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Post by Redware on August 31st 2013, 8:49 pm

Does anyone know the maker of this piece? It is marked to the base but I was unable to id the pottery. The only potteries from Iceland I know is Glit (but known more from their lava pieces) and Kjarval & Lökken but the marks are different... The piece was made in 1950 according to the date at the base.
It is very nicely done and looks like a pigeon.
Thanks
Simon
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Post by NaomiM on August 31st 2013, 9:18 pm

Ragnar Kjartansson was a sculptor who founded Glit Pottery in 1958, which Wiki lists as the only pottery in Iceland (at the time). Since this bird predates Glit, it must be the work of a sculptor.
Wiki lists a few Icelandic sculptors who set up the Icelandic Sculptor's Society in the 70s. This bird might be by one of them:

Hallsteinn Sigurğsson, Jon Gunnar Árnason, Şorbjörg Pálsdóttir

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Post by Redware on August 31st 2013, 9:47 pm

You're right Naomi, Glit was founded later than 1950. It's difficult to find a good source of Icelandic potteries... Do you know any webs or books that specialize in Scandinavian/Icelandic ceramics?
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Post by NaomiM on August 31st 2013, 9:56 pm

There's a lot on Scandinavian pottery (Freeforms and thelittleblackhouse websites are good), but I've found very little on Icelandic pottery.

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Post by Redware on August 31st 2013, 10:18 pm

That's it, it's all about Danish, Norvegian, Swedish and sometimes Arabia :(  Iceland is not that famous for ceramics. I had a few nice pieces by Glit but all were well signed.
I will email freeforms and see what they think.
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Post by NaomiM on August 31st 2013, 10:26 pm

I would try the Icelandic Sculptor's Society

http://english.mhr.is/

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Post by numes2 on October 10th 2013, 7:15 pm

Hello I ask for this bottom signed Island E G ... does anyone knows it? in my memory it is related to some iceland pottery

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Post by numes2 on October 10th 2013, 8:31 pm

Thank you NaomiM. Here the vase. Actually is a Glit style. Why different mark? usually Glit lava has a volcano. Early Age?  Einar Guğmundsson and Guğmundur Einarsson (Iceland) Glit_i10
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Post by dantheman on October 10th 2013, 8:52 pm

looks like Glit to me Shrugs

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Post by hellilja on October 11th 2013, 10:09 pm

no, not Glit.
this is a moden piece by Einar Guğmundsson ( hence the e.g)
he is still working and has a shop in central Reykjavík, he is the son of Guğmundur of Miğdal who signed all his pieces with just the mountain.
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Post by tenpot on October 12th 2013, 8:33 am

great information hellilja , Reykjavik to Bologna, both cities I have visited, pots travel everywhere
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Post by NaomiM on October 12th 2013, 1:06 pm

Great info, hellilja. Thank you for posting.

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Post by numes2 on October 12th 2013, 2:06 pm

Great hellilja!
Guğmundur Einarsson (1895- 1963) and Einar Guğmundsson (1932 -)

And now I found the mountain was used by Guğmundur in his studio named Listvinahúsiğ (Art House) since 1927, with the wife Lydia PálsdóttirIn who studied pottery in Germany.
In 1955 Einar took over the workshop. Many artists worked in Listvinahúsiğ like Baldur Ásgeirsson, and Ragnar Kjartansson (1923 - 1989) the Glit Studio founder (1958).
In 2004 Guğmundur II son of Einar work together.
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Post by Redware on October 19th 2013, 8:44 pm

Thanks guys! Finally I've id'd the bird https://www.20thcenturyforum.com/t13163-icelandic-pottery-pigeon-made-in-1950
 Jumping For Joy It's made by Guğmundur Einarsson, there are a few animal pieces available on the web, all have that similar glaze. Naomi - thank you for spotting the mark Happy
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Post by hellilja on October 21st 2013, 11:14 am

Glad to be of help with the Icelandic end of things,
Pieces by Guğmundur frá Miğdal sell for good money here (500-700 dollars depening on size), the bird is actually a Ptarmigan. they are common in Iceland.

He made many figurines of icelandic birds and animals.

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