Striking “Farsta Rust” vase by Wilhelm Kåge. Tall, slim shape with a pattern of squares etched into the material, lighter glazed horizontal stripes around the body.
“Farsta” stoneware is recognized as being the best and most exclusive that has come out of Swedish arts and crafts. The series represents the pinnacle of Wilhelm Kåge’s artistry, expressing the full width of his creativity and skill. It dates from the 1920s, when Kåge started experimenting with a new stoneware technique that he named “Farsta” after the location of the Gustavsberg factory, Farstalandet. He kept working with the series into the 1950s, creating different “Farsta” families with various shapes and glazes, among them “Farsta Rust”, “Farsta Blue” and “Terra Spirea”. The shared characteristics are the heavy-set solid designs and contrast between glazed and unglazed areas, as well as forceful glazes and irregularities. The pieces were cast rather than thrown and unlike stoneware from other series, Kåge worked and glazed the “Farsta” pieces himself. The production was small and the stoneware was sold as exclusive gifts and to museums and collectors. “Farsta” is held in equal esteem today.
Designer: Wilhelm Kåge Maker: Gustavsberg Year: 1940s Country: Sweden Condition: Very good vintage condition consistent with age and use
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