This charming vintage Swedish stoneware turtle was designed by Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg as part of her Turtles/Sköldpaddor series, introduced in 1963. The hand decorated turtle has a simple rounded form and features a cluster of circular shapes resembling limpets on the top of its shell. The circular shapes have been finished with cobalt blue glaze and are set on a black ground. The sides of the turtle's body are an oatmeal color and have been incised with vertical linear decoration highlighted by dark brown glaze. The turtle's neck and head have a simplified thumb-like shape. The head bears a tiny little smile and also has incised circular eyes scored with a straight line, giving the reptile a "chilled out" peaceful sleepy expression.
The turtle is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The piece stands 2.5" to the apex of the shell and measures 4.5" across the base of the shell. It is 5.5" long from the front of the head to the back of the shell. The underside bears an impressed Gustavsberg mark along with "Lisa L.", "GUSTASVBERG SWEDEN" and three production related stilt marks from the kiln. The piece also retains its original Gustavsberg sticker.
This vintage Lisa Larson turtle displays beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to a collection of Scandinavian ceramics or to a wider grouping of turtle figures. It would make a great stand alone decorative accent for a desk or bookshelf, or could function as a paperweight. An adorable vintage find!
Vintage Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg Incised Stoneware Turtle with Cobalt Blue Glaze