Art Deco era Swedish glass vase by Edward Hald for Orrefors 1932. The body of the vase with internal horizontal optic ribbing. Heavy base. Deep sea-green in colour. Ground pontil mark to base. Etched marks ‘Of 32’ (for Orrefors 1932) and H.Z. 47 (H for Edward Hald). The vase is 17 cm in height.
Orrefors glassworks was founded in 1898 on the site of an earlier ironworks, producing bottles and sheet glass for industrial and domestic use. It was a change of ownership in 1913 that initiated the production of glassware and decorative items. Artists such as Knut Bergkvist (who had previously worked at Kosta) and Heinrich Wollman (from Bohemia) were brought in. Over the next few years other designers such as Fritz Blomqvist and Simon Gate joined Orresfors, as well as Edward Hald who stayed with Orresfors until 1978 – becoming one of their longest serving glass designers. The first attempts at more modern glass were cameo vases in the style of renown French glassworks such as Daum and Gallé – however the techniques and skills learnt were soon applied in the production of new designs developed at Orrefors. One of these early developments was the production of Graal glass, developed by Knut Bergkvist. In the first part of the 20th century Orrefors was renowned for their elaborately engraved, fine glass – however the post WWI years demanded greater simplicity of design. Designers such as Vicke Lindstrand joined Orrefors through the late 20s and 30s – developing a number of techniques that characterise the range of art glass seen today. Both Sven Palmqvist and Nils Landberg were students at the Orrefors glass school and were accomplished engravers. They both became key designers for Orrefors from the 1940s.
Orrefors Optic Ribbed Green Glass Vase by Edward Hald 1932
This vase is in overall very good condition commensurate with age. No cracks, chips or restoration. Very minor surface marks from use other than one 3cm surface mark which is not easily visible when displayed. Bubble inclusions from original. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.
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