Ekenäs Runeborg Silhouetted Nude With Flowing Ribbon, 1940s Swedish Engraved Crystal Vase


This beautiful copper-wheel engraved vase was designed by Greta Runeborg and likely engraved by Gert Claesson, who was a craftsman at Ekenäs Glassworks for many years. It was probably made in the in the mid 1940s, while Runeborg was artistic director at Ekenäs. The vase is a perfect size for displaying on a shelf or in a cabinet. It is about 4" x 4" x 8.5", and it weighs 2.5 pounds. It is in fairly good vintage condition, with no significant chips, but the interior seems somewhat worn, and the crystal has many fine bubbles and small scratches. The condition is considered in setting the price.

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.

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