Sven Palmqvist designed this bold depiction of Prince Charming raising the glass slipper in celebration after he discovered that it fit Cinderella's foot. The large crystal vase is handblown and copper-wheel engraved. Its simple decorative style was typical for the mid-20th century, though the motif is not common.
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.
This is a large vase, 5.25" x 3.5" x 9.75", and heavy, weighing 5.5 pounds. The design code 3874 tells me it was designed in 1961, though the same piece appears in the 1956 catalog as 3572. The date code D1 means that this particular piece was made in 1962 and the initials RP refer to the engraver, whom I do not know. This is the only one of its kind I have seen - a real treasure!
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