Orrefors Selbing Girl Conducting Bird Songs, 1969 Engraved Crystal Vase

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John Selbing, artist and long-time Orrefors photographer, designed this charming vase with an image of a young girl conducting a choir of songbirds. The image was made with traditional copper-wheel engraving by skilled Orrefors engravers. The codes engraved on the bottom of this piece tell me it was made in 1969. It's a perfect size for a display vase, measuring about 6" x 2.75" x 4.5"H and weighing almost three pounds. The condition is very good - it hardly shows its age.

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 a great many of the photographs you see in Orrefors books and catalogs.

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