Axel Salto - Design London Friday, June 19, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Hostler Burrows, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2010

  • Literature

    Nyt Tidsskrift For Kunstindustri, no. 7, July 1945, front cover, p. 72 for a similar example
    Axel Salto, Den Spirende Stil, Copenhagen, 1949, pp. 92-94 for similar examples
    Pierre Lübecker, Salto, Copenhagen, 1952, n.p. for a similar example
    Lars Dybdahl, ed., Det Brændende Nu ∙ Axel Salto, exh. cat., Kunstindustrimuseet, Copenhagen, 1989, p. 44 for a similar example
    Forces of Nature: Axel Salto: Ceramics & Drawings, exh. cat., Antik, New York, 1999, pp. 2, 9 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present work is a unique variation of the Sprouting Style vase designs Axel Salto created for Royal Copenhagen. In his 1949 book Den spirende Stil, Salto describes these works as expressing movement or growth, writing, ‘the vase is like a living organism; the body buds, the buds develop, and a sprouting—even prickly—vessel results from the urgency of life within’. The present sprouting vase is an experimental and unusually large example, which notably features combined nodes, alongside the single nodes that typically comprise these vessels in the Sprouting Style. Additionally, the work features a vivid emerald green glaze, not known in any other example of Salto’s work for Royal Copenhagen.


Unique vase in 'Den Spirende Stil' (The Sprouting Style)

Stoneware, flowing Sung with elements of vivid emerald green glazes.
37 cm (14 5/8 in.) high
Produced by Royal Copenhagen, Denmark. Underside incised SALTO/1942, stamped ROYAL/COPENHAGEN/DENMARK and painted blue wave mark under the glaze.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £87,500

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London Auction 19 June 2020