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Scandinavian Modernist Axe Heads 'Dusk' Series by Nils Landberg for Orrefors

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Nils Landberg design for Orrefors. We are offering a collection of three ‘Axe’ Heads in black smoked glass dated 1956-1957 These pieces are in demand and highly collectible, a good potential investment and a fine example of Scandinavian Modernism. Landberg was born in May 1907 and was a reknowned Swedish glass artist. He studied at the Handicraft Society School in Gothenburg. These pieces were part of his body of work at Orrefors Glassworks in Sweden from 1927-1972 Other possible categories Bauhaus, Brutalist, Space Age. The three pieces are signed Large vase/sculpture x 2 Height 24 cms, width at widest point 12 cms 0.754kgs Small vase/sculpture Height 17cms, width at widest point 9 cms 0.410 kgs.

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  • Condition
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 9.45 in. x W 4.73 in. x D 1.19 in.H 24 cm x W 12 cm x D 3 cm
  • Seller Location
    Halstead, GB
  • Sold As
    Set of 3
  • Reference Number
    LU4611114242962
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About Orrefors (Manufacturer)

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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