Lot 136
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Axel Salto

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  • Axel Salto
  • Bowl, model no. 20.804
  • inscribed SALTO 145 20804, with blue wave mark, and with partial paper label Salto: Ste... / Roth... / "Spirende stil"
  • stoneware with blue mussel over iron glaze


Susanne Bruhn and Pia Wirnfeldt, eds, Axel Salto - Master of Stoneware, exh. cat., Copenhagen, 2017, p.179, cat. no. 258

Catalogue Note

Initially trained as a painter, Salto turned his hand to ceramics in 1920-21, working closely with Carl Halier at the Royal Copenhagen Manufactory to realise his artistic vision in clay. The ceramics of Axel Salto find their roots in the naturalistic world, engaging with it, yet never attempting to create a facsimile of nature itself. Reflecting on the landscape that was to be his greatest influence, Salto states that ‘It is of greater importance for an artist to create in the spirit of nature than to imitate its exterior.’ Salto’s relationship with nature continued throughout all of his designs, with styles such as ‘Budding’ and ‘Sprouting’ becoming some of his most celebrated. Salto’s relationship between the material and its form was at once dynamic and tightly entwined, ‘…since only the complete interaction between form and material determines the work of art, and it is the work of art…that is the aim of the ceramicist.’ It is fitting that Salto chose to establish his naturalistic designs on a material that came from the very earth that so inspired him.