Monday, December 28, 2009

Gold Medal Winner

This is an extremely rare "Flambe" urn made for Rörstrand/Lidkoping from the Unique ALP-series by Gunnar Nylund & decorated by Oskar Dahl in the early 1930´s. This series came about as a direct competition to Gustavsberg's Argenta series. The classical athletic motif may be a reference to Olympians, for 1932 was an Olympic year, officially called Games of the X Olympiad, it was held in Los Angeles, California. The kneeling figure is waving the Swedish flag while the other male form has what appears to be laurel decorations. This is the kind of piece that would have been made for special exhibition and would be shown as a proud example of superior craftsmanship. Just look at the fine detail and gilded highlights! These urns are rarely seen outside of important auction houses in Sweden.

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