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.
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.
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.
A very fine 'Swimsuit' vase designed by Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda c1985 in excellent condition. For more Scandinavian art glass, including a wide range of Kosta Boda vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.
A very fine and rare Kosta Boda vase from c1985 in excellent condition. For more Swedish art glass, as well as a wide range of other Scandinavian art glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.
A very fine and rare Norweigian Plus cased vase designed by Benny Motzfeld from c1975 in excellent condition. For more Scandinavian art glass, including a wide range of studio glass vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.