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Saxbo 015 (1929-1930)

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Studio: Nylund & Krebs

Designer: Gunnar Nylund (1904-1989)

Period: 1929-1930

Country: Denmark

Size: H: 7.5 cm [3.0 inches], W: 10 cm [4.2 inches]

Details and Condition: A very early vase in green copper glaze with crackings marked with kiln, “Nylund & Krebs Copenhagen” and the model number 15 III. There is two hairline cracks, probably from burning back in 1929/1930. Nathalie Krebs and Gunnar Nylund founded a tiny studio under the name Nylund & Krebs in 1929 in ceramic artist Patrick Nordström workshop. Nylund shaped the entire first production, while Nathalie Krebs stood for glazes and the technical side of production. Krebs developed a new series of semi-matt glazes inspired by nature reflected in names like “birch bark”, “hare’s fur”, “bird’s feather” and “field mouse”. Their cooperation was significant, but very short. Already in the autumn of 1930, Nylund received an offer to join Swedish ceramic factory Rörstrand and accepted it. Following Nathalie Krebs continued the studio under the Saxbo name which is now widely recognized as one of the finest independent ceramic workshops in Scandinavia with a wide and far ranging influence on several generations of ceramicists. Today, pieces are included in the collections of the Copenhagen Industrial Arts Museum, The Swedish National Museum, the New York Museum of Modern Art and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Arts.