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  • Description

    Glass vase, mould-blown topaz-coloured glass with undulating profile expanding towards the middle and suble vertical ridges. Unmarked.

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  • Date

    • 1923 (designed; circa)
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 248 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Made by the Sandvik branch of the Orrefors Glassworks, which specialised in utility glass production. This vase was included in the Orrefors-Sandvik catalogue of 1923, which contains items designed between 1917 and 1923, see H. Ricke and L. Thor, Swedish Glass Factories. Production catalogues 1915-1960, Munich 1987, p.281.
    For a similar vase, identified as Model No. H47, see Bukowski, Auction 533, 2-5 November 2004, lot 947.


  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited in 'Recent Acquisitions' display in G48, 2001-2002

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    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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