FOCUS ON: Lisa Larson (1990s) Photogenic Fox (Rav) Family

Lisa Larson's photogenic fox family with peaceful form and gentle expression. The figurines are decorated by hand, which gives them a unique touch.

Larson designed the foxes in 1976-78 for Gustavsberg porcelain factory. They have since the 1990s been crafted at Keramikstudion Gustavsberg.

Maker: Keramikstudion Gustavsberg in Sweden; Size: Length: 3.1 and-6.3 in; Marked:  Lisa L, Made in Sweden. Price: $260 (pair)

JUST IN: Lillemor Mannerheim (Mangania 1955) Modernistic Vase

Lillemor Mannerheim's striking vase in an abstract whale form, matte black glaze, and a green labyrinth decoration. It was designed in 1955 as part of the Mangania series. Maker: Gefle, original production; Size: Height: 4.3 in, Width: 5.5 in, Depth: 4.3 in; Marked: Mannerheim. Price: $150

Lillemor Mannerheim was born in Helsinki, Finland’s capital. She studied at Higher Art Industry School in Stockholm from 1945-49. During her free time over the summer months, she further developed her skills at the Arabia Porcelain Factory in Helsinki. From 1950-1952, Mannerheim trained in sculptural technique at the Académi de la Grande Chaumiére in Paris. In 1952,

Mannerheim returned to Sweden, taking a position at the Gefle Porcelain Factory on the country’s east coast. During the 1950s, she designed era-typical tableware, figurines, and sculptures. Mannerheim is represented at numerous museums in Sweden and Finland.

FOCUS ON: Mari Simmulson Upsala-Ekeby Wall Plaque/Bowl

Mari Simmulson hand painted wall plaque/bowl with a striking design incorporating a woman with 2 small birds. The foot has 2 holes so that it can be wall hung or displayed flat.

The back is signed 'UE Sweden 4063 ms [Mari Simmulson).' Manufacturer: Upsala Ekeby (Sweden); Size: 10.4” high x 10.5” wide x 1.6” deep. Circa 1950s – early 1960s. There are 3 small nicks to the back edge and a shrinkage crack in the clay on the back from manufacture that is not visible when it is displayed. Price: $530

FOCUS ON: Marianne Starck, Pitcher/Vase, “Negro” Series, Designed for Michael Andersen & Son (Denmark)

Modernist pitcher/vase from the “Negro” Series designed by Marianne Starck (1938 - 2007) for Michael Andersen & Son, Bornholm, Denmark. Incised MA & S triangle fish mark, 5581/1, size: 6” tall. Price: $290

Marianne Starck (1931 – 2007) worked at Michael Andersen & Sons, Bornholm as the Artistic Director from 1955 to its closure in 1993. During these decades her output of designs was vast. Marianne originally come from Germany where she undertook an apprenticeship at the Thoms pottery in northern Germany, and later studied graphic design in Germany at Landeskunstschule (University of Fine Arts, Hamburg).

One of her most striking and very popular series of designs was for the 1950s “Negro” series. This series features white motifs carved through to black clay – the form would have been slip cast first and then finished and carved by hand and you can usually see the carve marks in the black clay. The motifs in this series vary from abstract forms, to stylised plants, animals and human forms to simple repeat patterns.

FOCUS ON: Mari Simmulson, Mariana Series Vase #4440 (1959 – 1964)

Mari Simmulson Mariana series vase (1959-1964) designed for Upsala-Ekeby (Sweden). Size: Height 8.7” Diameter 5.3”   Signed "ms" and "UE Sweden 4440." Price: $695

Mari Simmulson (1911-2000) was born to Estonian parents in St Petersburg, Russia. At the start of the Russian revolution in 1917, the family moved back to Estonia. During the 1930s, Mari studied at the State Art School in Tallinn. After her formal education, Mari further developed her skills at the nearby Arabia porcelain factory in Helsinki. After marrying,  Simmulson moved to Munich where she studied sculpture. When World War II began, she fled to Sweden. In 1945, she began working at the Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory.

Mari Simmulson left Gustavsberg in 1949, taking a position at Upsala-Ekeby. Together with Hjordis Oldfors and Ingrid Atterberg, she completed a trio of influential women designers who set the tone for the company in the fifties. Mari would remain at the factory until 1972, designing a variety of dishware, vases, wall plates, bowls, and figurines. She often opted for bold, colorful decor, offering a clear contrast to dark, unadorned pottery.

FOCUS ON: Marianne Starck, Pitcher/Vase, “Negro” Series, Designed for Michael Andersen (Denmark)

Modernist pitcher/vase with rough texture from the Negro Series designed by Marianne Starck (1938 - 2007) for Michael Andersen & Son, Bornholm, Denmark. Incised triangle fish mark, 5313. Size:  7” tall. Price: $260

Marianne Starck (1931 – 2007) worked at Michael Andersen & Sons, Bornholm as the Artistic Director from 1955 to its closure in 1993. During these decades her output of designs was vast. Marianne originally come from Germany where she undertook an apprenticeship at the Thoms pottery in northern Germany, and later studied graphic design in Germany at Landeskunstschule (University of Fine Arts, Hamburg).

One of her most striking and very popular series of designs was for the 1950s “Negro” series. This series features white motifs carved through to black clay – the form would have been slip cast first and then finished and carved by hand and you can usually see the carve marks in the black clay. The motifs in this series vary from abstract forms, to stylized plants, animals and human forms to simple repeat patterns.