a stoneware chess set, Gustavsberg, Sweden 1970's.
Painted in gold and silver. Height 5-10 cm. An onyx chessboard included, 42,5 x 42,5 cm.
One piece with repaired neck, one with chip.
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
2 176 - 2 720 EUR
The Collection of Hjalmar Olson (1902-1990), Gustavsberg.
Hjalmar Olson was president of Gustavsberg Porcelain Factory 1937-1968, and a Vice Chairman of LKAB 1962-1973. He was elected in 1942 as a member of the Academy of Engineering Sciences, where he was 2nd Vice Chairman from 1954 to 1956, and was appointed as the first honorary member in 1963. He received his degree in 1962 honorary doctor of technology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
As an engineer he studied modern porcelain industry in Germany. This took him to Gustavsberg porcelain factory already in 1929.
With his great interest in art and craft, he built up a private collection where quality was always of utmost importance. With help from close friends like Estrid Ericson, owner of Svenskt Tenn, he created his collection during the middle of the 1900's.
Gisela Eronn, 'Tusenkonstnären Stig Lindberg', Stockholm 2003, see the model illustrated p 142.
Enligt uppgift kom aldrig schackpjäserna i produktion utan endast mellan 5-10 st uppsättningar tillverkades.