Nils Thorsson – A glazed stoneware “Baca” vase – Aluminia, Denmark ca. 1965



A stoneware vase decorated with yellow stylised birds on a tactile brown glazed surface.

Both the decoration (model 714) as the form of this vase (model 3223) was designed by Nils Thorsson and  was executed by the Danish ceramics factory Aluminia in the 1960’s.

This object is a rare early example of the highly succesful “Baca” series. The design group led by Nils Thorsson were responsible for the hugely popular “Tenara” and “Baca” earthenware series produced by Aluminia and Royal Copenhagen between 1962 and 1984.

There were 10 décor designers who each had their own monogram stamped underneath each piece. In the Baca series these monograms were placed within a circle hence the name Baca (Baca translates into round fruit / berry from Latin).

Most of the form were designed by Nils Thorsson and a special glazing technique was developed by him so every piece turned out slightly different, giving a unique appearance.

It is fully stamped underneath: Alumina – Denmark (A with 3 waves), 714/3223 (decoration and model number), Nils Thorsson stamp in ring, and “EL” painters / decorator initials.


About Nils Thorsson

Nils Johan Thorvald Thorsson (Eslöv, Sweden 1898 – Copenhagen 1975) was a Danish ceramic artist and designer, best known for his work with the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory. Thorsson showed an early interest in art and ceramics. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and later worked as a painter before joining Royal Copenhagen in 1928.

Thorsson’s career at Royal Copenhagen spanned several decades, and he played a significant role in the development of the company’s artistic direction. He became the artistic director of Royal Copenhagen in 1949, a position he held until 1975. During his tenure, he contributed to the design of numerous iconic pieces, including his well-known Baca and Marselis collections.

Nils Thorsson was known for his innovative approach to ceramics, experimenting with glazes, forms, and decorations. His designs often combined traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics, reflecting the mid-century modern style prevalent during his era.

In addition to his work at Royal Copenhagen, Thorsson also collaborated with other Danish ceramic companies, such as Aluminia, where he created the popular Tenera series.

Nils Thorsson’s contributions to the world of ceramics earned him recognition and acclaim. His pieces are collected by enthusiasts and are considered valuable examples of mid-century Danish design. Nils Thorsson passed away in 1975, leaving behind a legacy of innovative and influential ceramic art.

Works by Nils Thorsson are in the collections of the Art Industry Museum in Copenhagen, The Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Factory Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Museum in Stockholm and the Ceramics Museum in Faenza among other.



Stamp-marked underneath the base: Aluminia-mark, Denmark, 715/3223 (decoration number and modelnumber), Nils Thorsson monogram in ring.


Aluminia, Denmark 1960's


This object is in good condition. No cracks or chips.


Baca catalogue, Copenhagen 1973


Height 20,5 cm
Width 15,8 cm
Depth 10,7 cm

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