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Berndt Friberg Turquoise Bowl

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Berndt Friberg's ceramics for Gustavsberg are some of the finest examples of wheel-thrown pottery of the 20th century. His stunning portfolio of work is characterised by intricate glazes, exquisite forms, and an unsurpassed level of skill & craftpersonship.

This vibrant footed bowl was handmade by Friberg in 1962, and features a beautifully dappled glaze of turquoise, cobalt & navy.

The upper section of this piece is dominated by the bright turquoise glaze, which gradually merges into navy blue. The complimentary glazes blend at the bowl's waist, creating delicately feathered areas of depth & high contrast. The nuanced navy glaze is rich & inky with subtle areas of cobalt blue, and covers two thirds of the bowls exterior. The lower part returns gently to a light turquoise glaze, but here the colours gently merge with delicate organic speckles. 

The bowl's interior reflects the glorious exterior and perfectly illustrates the complexity of Friberg's choice of intricate glaze. Predominantly navy, the captivating interior features dappled & feathered areas of aqua-blue with a large freckled pool at the bottom. 

The shape and proportions of this exceptional bowl beautifully showcase Friberg's mastery as a potter. With its high walls, graceful foot, and gently flared rim, it evokes a sense of timeless elegance reminiscent of ancient Chinese ceramics, which served as a significant source of inspiration for Friberg's artistic vision. The homage to these classical influences adds further reverence and depth to this remarkable piece of studio pottery.

Designer: Berndt Friberg

Manufacturer: Gustavsberg

Year of Design: 1962

Dates Produced: 1962

Colour: Turquoise, navy, blue

Diameter: 11.5 cm, Height: 8.2 cm

Condition: Very good with a light scratch to glaze.

Branding: Incised with ‘Friberg’ and Gustavsberg hand mark, along with date letter ‘D’ for 1962