Orrefors Landberg, Nude Woman Holding Up Grapes, Swedish Crystal Vase, 1954 Engraved

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Designed by Nils Landberg, this vase captures a nude woman, holding a large bunch of grapes in the air. It is a bold example of Swedish art glass, influenced by the art deco movement and an appreciation of the human form. It takes many hands to make a piece like this, and the techniques are not commonly used today. The vase is blown, faceted, beveled, polished, and engraved all by hand - remarkable. The beveling along the ends of the planed sides is an extra special touch.

Nils Landberg was born in 1907 and died in 1991. He studied at the Handicraft Society School in Gothenburg, and began his career at Orrefors Glassworks in 1925, initially as an engraver and from 1936 as a designer. He debuted his engraved glass at the Paris Exhibition in 1937, participated in the World Exhibition in New York in 1939, and won the gold medal at the 1957 Milan Triennale. Landberg is best known to the public for his thin wall elegant tableware and art glass. His most famous designs are "Tulip" and "Dusk." He worked at Orrefors until 1972.

This beautiful vase is a perfect size for display on a shelf or desk, 4.5" in diameter and 8" tall, and it weighs nearly 4 pounds. The style code 1968 tells me it was designed in 1938, and the production date code C4 means that this particular vase was made in 1956. It is in good condition for 67-year-old glass, the many small scratches and few nicks on the planed edges do not detract from the image.

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