Axel Salto - Nordic Design London Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Jerome Shaw collection, Miami
    Jason Jacques Inc., New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jens von der Lippe, Axel Salto, Den Spirende Stil, Copenhagen, 1949, p. 90
    'Axel Salto', Bonytt, no. 1, January 1950, p. 45
    'IX Triennale di Milano - Danimarca', Domus, no. 259, June 1959, p. 33
    Forces of Nature: Axel Salto: Ceramics & Drawings, exh. cat., Antik, New York, 1999, p. 11

  • Catalogue Essay

    Axel Salto is considered one of the masters of Danish ceramics. Salto, unlike his contemporaries presented sculptural and not functional forms to 'create in accordance with nature, rather than to copy its exterior', manipulating new shapes and colours. The majority of his works can be grouped in to three different categories of shape: ‘budding’, ‘sprouting’ and ‘fluted’.

    During his lifetime Salto won several awards, including a medal for his work exhibited at 'Bing & Grondahl' in the Paris World Exhibition, 1925; Grand Prix at the Paris World Exhibition, 1937 and the Grand Prix, Milan Triennial, 1951.


'Large Fruit Form' vase

Stoneware, Oxblood glaze.
33 cm (13 in.) high
Produced by Royal Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Painted under the glaze with blue wave mark, 20819 and incised in the body SALTO.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £52,500

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Madalena Horta e Costa
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Nordic Design

London Auction 1 October 2015