death in 1960.

As well as the best known Argenta series there are a number of other ranges associated with him

Farsta - the most important, these are unique stoneware pieces (my avatar is one of these)
Surrea - surrealist inspired shapes often with a single colour (the white ones are best in my view)
Cintra - porcelain items (ive also seen similar marked Carrara but don't know much about them)
Verkstad - this was a studio within Gustavsberg that Kage was involved with after 1949 until his death.  These piece are often marked KAPA after the initials of the four people involved.

He made other items that were not part of a range including designs for tablewares. Possibly these are trial pieces for a tableware range?
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Ross4130 on May 21st 2016, 4:53 pm

Kevin H wrote:Not seen these plates before (nothing in Gisela Eronn's book on Kage).  However stylistically they look like Kage and he did make plates.

Kage was indeed artistic director at Gustavsberg from 1917- 49 but he continued to have an association with them until his death in 1960.

As well as the best known Argenta series there are a number of other ranges associated with him

Farsta - the most important, these are unique stoneware pieces (my avatar is one of these)
Surrea - surrealist inspired shapes often with a single colour (the white ones are best in my view)
Cintra - porcelain items (ive also seen similar marked Carrara but don't know much about them)
Verkstad - this was a studio within Gustavsberg that Kage was involved with after 1949 until his death.  These piece are often marked KAPA after the initials of the four people involved.

He made other items that were not part of a range including designs for tablewares.  Possibly these are trial pieces for a tableware range?

Wow, thanks for all the info. Enough to keep me occupied in my my research. I have been told Kage has links with Henri Matisse is this true? That would explain the painting style on the plates
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Ross4130 on May 21st 2016, 7:22 pm

So.. I have been looking more into the history of kage and stig Lindberg and found this wonderful old film from 1942 showing them working together.......I think?
Some of the pottery pieces look very similar to the plates, shame we can't see it in colour!

http://filmarkivet.se/sv/Film/?movieid=35


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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Kevin H on May 22nd 2016, 7:52 am

A small Farsta bowl c1955 by Wilhelm Kage for Gustavsberg



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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Kevin H on June 4th 2016, 2:22 pm

Another Kage designed piece.  This plate is part of the Argenta range and is about 8 inches across.


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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by dantheman on June 4th 2016, 2:43 pm

simple but very stylish

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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by 22 Crawford St. on June 4th 2016, 2:47 pm

I've always found much about them forward looking but some of the decoration is very Victorian on some?
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Post by dantheman on June 4th 2016, 3:09 pm

that central design is very cage....

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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by dantheman on June 4th 2016, 3:10 pm

I'll get my coat

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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Kevin H on June 4th 2016, 5:02 pm

I've never been much of a fan of the Argenta pieces with classical motifs of mythical animals,  flowers and so on either.  Some of the simpler more geometric line patterns, as on this one, I do like.
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Squash on June 4th 2016, 9:00 pm

Hello -- I picked up this little bird, unfortunately the beak is broken...  The mark looks like Gustavsberg though the rope on the anchor doesn't appear to be there... any ideas on that?  Also, do you think it could be Stig Lindberg?  I haven't seen any with the wings sticking out the way these do.  Thank you for any opinions!







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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Kevin H on June 11th 2016, 7:30 am

A small jug by Wilhelm Kage.  This was done within the Verkstad during the 1950s and has the KAPA mark on the base.



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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by dantheman on June 11th 2016, 8:18 am

that piece has it all for me, a natural form with beautiful lines and stunning glaze

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Post by 22 Crawford St. on June 11th 2016, 10:01 am

I love it when the pot has a base with lots of unusual markings - it's the cherry on the cake when it has an unusual signature when not expecting one.
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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Kevin H on June 11th 2016, 10:43 am

Here is another one by Kage.  The Verkstad mark is clearer on this one.


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Re: Gustavsberg (Sweden)

Post by Ross4130 on June 23rd 2016, 2:33 pm

My collection of Josef ekberg signed plates, they only measure 7cm in width and have an amazing iridescent finish which doesn't show up so well in theses pictures.


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