Tue, 23rd Jun 2020 10:00

Mid-Century Design - Live Online

Lot 389


An Orrefors 'Äpplet' vase

An Orrefors 'Äpplet' green glass vase,
designed by Ingeborg Lundin, designed in 1955, inscribed 'Orrefors Expo 32-57 Ingeborg Lundin',
37cm high

For the nearly thirty years between 1947 and 1971, that Ingeborg Lundin designed glassware for Sweden's Orrefors glassworks, her designs were prized for their originality, simplicity and grace. Founded in 1898, Orrefors originally manufactured bottles, window glass, and tableware. In 1914, the firm started to produce cut crystal, and by 1925 had become internationally renowned for its engraved art glass. By the late 1940s, the young Lundin and her contemporaries at Orrefors and other Scandinavian glassworks were developing new forms that expressed the spirit of a softer, organic type of modernism.

In 1955, Lundin designed the Apple (Äpplet) vase for the Helsingborg 1955 Exhibition, a world’s fair dedicated to modern design. The simple transparent form of her Apple vase is a beautiful luminous shape that needs no ornamentation. The slightly imperfect sphere, topped by a thick-walled cylindrical neck reminiscent of an apple’s stem, relies on the play of light on and in the colourless glass itself. The form exploits the transparency of glass exceptionally well. When shown at the Milan Triennale of 1957, the Apple vase won a gold medal. Produced in both clear and light green transparent glass, it is the best known of Lundin’s designs for Orrefors.

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Sold for £2,300

Condition Report
The vase is in good condition with no evidence of damage. The base is inscribed and image in the extra images.



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Auction: Mid-Century Design - Live Online, Tue, 23rd Jun 2020

Sworders are delighted to bring our first Mid-Century Design online sale to you on Tuesday 23rd June. The sale encompasses furniture, works of art, graphic art, Studio ceramics and lots more!



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