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KNUT BERGQVIST10 of 12Early GRAAL tankard glass, Knut Bergqvist Orrefors 1916.Vase, selter glass and pencil drawings - Knut Bergqvist, Edward Hald, Orrefors 1918.
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rebessin
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Shot glass, height 8 cm.
Liqueur glass, height 10,2 cm.
Sherry Glass height 9,7 cm.
Decanter, height 35 cm.

This tableware is designed and blown by my grandfather Knut Bergqvist at Lindefors Glassworks approximately 1928 - 1931 (later renamed Strömbergshyttan). Bergqvist would, after his time at Orrefors 1914-28, buy Nybro glassworks together with his nephew Eugene Bergqvist. But his childhood friend from Kosta, Axel Traff, persuaded the two to become his partner and restart/renovate Lindefors Glassworks instead, which he had bought a few years erlier. Traff was also the owner of "Mjolby Kristallsliperi" and part of the glass produced at Lindefors went to Mjolby for grinding/polishing/cutting. But they also cut/grinded a lot of glass in Lindefors. For this, they recruited four talented grinders from Kosta.

Knut Bergqvist was during the years 1928-1931, designer, production leader and masterblower at Lindefors. Nephew Eugene Bergqvist worked with the administration and was a salesman. Among the glass objects Bergqvist designed at Lindefors is this incredibly thin dinnerware in a golden nuance. I have a decanter, sherry, liqueur and shot glasses.

Some "self-styled" glass experts at auction houses in Sweden, still live in the notion that Knut Bergqvist could not draw or design glass. These have unfortunately had too much influence on the "knowledge" of Swedish glass history. For myself of course, I try instead to look att facts rather than myths. This applies particularly to the history of the creation of graal technique, and who designed graal glasses at Orrefors in the early years. But it is another story that I can tell you more about later.

Now you can instead enjoy these beautiful Bergqvist-glass, designed and produced sometimes between 1928 - 1931. No, "Bergqvist could not design glass at all"! What do you say abot these worlds, pronounced by an expert hired by a large Swedish auction house, when he was confronted of facts indicating that the glasses be auctioned off was designed by Knut Bergqvist?

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Elegant glass!
    My father always told me: "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing."
    I've always tried to learn more from objects.
    Collecting can lead to new levels of understanding.
    These experts just need to be more open to new ideas.


  2. rebessin rebessin, 2 years ago
    The example of the vase/sculpture from Flygsfors
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/80031-flygsfors-flamingo-by-viktor-berndt?in=user
    shows well that those who call themselves experts can not always be trusted? Bukowski did go on the bluff and auctioned off the vase as a Lindstrand object, manufactured at Kosta. Completely wrong they were there.

    The person spoke on my grandfather's ability to design glass, no longer seems to be so active. But there are a few left who still find it difficult to stand out from the myths, and instead go to the facts that are known (if you take the time to look them up).
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    It's a great set!!! I specially like the decanter... well, and the colour.
  4. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 2 years ago
    This stopper ist incredible. And one of the most elegant champagne cups I've ever seen.

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