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Two glass vases from the 'hour-glass' series, clear glass, free blown, formed of two cones joined at the centre with flat-cut rim and base. Maker's mark on the taller goblet (a).
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Diameter: 7.20 centimetres ((a) rim)
Diameter: 6.90 centimetres ((b) rim)
Height: 40.50 centimetres ((a))
Height: 30.50 centimetres ((b))
- Curator's comments
- Lundin's large hour-glass vases are among her best known designs of the 1950s; they were shown in the exhibition 'Swedish Glass 1954' held by the Swedish Crafts Association at the National Museum, Stockholm, and in the H55 exhibition held in Helsingborg in 1955. Lundin had already designed glasses of similar shape, called 'Dubbelglasen' in 1952, for a selling exihibition at the firm of Steiger & Co in Bern (see H. Ricke and U. Gronert (eds), 'Glas in Schweden 1915-1960', Munich 1987, p. 180, no. 293). They were made in four different sizes, see A. Duncan, 'Orrefors Glass', Woodbridge 1995, pp. 59 and 169. See also H. Dahlbäck Lutteman and M Uggla (eds), 'The Lunning Prize', Exhibition catalogue, Nationalmuseum Stockholm, 1986, pp. 58-61.
The word 'expo' in the factory mark refers to a series of glass designs called 'Expo' glasses between 1944 and 1975, and recorded in a separate sequence of factory workbooks. The selection comprised experimental works, re-issues of earlier designs, special commissions and, by no means the majority, pieces created for specific exhibitions. All the artists working for Orrefors contributed to the Expo series, which consisted primarily of unique pieces and was numbered sequentially. From 1953 there was a parallel series of registers arranged by designer, in which most of the designs were for exhibitions, but it also included designs intended for series production. The Expo series is fully discussed in Ricke and Gronert, op. cit. pp. 284-5.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016-2017: 12 November - 22 January, BM, G90a, 'Modern design and graphics: a selection of objects and prints from post-war Europe in the British Museum'
2019 4 May – 28 Jul, Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, Nordic by Nature
2019 5 Aug- 31 Oct, Old Gala House, Galashields, Nordic by Nature
2019-2020 16 Feb – 1 Feb, Thurso Art Gallery, Caithness, Nordic by Nature
2020 15 Feb – 19 Mar and 22 Jul – 20 Sep, Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, Nordic by Nature
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