Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Egyptian Revivalism

The stylized golden details on this bowl by Josef Ekberg for Gustavsberg remind me of the asp motif found on many Pharaoh's head pieces - a fair deduction would find Egyptian Revivalism at play here. Created around 1930 in Sweden, the style would coincide with the Egyptomania design trend that was still raging post King Tut's discovery in the 20s. A beautiful aspect of this piece is the "petrol" finish to the glaze which lends the surface its glowing opalescence.
13.5" in diameter, 3" to the top of the cobra-like handles

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