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Scandanavian


Never having been regarded a particularly notable source of classical glassware, the countries bordering the Baltic Sea embraced the growth in popularity of the Art Glass movement which mushroomed alongside the wider awaking of Scandinavian design ideas. Essentially simplistic shapes with echoes of a more traditional balance of form and function, the blues and whites of clear skies and snowfields are common themes in pieces from the region, tinged with the greens of the great coniferous forests which shroud the mountains and occasional splashes of volcanic reds and oranges.

Of all the Nordic countries, it was Sweden which was to the fore in glass production, simply because it was generally the most affluent and stable area, and there was more scope for the population to undertake and explore artistic endeavours.

The Swedes lead from the front, pioneering methods of producing blown and cased glassware, while specific manufacturers became known for carved and cut wares. Ohrstrom, Lindstrand, Ernest Gordon and Bergqvist are all eminently collectable practitioners of Sweden’s glass arts.

Embracing other aspects of design, Swedish glass artists were just as likely to be known for creativity with ceramics, textiles and paintings as they were for their vitreous endeavours alone, and the flair and renown for their production of housewares in general was to become a recognised national trait.

Elsewhere, the Finns excelled in the creation of blown glass items, particularly in the 1950’s and 60’s when they embraced pop art culture with a somewhat incongruous free spirit. Wirkkala and Sarpaneva separately developed a range including vases, candlesticks and jugs, all which bore a rugged, textural hallmark redolent of their own country’s more readily acknowledged somewhat bluff and unyielding persona, and the peculiarly Danish fancy for working with plastics was reflected by Holmegaard & Co’s production of bright, colourful blown-glass pieces that resembled the synthetic material.


 

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Signed Kosta Boda "Ventana" Vase c1955

Signed Kosta Boda "Ventana" Vase c1955

A very fine Kosta Boda "ventana" vase by Mona Morales-Schildt in excellent condition. For more European art glass, including a wide range of Murano sommerso vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£350.00

Timo Sarpenava Crocus Vase for Iittala c1967

Timo Sarpenava Crocus Vase for Iittala c1967

A Timo Sarpenava Crocus vase for Iittala from the end of the sixties. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£50.00

Tamara Aladin for Riihimaki Kleopatra Jug c1965

Tamara Aladin for Riihimaki Kleopatra Jug c1965

A very fine Riihimaki Kleopatra jug designed by Tamara Aladin c1965. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Scandinavian glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

Per Lutken for Holmegaard Aristocrat Decanter and Set of Six Shot Glasses Designed 1956

Per Lutken for Holmegaard Aristocrat Decanter and Set of Six Shot Glasses Designed 1956

A very fine Holmegaard "Aristocrat" decanter designed by Per Lutken in 1956. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Scandinavian glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

An Orrefors Enamelled and Gilded Decanter c1980

An Orrefors Enamelled and Gilded Decanter c1980

An art deco inspired Orrefors enamelled and gilded decanter from c1980. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

A Scandinavian  Cut Glass Banded Vase c1960

A Scandinavian Cut Glass Banded Vase c1960

A extensively worked Scandinavian triangular cut glass banded vase from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£70.00

Signed Saara Hopea Designed Candle Holder for Nuutajärvi 1964

Signed Saara Hopea Designed Candle Holder for Nuutajärvi 1964

Blue candle holder designed and signed by Sarra Hopea for Nuutajärvi 1964

£68.00

Footed glass vase by Bertil Vallien for Boda-Åfors

Footed glass vase by Bertil Vallien for Boda-Åfors

allien joined in 1963. He has signed this piece and left his "cauldron" mark. Afors was merged with Kosta Boda in 1976. We are unable to decipher the serial or pattern number. Although this is signed Afors the name continued to be used post merg

£195.00

An Orrefors Engraved Vase by Sven Palmqvist  c1970

An Orrefors Engraved Vase by Sven Palmqvist c1970

An Orrefors engraved vase by Sven Palmquist with cock and hen pheasants. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£85.00

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