Details & Cataloguing



Axel Salto
incised SALTO / 194, stamped with green Royal Copenhagen logo, with blue wave mark and applied exhibition label

the sketch signed Salto with written dedication
stoneware with Sung glaze, original wood base; together with a sketch of the vase with dedication from Naja Salto and Gerda Åkesson, wife and daughter of Axel Salto
55.2 cm (21  3/4  in.)
circa 1945
executed by the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Manufactory, Denmark
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Gifted by the artist to a Danish private collector, 1947
Thence by descent to the collector's nephew
Bruun Rasmussen Copenhagen, 7 March, 2013, lot 931
Private collection
Piasa Paris, 17 February, 2016, lot 96
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Copenhagen, Designmuseum Danmark, Det Brændende Nu - Axel Salto, 3 November - 10 December, 1989, cat. no. 203


Axel Salto, Den Spirende Stil, Copenhagen, 1949, pp. 72-73 illustrates the present lot and its associated sketch
Axel Salto, Det Brændende Nu - Axel Salto, exh. cat., Designmuseum Danmark, 1989, cat. no. 203 illustrates the present lot
Susanne Bruhn and Pia Wirnfeldt, eds, AXEL SALTO - MASTER OF STONEWARE, exh. cat., CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art Denmark, Middelfart, 2017, p. 184, cat. no. 365

Catalogue Note

  The ceramics of Axel Salto find their roots in the naturalistic world. They engage with it, yet never attempt to create a facsimile of nature itself. Reflecting on the landscape that was to be his greatest influence, Salto’s relationship with nature is clear: ‘The sprouting style… expresses a movement, a growth… there is an inner urge in things which must come out… The vase is like a living organism; the body buds, the buds develop, and sprouting, even prickly, vases are a result of this life.’ The artist writes these words in Den Spirende Stil, a special and limited publication produced on the occasion of his 60th birthday in 1949, where the present lot and its associated sketch are both illustrated together. One of only two known examples and retaining its original wooden base, the ‘Colossal’ vase wholly embodies Salto’s intimate relationship with his chosen material of clay. It is fitting he chose to establish his naturalistic designs on this material which originated from the very earth that so inspired him.