Designed by Nils Landberg, this little crystal vase is a charming example of Swedish art glass. It takes many hands to make a piece like this, and the techniques are only used in small studios today. The vase is blown, planed, polished, and engraved all by hand - remarkable.
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 sweet vase is small, 3.25" x 3.25" x 3", and it weighs 0.8 pounds. The style code 3108 tells me it was designed in the late 1940's, and it appears in Orrefors Catalog 24B. The production date code B7 means that this particular vase was made in 1950, and the engraver is unknown because there is no engraver's mark.
This is a lovely little piece, the only one of its kind I've ever seen.
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