BRITT-LOUISE SUNDELL 'ELEFANT' for GUSTAVSBERG
Britt-Louise Sundell 1928-2011
Britt-Louise Sundell-Nemes-Nagel, potter, cartoonist and designer born in Västerås on August 28, 1928, daughter of Torsten Sundell and Märta Pettersson, from 1963 married to Endre Nemes. Britt-Louise studied for Edgar Böckman at Konstfack in Stockholm during the 1950-54 period and from 1954 was employed as a designer at Gustavsberg's Porcelain factory. At Gustavsberg Britt-Louise took presented several models for KF's Sample Kitchen as well as several other tableware and crockery decorations, including Berit, Mushroom, Ingarö, Kadrilj, Nät, Pastill and Rustik, the latter in stoneware.
Britt-Louise also worked in plastic and on behalf of Målerås Glasbruk. In 1961 she received a diploma from Swedish Form for a set of glass vases she designed for the glassworks in Målerås. In the same year, she also received an award for her grate decoration at the Mariatoget metro station and one year later in 1962, she opens her first own exhibition at Gustavsberg. Thereafter, Britt-Louise has also had separate exhibitions at the Forum in Uppsala 1964, the Craft Exhibition in Copenhagen, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York and in Vienna.
In 1977 Britt-Louise started working in graphics and drawing and in 1984 she stopped at Gustavsberg. She has since done several public decorations, including reliefs and enamel works as well as a baptismal font in ceramics for Markaryd Parish.
Britt-Louise, who died in 2011, received an Artist Scholarship from the King's Fund in 1958. She is represented with her art at the National Museum in Stockholm and Trondheim's and Vienna's Museums. The objects were signed "BS" or "B Sundell".
Britt-Louise Sundell (1928-2011) is one of the most renowned representatives of the illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century. She is well known as one the leading designers for the famous Gustavsberg factory in the 1950s and 1960s.This beautiful modernistic elephant figurine is made of stoneware with glazed geometrical decoration. It was designed in the 1950s as part of the Ringo series. The elephant figurine for sale comes from the Gustavsberg original production.Rare object!Superb condition without any chips, cracks or repairs.Length: 10 cm / 3.9 inchesHeight: 9 cm / 3.5 inchesWidth: 6 cm / 2.4 inchesSigned: "BS, Gustavsberg Ringo
BRITT-LOUISE MÄRTA SUNDELL NEMES-NAGEL (1928-2011) was born in Västerås, Sweden, to become known as one of the most renowned representatives of the illustrious Swedish ceramics design industry of the 20th century. She grew up in the city of Ludvika from 1937, and after studying at the Art College's day school and then with Edgar Bröckman at Konstfack, the University of Arts, Crafts and Design from 1950–1954, Sundell was hired as a designer at AB Gustavsberg's factories where she worked until 1984. In addition to household porcelain, she designed pieces in chamotte stoneware with a vegetative decor, often in the form of carvings. She also worked with plastic and glass. Her works include the series Berit, Mushroom, Ingarö, Kadrilj, Nät, Pastill and Rustik. She made ceramic tiles for wall decorations, and in 1960 she created a number of wall decorations for the Co-operative Association's test kitchen. In 1961, she was awarded a diploma from The Swedish Craft Association for a set of glass vases she designed for Målerås Glassworks, and in the same year she was awarded an iron forging commission in a competition for an artistic decoration for Stockholm subway. The grille was later mounted at the Mariatorget metro station, and in terms of form, it is closely related to the carved decors on her ceramic objects, as well as a baptismal font in ceramics for Markaryd parish 1970. Until 1997, there was a forged iron gate in the hallway towards Klara church by Sundell that was later moved to Hammarbydepån.
She participated in Bing & Gröndahl's handicraft exhibition in Copenhagen in 1960 and the Young Scandinavian handicraft exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York. She was awarded a prize for her work as well as international handicraft exhibitions in several places in Europe. Separately, she debuted with an exhibition at Gustavsberg in Stockholm in 1962 and followed that up with a separate exhibition at Forum in Uppsala in 1964. In the intervening year she also got married to the artist Endre Nemes Sundell is represented at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm, the Kalmar Art Museum, the Laholm Drawing Museum, Moderna Museet the Trondheim Museum, Saltsjöbaden, Västerås Art Museum and in Brno in the Czech Republic. and the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.
In 1979 she began to freelance, working mainly in the media of drawing, collage and graphics, and to show her work in numerous solo exhibitions within Sweden, as well as in Bochum and Inzlingen in Germany. When she left Gustavsberg in 1984 her participation in exhibitions almost became her new full time occupation, including about ten in Stockholm, Linköping 1982, Gothenburg 1989, Hallstahammar and Sala 1991, Olofström 1991-93, Norrköping 2000-05, Uttersberg 2000-02, Ystad 2002. Internationally she participated in the exhibition called 'Life on Earth' 1986-1987, the exhibition 'Mini Print International' in Spain for several years between 1988 and 2004 and various other exhibitions in Japan, England, France and the Czech Republic. Britt Louise-Sundell passed away in 2011.