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Orrefors Glass

Orrefors Glass

Wollman,Bergkvist,Blomqvist,Gate,Graal,Lundin,Hald, Johansson,Koppel,Lindstrand,Englund,Landberg ...

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Code article: 5382


232 pages
104 color + 242 B&W photos
Hard cover with dust jacket
28 x 22 cm

Very little has been published on the subject and this standard work of reference will be welcomed by glass collectors as well as lovers of twentieth century craftsmanship, and by all those who appreciate Scandinavian quality and design. In 1914-15, the first art glass creations, heavily inspired by art nouveau glassware from France and Belgium, were produced at the Orrefors Factory in Sweden. Soon realising the need for an identity, the company experimented with techniques and forms of decoration and by the 1920s, with the outstandingly talented designers Simon Gate and Edward Hald and the excellence of the engravers, the firm was producing individual pieces of the highest quality At the Exposition lnternationale in Paris in 1925, Orrefors glass received international acclaim, and was awarded the coveted Grand Prix. New techniques, such as Graal, Ariel, Kraka, Ravenna and Fuga, were developed at Orrefors while engraving, etching and handpainting on glass continue to reach pinnacles of perfection. Alastair Duncan traces the fascinating history of the company from its beginnings to the present day, illustrating his book with beautiful black and white and colour photographs. A separate section on the most prominent designers includes examples of their work, and a useful list of the marks to be found on the glass assists with dating and with the identification of both engravers and designers. The manufacture of glass and glassmaking techniques are also discussed and illustrated.