Orrefors Runemalm Swedish Crystal Vase, Art Deco Nude Man and Woman, Engraved 1930s

Sorry, this item has sold.

This vase was likely made at Orrefors Glassworks in Sweden, around 1930. The engraver, and possibly the designer, was Elving Runemalm; you can see his name just below the figures. By the style of the heads and hair, I'd guess that it is an early Art-Deco-influenced piece. I've researched Runemalm and discovered that he was an engraver at Orrefors from 1929-1932. I don't know what he did in the years right after that, but in 1934, Danish designer, Jacob Bang invited him to join him at Holmegaard.

The vase is cylindrical, made of colorless glass, formed with optic ripples inside, and copper-wheel engraved with a nude male and female dancing. The base is marked "Made in Sweden" along with a museum's acquisition number. It is ten inches tall and six inches in diameter at its rim. It is in excellent condition, with only a few scratches to show for its ninety-year life. The piece is not marked in the typical Orrefors manner, but I've consulted with collectors in Sweden, and one confirmed that a Runemalm vase he had was made at Orrefors and dated December 32.

Provenance: Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art, sold to benefit the Decorative Arts Acquisition Fund, numbered to base "1990.75".

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-3 business days

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery

I don't accept exchanges or cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Legal imprint