Stunning carved and textured vase or votive holder from Sven Palmqvist, PA 2138/4, designed in 1939. Orrefors' Sven Palmqvist designed this heavy blue glass vase, with shiny leaves carved in a deep relief pattern over textured glass, as the fourth item in a series using this motif. This piece weighs just over 2 pounds, it stands 4.5 inches high, and it is 3 inches across the rim. It has one tiny nick near the bottom, as shown in the photos.
The Orrefors story began in 1726, when an ironworks and smith was built near “the beautiful river that flows into Lake Orranäs” in the Swedish countryside. It was given the name Orrefors, which means “the Orre waterfall.” ("Orre" is the Swedish name for the black grouse, which is the bird seen on their iconic labels.) The foundry was converted to a glassworks in 1898, as the demand for iron decreased. By the mid-1920s, Orrefors was celebrated for the quality and beauty of its glass.
Orrefors employed master artists and craftsmen, some of whom worked their whole careers of 40, 50, or more years with the company. Sven Palmqvist (1906-1984) was born in the glass district of southern Sweden and started his career with Orrefors in 1928, where he remained until 1972. In those years, he designed hundreds of engraved glass motifs. According to his daughter, to whom I am connected through an online glass group, he had a particular fondness for portraying people and animals. Palmqvist is known not only for his graceful and functional designs, but he is also known for his innovative techniques in glass production.
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