Starting with the production of milk bottles and jam jars at a former ironworks in the Swedish province of Smaland, the groundwork was laid for what was to become a world-famous art glassworks of sweeping scope. In the centennial volume Orrefors: A Century of Swedish Glassmaking the tale of Orrefors is told by Dag Widman and Jan Brunius, each taking on half a century of glass art, from 1898 to 1998. Gunnel Holmer describes the craft of the blowing room and shops: the gatherers, gaffers, pots, and tank furnaces. Four ...
Starting with the production of milk bottles and jam jars at a former ironworks in the Swedish province of Smaland, the groundwork was laid for what was to become a world-famous art glassworks of sweeping scope. In the centennial volume Orrefors: A Century of Swedish Glassmaking the tale of Orrefors is told by Dag Widman and Jan Brunius, each taking on half a century of glass art, from 1898 to 1998. Gunnel Holmer describes the craft of the blowing room and shops: the gatherers, gaffers, pots, and tank furnaces. Four international glass experts approach Orrefors' history from diverse viewpoints. Gillian Naylor shows how Orrefors became a symbol of Modernism and a model for the successful coupling of art and industry in Great Britain. Jonathan Sweet tells a similar tale from Australia. Derek E. Ostergaard has studied how Orrefors was introduced in the U.S. and Helmut Ricke describes how Orrefors developed an artistic approach that inspired the rest of Europe. Two photographers were given special assignments: Denise Grunstein captures the spirit of the glassworks in her evocative photos and Vince Reichhardt takes an innovative approach to photographing the beauty of glass.
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Near Fine in Very Good jacket. 256 pages. Hardcover, bound in maroon colored cloth covered boards and wrapped in an illustrated paper dustjacket. Mild shelfwear rubbing to the covers of the dustjacket, with some shelfwear along the edges. Else, the binding is tight and solid, the edges and corners of the boards are sharp, and the interior is clean and free of markings. Texts in English. Lavishly illustrated.
255pp. Quarto [33 cm] Dark red paper over boards with a black ink stamped title on the spine, and a small embossed design on the front cover. Very good. The top fore edge corners of the covers are heavily bumped, and the spine ends and bottom fore edge corners of the covers are gently bumped. The dust jacket is in very good condition, with mild rubbing and scratching. There are a handful of small closed tears along the edges and folds. The longest closed tear is 1" long. Contributors include Dag Widman, Jan Brunius, Helmut Ricke and others. From the dust jacket-"It started with the manufacture of jam jars and ink bottles at a former ironworks in the forests of Smaland. From these beginnings, forward-looking management built a world-famous art glassworks of sweeping scope-from grand showpieces to everyday ware. To this end, they took on artists and secured the finest craftspeople. With the Paris Exposition of 1925 came international acclaim. The engraved glass in particular and utilitarian ware too captured the imagination of the world, coming to symbolise 'more beautiful everyday objects' and 'Swedish Grace. ' Today, glass signed by Edward Hald and Simon Gate has a special attraction for collectors the world over."
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