$602,300 Axel Salto vase sets new world record for designer

An Axel Salto (1889-1961) vase has been the big star of a major Nordic design auction in London on September 27, setting a new world record for the Danish designer.

The 1944 stoneware work, produced by Salto for the famed Royal Copenhagen manufacturer, sold for £373,250 ($602,300) against a high estimate of £100,000, corresponding to a 273.25% increase on valuation.

Axel Salto vase world record
Axel Salto’s world record breaking vase

The stoneware piece, which incorporated a solfatara glaze, is a fine example of Salto's "budding style", one of three key forms alongside "sprouting" and "living stone" that he employed.

Salto, who spent the majority of his working life with Royal Copenhagen, is regarded as one of the country's most important designers, as the result testifies.

The sale also featured a pair of circa 1938 Little Petra chairs designed by another leading Dane, Viggo Boesen.

Produced by Danish cabinetmaker AJ Iversen, they sold for £103,250 ($166,700), 72.1% up on their £60,000 valuation - setting a world record for Boesen.

Continuing with the Danish theme, a pair of Kaare Klint and Edvard Kindt-Larsen armchairs from the 1930s also performed well. Produced by Rud Rasmussen Snedkerier, the Nigerian leather chairs sold for £91,250 ($147,400), comfortably up on the £60,000 estimate.

The results are a superb indication of the current strength of Modern Scandinavian design with collectors.

At Paul Fraser Collectibles we are delighted to offer several Georgian pieces to you today, including a George III era John Linnell antique cabinet.

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