Orrefors (Sweden)

The Swedish design philosophy of “beautiful things for everyday life” is actualized in the glassware of Orrefors. Founded in 1898, this glass manufacturer was one of the leading companies in the Scandinavian Modernism movement and is revered by collectors for the fine craftsmanship and innovation of its superlative art glass.


     Orrefors began making art glass — works that, distinct from mass-production pieces, are made in small numbers to showcase the skills and talents of artists and artisans — in 1913. Two of the first artists hired by the firm were Simon Gate and Edward Hald, who worked initially in the organic Art Nouveau style, and later proved adept with the geometric imagery of the Art Deco period. Hald and Gate worked closely with glassblowers to refine traditional glassmaking methods, creating new materials such as "graal" glass. In the graal technique a design made with colored glass is encased in layers of transparent glass, preserving the image while the overall glass form is worked and shaped. Orrefors won an international following when it presented such pieces in Paris in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes — the design fair whose name gave rise to the term Art Deco.


     In the years following that success, Orrefors attracted more dynamic and experimental artists such as Vicke Lindstrand and Edvin Ohrström, who joined the company in the 1930’s. Lindstrand and Ohstrom worked with glassblowers to create the "ariel" glass technique, an innovation that produces deeper, richer imagery that seems to morph and flow as light is refracted by the glass.


     As you will see from the items offered on these pages, there is a special aesthetic quality to Orrefors glass. Whether a vase or a set of wine goblets, the work of this premier Swedish company represents the apex of functional artistry.

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Glass Bowl by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors
Dimensions: H 2 in. W 6 in. D 2 in.
Dealer Location: Los Angeles, CA
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Glass Bowl by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors
Orrefors, Vicke Lindstrand
Vintage 1940s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bowls and Baskets
Glass
Hand chiseled bowl by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors. Signed on bottom. Made in Sweden, circa 1940s.     
Dimensions: H 9 in. W 3.75 in. D 3.75 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Materials & Techniques: Cut Glass
Rare Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors Crystal Sculpture...
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Vintage 1970s Swedish Sculptures
Cut Glass
1972 Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors glass sculpture "The Magic Eye" consists of an extremely heavy block of crystal cut with fine bevelled edges and two large eye-shaped excavations on opp...
Dimensions: H 3.5 in. Dm 7.25 in.
Dealer Location: North Miami, FL
Materials & Techniques: Crystal
Signed Orrefors Vintage Banded Striped Crystal Gla...
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Bowls and Baskets
Crystal
This stunning and vibrant cobalt blue and sage brown striped banded glass Swedish Orrefors vintage crystal glass bowl has the original sticker on it from the time of the 1960s. This is ...
Dimensions: H 4 in. Dm 5 in.
Dealer Location: Tarrytown, NY
Materials & Techniques: Art Glass
Small Orrefors Vase Bowl
Orrefors
Early 2000s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Art Glass
This is a vintage small Orrefors vase signed and numbered on the underside.
Dimensions: H 7 in. W 4 in. D 4 in.
Dealer Location: Philadelphia, PA
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Orrefors Ariel Vase by Ingeborg Lundin
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
This is a stunning optical glass vase in blue, yellow and clear glass designed by Ingeborg Lundin and made by Orrafors. 1960s. Signed and numbered on bottom.
Dimensions: H 12.25 in. Dm 3 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Materials & Techniques: Art Glass
Collection of 1960s Blue-Glass “Selena” Vases by S...
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Vintage 1960s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Art Glass
Five lovely blue-glass "Selena" vases by Sven Palmqvist for Orrefors, circa 1960s. Each signed. Clockwise from top left: 12-1/4" H x 3" W; 8" H x 5" W; 6-1/2" H x 2-1/2" W; 7" H x 2" W;...
Dimensions: H 8 in. W 3 in. D 3 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Crystal
Crystal Bud Vase, Orrefors, Sweden
Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Vases and Vessels
Crystal
Mid-Century crystal bud vase. Never used and still in original box. Retains original marking sticker.
Dimensions: H 6.5 in. Dm 6 in.
Dealer Location: San Francisco, CA
Unusually Large Swedish Orrefors Cased Glass 'Fish...
Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Vases and Vessels
An unusually large Swedish Orrefores 1950s cased glass 'Fish Graal' signed Edvard Hald (similar example in the V&A Museum, London; this large example of Edvard Hald's fish graal depicti...
Orrefors Vase, Candlesticks, Bowls Made of Crystal
Dimensions: H 10.24 in. W 7.87 in. D 7.87 in.
Dealer Location: Helsingborg, SE
Materials & Techniques: Crystal
Orrefors Vase, Candlesticks, Bowls Made of Crystal...
Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Other Candle Holders
Crystal
Orrefors vase, candlesticks, bowls made of crystal.
Dimensions: H 14 in. Dm 1.88 in.
Dealer Location: Philadelphia, PA
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass
Group of Three Mid-Century Modern Sputnik Glass Va...
Asta Strömberg, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
A fine group of three Orrefors Sputnik vases. Originally designed and produced by stromberghyttan by Asta and Gerda Stromberg in mid-20th century. Orrefors acquired stromberghytta...
Dimensions: H 9 in. Dm 5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Modernist Cut Crystal Vase by Orrefors
Orrefors
Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
This gorgeous vase features a clean modern design with a border on top of diamond cut detailing in a great geometric pattern. This piece is a great accent as well as functional piece wh...
Dimensions: H 2.25 in. W 5 in. D 3.75 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Mid-Century Style Teardrop Yin and Yang Crystal Vo...
Orrefors
Early 2000s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Candle Holders
These teardrop crystal votive holders feature a yin and yang teardrop design. They are signed Orrefors and are in excellent condition.
Dimensions: H 7.87 in. Dm 3.15 in.
Dealer Location: Bern, CH
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Sven Palmquist, Orrefors, "Kraka"
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Vintage 1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Beautiful vase, designed by Sven Palmquist for Orrefors, Sweden. The object signed and in very nice condition.  
Orrefors Glass Tornado Bowl
Dimensions: H 4 in. W 7 in. D 7 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Orrefors Glass Tornado Bowl
Orrefors
Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
Orrefors glass Tornado bowl was designed by Jan Johansson. Highly sculptural decorative object. Please visit our 1stdibs storefront for other interesting holiday gift ideas.
Dimensions: H 6.75 in. Dm 9 in.
Dealer Location: St.Petersburg, FL
Orrefors "Crown" Heavy Crystal Bowl
Orrefors
Vintage 1970s Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
An interesting heavy crystal bowl by "Orrefors", Sweden. Signed with paper label.
Dimensions: H 20 in. Dm 5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Nils Landberg Orrefors Tulpanglas, 1957
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Decorative Objects
Nils Landberg 'Tulpanglas' designed in 1956, produced in 1957 by Orrefors. The delicately tinted glasses are blown as a single piece and incised with designer's and maker's marks. They ...
Dimensions: H 14 in. W 4 in. D 3 in.
Dealer Location: Brooklyn, NY
Orrefors Dusk Tall Vase by Nils Landberg
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Two elegantly tall, handblown glass vases designed by Nils Landberg in 1956 for Orrefors. A delicate, sultry example of Scandinavian modern table top elements. Hand etched signage on th...
Dimensions: H 12 in. Dm 2 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Nils Landberg Orrefors Expo Vase, 1950s
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Vases and Vessels
Glass
Orrefors Expo tulip vase designed by Nils Landberg. Signed. Nils Landberg (Swedish, 1907-1991)- Nils Landberg studied at the Konstindustrieskolen in Gotenborg from 1923 to 1925 and t...
Dimensions: H 9.5 in. W 4.5 in. D 1.75 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass, Sommerso
Nils Landberg Cased Glass Vase for Orrefors
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass, Sommerso
Circa 1950s smoked glass vase, cased within a clear layer by Nils Landberg for Orrefors of Sweden. Markings include [Orrefors NU 3595/2] etched to bottom. Very good vintage condition wi...
Dimensions: H 6.5 in. Dm 5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin 'Ariel' Art Glass Vase for Orrefor...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
An Orrefors 'Ariel' vase by Ingeborg Lundin, produced circa 1960s, in cobalt blue, cased within a clear layer, detailing abstract faces in profile. Markings include [Orrefors/ Ariel No....
Orrefors Vase
Dimensions: H 7.4 in. Dm 5.25 in.
Dealer Location: Long Island City, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Orrefors Vase
Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Ariel girl and dove vase by Edvin Öhrström for Orrefors of blue, silver and clear glass. Signed and dated.
Dimensions: H 15 in. Dm 12 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple ...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Sculptures
Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase, Mid 20th Century A sought after signature work by a leading Swedish female designer renowned for her innovative designs for glass...
Dimensions: H 15.5 in. Dm 12 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple ...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Blown Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase, Mid 20th Century A sought after signature work by a leading Swedish female designer renowned for her innovative designs for glass...
Dimensions: H 13.75 in. Dm 13.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple ...
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Organic Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Ingeborg Lundin for Orrefors, Swedish Glass Apple Vase, Mid 20th Century A sought after signature work by a leading Swedish female designer renowned for her innovative designs for glas...
Dimensions: H 13.75 in. Dm 13 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass
Orrefors Ingeborg Lundin Glass Apple Vase, 1957
Ingeborg Lundin, Orrefors
20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
Orrefors Ingeborg Lundin's "Apple" is a hand blown clear glass vase designed for Milan Triennial Exhibition in 1957. Orrefors believes this piece is one of the best illustrations of the...
Dimensions: H 10.5 in. Dm 7.5 in.
Dealer Location: Miami, FL
Materials & Techniques: Blown Glass
Three Rare Per Sundberg "Soft" Large Vessels for ...
Orrefors, Per B. Sundberg
Vintage 1980s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Blown Glass
Stunning blown satin glass vases by noted glass artist Per Sundberg called "Soft", circa 1989-1990 and created for Sweden's Orrefors. Beautiful satin finish with swirling colors on each...
Dimensions: H 4 in. Dm 5 in.
Dealer Location: Raleigh, NC
Materials & Techniques: Crystal
Exquisite Orrefors Crystal Bowl
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish American Classical Bowls and Baskets
Crystal
This bowl is made of crystal (its very heavy) and is a lovely Classic yet organic shape.
Dimensions: H 4 in. W 8 in. D 11 in.
Dealer Location: Raleigh, NC
Materials & Techniques: Crystal
Beautiful Orrefors Crystal Bowl, Signed and Number...
Orrefors
Late 20th Century Swedish Modern Bowls and Baskets
Crystal
This Orrefors art bowl is flower shaped, heavy and in perfect condition. It is signed and numbered on the bottom, and is probably by designer Lars Hellsten.
Dimensions: H 6 in. Dm 3.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Orrefors Six-Sided 'Graal' Vase by Edward Hald
Edward Hald, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
A thick, six-sided glass vase, produced circa 1950s-1960s by artist Edward Hald for Orrefors of Sweden, rendered using 'graal' technique (twice-blown), depicting seaweed and fish floati...
Dimensions: H 6.5 in. Dm 3.54 in.
Dealer Location: Basel, CH
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Swedish Glass Vase by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefor...
Orrefors, Vicke Lindstrand
Vintage 1930s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Wonderful "Stella Polaris" vase designed by Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors, manufactured in Sweden in the 1940s. The Stella Polaris series was introduced in 1939. The star-shaped diffusi...
Dimensions: H 15.25 in. Dm 4.75 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Tulip Vase by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, 1957
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Elegant "tulip" vase by Nils Landberg for Orrefors in grey smoke glass. Etched on bottom Orrefors Expo Nu 312-57.
Dimensions: H 4 in. W 9.75 in. D 6 in.
Dealer Location: Chicago, IL
Materials & Techniques: Crystal, Mahogany
Midcentury Swedish Mahogany Phone by Teli with Orr...
Orrefors, Teli
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Desk Accessories
Crystal, Mahogany
Midcentury Swedish Mahogany Phone by Teli with Orrefors Crystal
Tall Nils Landberg 'Tulip' Vases
Dimensions: H 14.5 in. Dm 5.75 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Tall Nils Landberg 'Tulip' Vases
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Two delicate and ethereal 'Tulpanglas' vases designed by Nils Landberg for Orrefors, produced circa 1957. The first, an especially tall and elongated form at 23" high, with rose-tinted ...
Dimensions: H 7 in. Dm 5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Gorgeous Mid-Century Modernist Handblown Vase by O...
Orrefors
Vintage 1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
A gorgeous Mid-Century Modernist handblown vase by Orrefors of Sweden. This piece is detailed with a very sophisticated pattern of "bubbles" throughout. A lovely decorative piece on its...
Dimensions: H 11.5 in. Dm 8 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Nils Landberg 'Sommerso' Smoked Charcoal Cased Vas...
Nils Landberg, Orrefors
Mid-20th Century Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
A Swedish vintage 'sommerso' glass vase, produced circa 1950's -60's by designer Nils Landberg (1907-1991) for Orrefors, with smoked charcoal interior, cased within a clear layer. Marki...
Dimensions: H 3 in. W 9.5 in. D 6 in.
Dealer Location: Washington, DC
Large Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors Art Glass Bowl...
Orrefors
Vintage 1970s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Bowls and Baskets
Large Vicke Lindstrand for Orrefors Art Glass Bowl, Sweden, C. 1940
Six Sided Fish Graal Art Glass Vase by Edvin Ohrst...
Edward Hald, Orrefors
Vintage 1950s Vases and Vessels
Heavy crystal six sided art glass piece in Graal technique, with internally decoration of fish and seaweed. Signed on bottom, Orrefors Graal 1102M Edward Hald. Made by Orrefors.
Dimensions: H 7 in. Dm 6.5 in.
Dealer Location: New York, NY
Materials & Techniques: Art Glass, Ash
Scandinavian Modern Art Deco etched glass vase by ...
Orrefors, Hugo Gehlin
Vintage 1930s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Art Glass, Ash
Scandinavian Modern Art Deco glass vase with etched design of stylized tree branches and circles. The vase is on a cone shaped foot in a transparent smokey ash colored glass. Designed b...
Ariel Art Glass Vase by Edvin Ohrstrom for Orrefor...
Orrefors, Edvin Öhrström
Vintage 1940s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Rare and early Orrefors vase in Ariel technique. Cut pattern in which air bubbles are introduced and layered with color and clear glass. Eight flattened sides. Signed and numbered at bo...
Ariel Bowl by Edvin Öhrström
Dimensions: H 2.75 in. W 5.25 in. D 5.25 in.
Dealer Location: Boston, MA
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Ariel Bowl by Edvin Öhrström
Orrefors, Edvin Öhrström
Vintage 1950s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vases and Vessels
Glass
Attractive bowl in the "Ariel" technique by Edvin Ohrstrom for Orrefors Sweden.
Dimensions: H 9 in. Dm 9 in.
Dealer Location: Hudson, NY
Large and Unique "Expo" Vase by Sven Palmqvist for...
Orrefors, Sven Palmqvist
Vintage 1950s Swedish Vases and Vessels
Orrefors Expo vases were all unique examples created expressly for expositions and competition, by Orrefors top artists. This example, while simple in form and color, is exceptional du...
Set of Orrefors Vase's
Dimensions: H 10 in. Dm 3 in.
Dealer Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Materials & Techniques: Glass
Set of Orrefors Vase's
Orrefors, Olle Alberius
Swedish Vases and Vessels
Glass
set of 3 Orrefors Vase's,designed by Olle Alberius 10"h x 3"dia.
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