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On display on Level 1


Stockholm, Sweden 1862 – 1914


11 October, 1862 – 29 August,1914


commenced 1726

manufacturer (organisation)

Dish with snail motif c.1900 Place made: Sweden
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases, porcelain: underglaze painted decoration

Dimensions: 6.5 h x 7.5 w x 5.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2015
Accession No: NGA 2015.1109
  • Purchased 2015

Porcelain produced by Rörstrand gave form to the particular Swedish interpretation of the Art Nouveau style of the late 19th century. Its designers, headed from 1895 by the painter Alf Wallander, used the forms of indigenous flora and fauna as a basis for fluid, sculptural reliefs on a variety of functional and decorative objects. Glaze colours were developed to express the distinct character of northern light and seasons being explored by Nordic painters at the turn of the century.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design