Designed by Vicke (Victor Emanuel) Lindstrand, this handblown half crystal vase is an early example of a new design movement in Sweden in the 20th century, one led in part by Lindstrand. In place of the traditional filigree and flourishes that filled engraved glass from earlier artists, Lindstrand employed dominant central figures, often using human and animal subjects. Lindstrand designed this wonderfully playful rendering of a baby, wearing a tiny crown, and made even more endearing by its size of less than 3." This is among his earliest designs, and though it has a few small scratches, after eighty-two years, the story it tells shines through.
Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) was born in Goteborg, Sweden, and started his career with Orrefors in 1928, where he remained until 1940. He pioneered daring art glass designs at Orrefors, and together with designer Edvin Öhrström and master engraver Knut Bergqvist, he invented the Ariel technique. The tales of his departure vary, but it is known that he was under an agreement not to work in glass for a decade. Between 1943 and 1950 he became creative leader at Uppsala Ekeby, where he designed many different stoneware objects ranging from pots to figural sculptures. In 1950 he joined Kosta Glasbruk as an artistic director. He was the dominant designer until his retirement in 1973, lending his name to many now classic designs. As a glass designer, textile and ceramic designer, and painter, he is considered a pioneer of Swedish art. (He is also my favorite Swedish artist, and the one whose work I collect most.)
This beautiful vase is small, 2.75" x 2.75" x 3.25", and it weighs almost 1 pound. The style code 1458 tells me it was designed in 1936, and it appears in Orrefors Catalog 11. The production date code A3 means that this particular vase was made in 1937, and the engravers mark S. R. belongs to Sture Rydberg, who worked at Orrefors from 1928-1944.
This is a special little piece, the only one of its kind I've ever seen.
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