JUST IN: Karin Bjorquist (Kobolt Series, 1958) Apple Vase

Karin Bjorquist vase with triangular apple form, milky white glaze and cobalt blue leaf decoration. The vase is decorated by hand, which gives it a unique touch. Maker: Gustavsberg studio; Size: Height:  5.1 inches, Diameter: 4.3 inches; Marked: The black Gustavsberg studio hand of Karin Bjorquist.

 

Karin Bjorquist (1927-) is one of the well-known representatives of the illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century. She was one of the leading designers for Gustavsberg in the 1950s-1980s. Price: $225

FOCUS ON: HENRY GILBERT FOOTE WOODCUT “RANCHOS DE TAOS”

Henry Gilbert Foote (1896-1986) circa 1930s woodcut entitled “Ranchos de Taos” c1930s.  Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Foote studied at the Chicago Art Institute during the '20's and '30's.  He worked as a commercial artist and lived in West Chicago, Illinois, 

 

This eight color woodcut depicts a typical adobe style home in northern New Mexico, complete with vigas, small portal, turquoise trimmed windows and rain gutters. It is signed and titled in pencil and printed on Japan paper. Price: $750

JUST IN: Mari Simmulson Heavy Earthenware Modern Bowl designed for Upsala-Ekeby

Heavy earthenware modern bowl decorated with figure of a woman designed by Mari Simmulson (1911-2000) for Upsala-Ekeby, Sweden. Front signed by the artist. Signed on the back: UE SWEDEN 4156 MS. Size: 7 by 7 by 1.4 inches. Price: $280

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, Mari moved to Munich where she studied sculpture. When World War II began, Mari fled to Sweden on a fishing boat. In 1945, Mari Simmulson began working at Gustavsbergs Porcelain Factory.

Mari left Gustavsberg in 1949, taking a position at Upsala-Ekeby. Together with Hjordis Oldfors and Ingrid Atterberg, she completed a trio of influential female 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.

Women are ubiquitous in Mari’s artwork. They are often represented with almond-shaped eyes behind heavy eye lids. The women typically have deep, thoughtful expressions, which contrasts with the playful colors. Mari’s world was a contrast of light and dark, laughter and solemnity, all at the same time.

CARAG NEIGHBORHOOD ANNUAL CHILLY CHILI FEST FEBRUARY 25, 2018, NOON TO 2:30 PM

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Join Xcentric Goods at the CARAG neighborhood annual Chilly Chili Fest on Sunday, February 25, 2018,  Noon to 2:30 PM. The event is held at Bryant Square Park, 3101 Bryant Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, 55408. This annual fundraiser features delicious chili, a silent auction, and door prizes. All proceeds benefit the Joyce Uptown Food Shelf. YOU CAN WIN A $25 XCENTRIC GOODS GIFT CERTIFICATE!!!

JUST IN: Inger Persson (Pro Arte 1994) Brilliant Blue with Yellow Lip Vase and Yellow with Blue Lip Vase

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Two Inger Persson Pro Arte vases dated 1994. Matte cobalt blue glaze bottle vase with yellow lip, 8” tall and a yellow bottle vase with a blue lip vase, 6” tall.  Maker: Rorstrand, original production; Condition: Very good vintage condition without any chips or cracks. Both marked: Rorstrand, Sweden, I Persson), -94. Price: Blue vase, $330 Pair.

Inger Persson (1936-) is one of the well-known representatives of the illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century. She was one of the leading designers for the Rörstrand factory in the 1960s. Persson is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design.

JUST IN: MINNESOTA CORRECTIONS OFFICER BADGE

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Corrections Officer badge belonging to Roy Edgar Benson, born September 2nd, 1902. Benson was a Corrections Officer from 1927 to 1956 at the Minnesota State Reformatory (M.S.R.) in St. Cloud.  The St. Cloud State Reformatory was established in 1887 as a correctional institution for first offenders between the ages of 16 and 30. Comes with a photo of Benson in uniform wearing his St. Paul made M.S.R. badge. Price: $190

JUST IN: Gunnar Nylund (1951) Amazing Blue Vase with Rivets

Gunnar Nylund's amazing cylinder vase with spiky rivets and glossy cobalt glaze. Marvelous Swedish design piece! Maker: Rorstrand, original production. Factory first quality; Size: Height: 5.9 inches; Diameter: 3.9 inches; Marked: Rorstrand, GN (Gunnar Nylund).

Gunnar Nylund (1904-1997) is one of the most well-known representatives of the illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century. He was the artistic leader for the Rörstrand factory in the 1940s and 1950s. Nylund is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design. Price: $375

FOCUS ON: THREE COOL BANGLES

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Vintage cool orange bangle with a Mother of Pearl look, Price $40; Old Art Deco carved tomato red bakelite 1 ½” wide bangle, Price $130; Old Art Deco bakelite “Rings of Saturn” bangle, Price: $98.

JUST IN: HEDGEHOG IN A WHITE CASTLE MUG

Teak & Cork Hedgehog (Nissen 1960s) in a White Castle Mug. Cute hedgehog with rounded form and kind expression. The figurine is made of cork and teak wood. It was crafted in the 1960s at the Nissen factory in Denmark. Heartwarming design! Size: Height: 4.3 in, Width: 2.8 in, Depth: 2.8 in; Marked: Nissen, Denmark. Price Hedgehog: $150; Price White Castle Mug: $5