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Posted 2 years ago

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rebessin
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Another one of the vases I bought online on New Year's sale. Unsigned and unknown author. A golden yellow and slender vase that makes me think of Strombergshyttan model B895, called Sputnik and designed by Asta Stromberg (not Gunnar Nylund or Gerda Stromberg what I know). However, the bottom ends higher on B895. Neither the length of this vase match exactly what is listed in Strombergshyttan catalogs for model B895. The vase is there 27cm in length, but this is 26. But I have seen examples of the B895 which was +/- 1cm. In all cases, the bottom line width exactly match to the width specified to B895.

I would think that this vase may be a second-class glass (but it's difficult to say), that also comes out on the market? Something that may indicate it is so, is the golden yellow color. It seems to fit rather well with Strombergshyttans X73 Golden- yellow. In the last picture above:
The left glass - a Strombergshytttan original in color X73 Golden-yellow. The right glass - this vase.
Note that the glass with the original color is slightly thicker, and therfore a little bit darker. Otherwise the same nuance.

I have not found any similar vases in the catalogs I have from Kosta and Orrefors, but probably was similar models made in other glassworks. The fact it's unsigned may still indicate that it could be a second-class B895 from Strombergshyttan? The glass has some air bubbles and dirt, the bottom goes further down and the walls are a bit thinner than the original model. The blower who blew up the glass might have taken too much air (also too little glass) and when the master then drove it out, the walls and the bottom became a little bit thin in comparison to the original? That's my theory. Do you have other information about this vase, I will be pleased.

A thing to mention is that during the short session I worked at Strombergshyttan in the mid- 1970s, was my work including heating in these models of Sputnik vases for master blower Arne Abrahamsson in his foundry team. And therefore I know that all was not perfect, and not a few was probably sold as second-class items in the factory store. I also know that these Sputnik-vases continued in production at Orrefors glassworks after 1979, when Strombergshyttan closed down (Orrefors bought Strombergshyttan in 1976 after bankruptcy, and shut down production there in 1979). So maybe you can find this kind of vase with an Orrefors sticker on, who knows?

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  1. kisslikeether kisslikeether, 2 years ago
    Smålandshyttan & Åseda also made this form & those pieces are unsigned. So there is another avenue to investigate :)
  2. inky inky, 2 years ago
    Love the shape and simplicity of it...:-)
  3. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    Thanks kisslikeether and inky!
    I will check about Smalandshyttan and Aseda.
  4. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    Inner bottom depth, height and thickness of the wall pointing more at Smalandshyttan. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tall-Purple-Torpedo-Vase-Designed-By-Josef-Schott-for-Smalandshyttan-Sweden-/251196600593?nma=true&si=IQrdo2JNmFzWV%2B4Ngw%2F2iu0es9o%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
    But the total thickness and the form/shape relative to the length (proportions) and color, pointing at Strombergshyttan. I must investigate this some more. I don't know if Aseda did similar vases in this technique (sommerso completely finished with "drive" technique in the foundry)? Did'nt they blow all their similar vases in forms, and then post processing of the top?
  5. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    The clear crystal in the glass resembles neither Aseda or Strombergshyttan. They are slightly brighter/cleaner. I will compare a glass with colored underlayer from Smalandshyttan (which I'm waiting for), and may return after that.
  6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    So this is the Sputnik vase! I've always wanted one -and in fact I won one on auction, but the seller couldn't find it at his store -said he probably sold it before even listing it for auction... at least got my money back!)

    Smålandshyttan? I've run into several Smålandshyttan vases and smoking set at the moment and so far it seems they made a living out of Strömbergshyttan's ideas... am I too wrong about it?
  7. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    The original and first class Sputnik has little thicker walls and thicker bottom, otherwise the same form/shape as this one. Produced in varying lengths and with colors in the underlay. Even in clear crystal with no color underlay.
  8. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    I have the same thoughts as you. Smalandshyttan got ideas from Strombergshyttan. Others who did the same: Antonio Da Ros in the 1960s, many models like Gunnar Nylund sommerso glass from 1950s.
  9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    "Mine" was a real one... :( it was about 37 cm tall, in the traditional light blue glass and signed! http://www.todocoleccion.net/violetero-diseno-escandinavo-firmado-numerotado~x32347551 I felt so disappointed about it!
  10. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    Maybe I might have been involved in producing that one, austrohungaro?:) I helped the masterblower to "warm in" many B895 in clear blue crystal, when I worked at Strombergshyttan in the mid-1970s. We did up to 42cm length!
  11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    Woooooooow!!! :) In that case I may one day have one of those you helped to make. I intend to get one of these in a near future" :) 42cm!!! Those must look amazing!!!
  12. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    I look at the mid 1970's list price for B895 42cm : 15 USD.
    Don't think you get them for that price today, he he...

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