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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I was immediately seduced by the shape of this Lindstrand jug. It's one of the oldest pieces of my collection since it dates from 1934, and the form has this characteristic optimism of an age which didn't know its imminent future. It is 15 cm high, 19 cm long and weighs 415 g. It reminds me some constructivist shapes of soviet or Bauhaus avantgarde but already has the roundness of Lindstrand's designs. The catalogue pictures shows it with the corresponding glasses (which I don't possess, alas). One of them is put on the beak of the jug. The jug is from the first period of glass designs by Lindstrand in the Thirties who then worked for Uppsala Ekeby as a ceramist and returned to his favorite material only in the late Fourties. The decanters for Kosta which I showed you here

    and here

    are from the beginning of this later period.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      OOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! STUNNING!!!

      Thankyou for sharing!!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      An Immaculate Piece!
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Wow, cobalt!!! This one's such a beauty!!! I had never seen it!
      You are completing a great lindstrand sction in your glass collection!
    4. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 9 years ago
      Dear Sean, vetraia, austro, hunter, racer and agh - thank you for loving it. Yes, it's a beauty! Lindstrand did so different things, he is really an interesting designer.
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      He's well known for his etched glass, but his shapes for decanters and vases are so good and unique! Look at your two decanters with the red stopper or this one!
    6. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 9 years ago
      I would like to see more of his early work. And more glass for use - later on he did more experimental works for his vases.
    7. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 9 years ago
      uhhh ahhh ooooooooooh... thats yummie delectable
    8. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 9 years ago
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      Your so right cobaltcobold!!! and your very welcome :)
    10. Locato Locato, 9 years ago
      Nice jug!
      I think it was made after Lindstrand left Orrefors Glassworks. Probably never produced in a big number, rare I'd say.
      Typography on the label indicates that the label hasn't got the same typography of any labels from the 1930s made by Orrefors.
      As we true admirers of Swedish Functionalism, also know , is the fact, that Sweden didn't have any copyright at all in the 1930s.
      In Gothenburg in the year 1936, architects and company affiliated of the designers Mart Stam and Anton Lorenz came to meet Swedens biggest Producer of precise copies of tubular furniture(A W Nilsson, Malmoe) that originally was legaly produced in Germany and France.
      A W Nilsson won in court in favor of 3 votes to 2, and and decision was read:
      "This sort of design doesn't have any higher artistic value".
      For you who still have the luck to read David Burke's great book about The Isokon Building, there is small connection to Sweden, not in that fine book, but to Marcel Breuer and Jack Pritchard. The furniture designer G A Berg, in Stockholm, had in the year 1937, the chance to sell Isokon furniture in Sweden. Just let me tell you in advance, that G A Berg, was the first authorized dealer of Alvar Aalto furniture in Sweden, let me also tell you that Alvar Aalto very quickly didn't want to have anything to do with G A Berg, as Aalto found out that G A Berg more or less copied The Masters models. Search "Sweden or G A Berg" in The Breuer Archive on The web and read the original correspondance between Breuer and Pritchard regarding the dunce G A Berg. I tell you what they didn't do, they didn't sue G A Berg, because Sweden didn't have copyright in the 1930s...
    11. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 9 years ago
      Hm, Locato, that is an interesting commentary. But what do you want to say me with it. That it is not by Vicke Lindstrand. That the label is a fake? But it seems really to be old. And how do you comment the catalogue picture? I am not enough a connoisseur of the Orrefors history to be sure of all that.
    12. Locato Locato, 9 years ago
      I'm just saying, that the jug is not from the 1930s, that the jug differ from the 1930s production, both in colour and and the form of the handle, in the 1930s Lindstrands jugs follows a more "puristic and super funtionalistic formsrelated to the circle". Label is not from the 1930s, I am a Swede and a funkis expert to the fundemental ground, I have studied the Swedish functionalism since 1989. Of course, 1940s production is considered "old" today. Please, have a look at my profile picture, that is Vicke Lindstrand, one year before(1935) , Alvar Aalto.
      With all the respect, it's a nice jug, it's absolutely designed by Vicke Lindstrand and label is original.
    13. Locato Locato, 9 years ago
      From another point of view, Lindstrand's case of an ateur and artist, follows the same destony of Aalto, both had ridiculous contracts signed, and in the end both iittala and Orrefors changed proportions and size of these true artists works in later production. Orrefors did this during the ten year period when Lindstrand was bound to contract to not design for any other glasswork. It's clear that both the liqour set, you have pictured and the jug "Mingus" appear in different versions from Orrefors affiliate company Sandvik Glassworks. Orrefors jugs in puristic style by Vicke Lindstrand and produced by Orrefors are allways signed, I have never seen or heard of a signed jug of Lindstrand' from the latter company.

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