This small vase, designed by John Orwar Lake, has an engraving designed and executed by Gert Claesson, who was a craftsman at Ekenäs Glassworks for many years. It depicts a swan wearing a small crown, framed by the bare winter branches of a stand of trees. The traditional copper-wheel engraving is skillfully done, wrapping the tree branches around the vase.
This piece was probably made in the in the late 1960's or early 1970's; while Lake was artistic director at Ekenäs. The vase is a perfect size for displaying on a shelf or in a cabinet. It is 2.5" x 3" x 4.75", and it weighs 1 pound.
Ekenäs glass mill was founded in 1917. It was bought after a bankruptcy in 1922 by Sven Westberg (1883-1962), who held it until 1962. Thereafter, it was run by members of the Tell family, until it was sold in 1976. Greta Runeborg-Tell and John-Orwar Lake were artistic leaders at the glass mill from 1942-1952 and 1953-1976, respectively. Other designers were Edvin Ollers 1946-1947, Astrid Rietz in the 1940s, and Michael Bang from 1966-1988. [wikipedia]
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