John Selbing, artist and long-time Orrefors photographer, designed this charming vase and image of a nesting bird, perhaps a Lövsångare (Leaf Warbler). He used his patented technique, photo etching, to create the nest and foliage, and traditional engraving to add the bird. The codes engraved on the bottom of this piece tell it was made in 1969. It's a small piece, measuring about 5.5" x 2.5" x 5"H and weighing almost two pounds. It hardly shows its age - the condition is very good.
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.
John Selbing worked for Orrefors for his whole career, from 1927 to 1973. He is responsible for many of the photographs you see in the books and catalogs of wonderful Orrefors glass.
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