Orrefors Glass

Duncan, Alastair

Published by Antique Collectors, Club, 1995
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231 pp. 98 colour illustrations. 237 b/w illustrations. A history of the Orrefors glass company featuring work by it's principle designers from the early 20th century to the present day. Appendix includes glass making techniques and list of designer's and engraver's marks and signatures. Internally clean and unmarked with sound binding. Blue cloth covered boards with stamped gilt titles on the front panel and backstrip. Colour illustrated dustjacket is protected by plastic book wrap. Slight shelf and display wear to the dustjacket edges otherwise in very good condition. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This new book by Alastair Duncan is the first major study and history of the output of the Orrefors factory and will be of great interest to all collectors and connoisseurs of glass. 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.

From Library Journal: Glass in all its forms is the essential theme of these two works: both offer an opportunity to enjoy the endless shapes this basic element can take, and both give commercial and personal histories, but the end results are quite different. Written by a scholar and specialist and produced by the reliable Antiques Collectors' Club, Orrefors Glass describes a single firm over almost a century of production. It traces Orrefors from its origin as a means of utilizing excess timber to its current international renown, supplies biographical information on designers, identifies marks and signatures, and offers a short section on techniques. As a useful reference work on a specific topic, this volume should be part of any library serving the collecting public. The second book is a more elaborate study of the multiple firms producing glass on the famed Ventian island of Murano. It has much to commend it but is seriously flawed as a reference work. The dust jacket promises more than the book provides, and the contents frequently fall short of what the reader might reasonably expect. The indexes of model numbers are very useful but are not provided for all the firms; nor are they all as detailed or as precise as predicted. While this may be the result of poor record-keeping by a particular firm, it is disappointing to the reader. The biographies of the artists/designers are quite useful, and perhaps the best section is that on labels, trademarks, and signatures. However, the index and notes are not easily navigable; although illustrations of works by Calder, Cocteau, Sottsass, etc., are promised, the index cannot locate them. It is unfortunate that the flaws in this volume keep it from being the excellent work it could and should have been, but it is valuable for its elegant illustrations, its scholarship, and its details of the techniques and methods of the art of glass-making. [The publisher promises a revised edition of Art Glass from Murano by early next year.?Ed.]?Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New Yor.
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Title: Orrefors Glass
Publisher: Antique Collectors, Club
Publication Date: 1995
Binding: Cloth
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

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Book Description -Antique Collectors Club -, 1995. First edition. 280x220mm 231 pages. 126 color 204 black and white plates. Cloth. Fine in dustjacket. The true history of Orrefors glass began in 1898 with the purchase by Johan August Samuelsson of the estate and former blast furnace and iron-smithy which existed on the site. To utilize the surplus wood that was plentiful, he decided to manufacture glassware, the timber being used to the fuel the operation of smelting sand, soda and calcium into soda-glass. An industrialist from Gothenburg later purchased the estate from Samuelsson's heirs in 1913 and found himself increasingly fascinated by the glass operation side of his purchase. By the end of 1914, with his help and encouragement, the nucleus of a highly talented art glass team was in residence and their first creations in the years of 1914-1915 were heavily Art Nouveau, owing much to the work of Emile Galle for their inspiration. Realizing the need for something fresh and distinctly their own, the artists experimented with different manufacturing and design techniques eventually producing a new line of art glass which, because of its very high quality and originality, brought growing fame to the company. Today, Orrefors continues to produce glass of the very highest quality. The new generation of designers, some of them part-time, have the skills and potential to match their predecessors and provide a continuum in their sharp mix of vibrant colours and modern designs. Exports now represent 50% of the firm's output while a broadening public awareness of Orrefors glass has led to its inclusion in art auctions. Examples by Held, Gate, Lindstrand and Ohrstrom are now included in sales at Sotheby's and Christie's worldwide. As well as a thorough history of the company and photographs of the work produced over the years at Orrefors, the author has also included detailed biographical entries of the principal artists and designers with information about the glass manufacture and decorating techniques employed by the factory during its distinguished history. Bookseller Inventory # 782

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