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    Posted 7 years ago

    rebessin
    (114 items)

    Found this vase on glass auction in Hovmantorp yesterday. Strömbergshyttan, model number B918 from about 1958, and probably designed by Gunnar Nylund.
    Height 115 mm.
    Diameter 170 mm.
    Thick and heavy.
    Ametyst colored underlay x70.

    Asta Stromberg's Sputnik B895 from the same time period has also a space-theme and was inspired by the rockets that shot up the Russian Sputnik satellites. But I agree anyway Gunnar Nylund as more probable for the "flying saucer" design of this vase. It was also sold as a Gunnar Nylund glass piece. Most likely, it was designed already around 1956 but not launched until later.

    As I understand had Strömbergshyttan a large store of newly designed glass models by Gunnar Nylund. His contract expired at the end of the year 1956 and all he drew until that (from approx 1952/53) when he was basically in full-time activity, was not launched directly. Much came probably first few years after. I could imagine that featured models designed by Nylund 1956 or earlier, was launched until about 1959/60, which for vases means up to numberB972 .

    By Ricke/Gronerts book GLASS IN SCHWEDEN 1915-60 and its part 2 with product catalogs, one might conclude that it then came surprisingly few new models from Strömbergshyttan between 1959/60 and 1962. For example, states that the maximum number of vases 1959/60 is B972 , and highest vase number 1962 is B974 . Which means there will be only launched 2 new vase models in these years , which I think is remarkable. One explanation may be that they lived quite well on all that Gunnar Nylund designed before, but also a lot of Gerda Strömberg's classics and some new that Asta Stromberg designed by the late 1950s. She seems to have become more active in the design after that Nylund quit his full-time contract 1956/57. Also the fact that both Asta Stromberg's husband Eric, and her mother in law Gerda died in 1960, I think has affected. Asta got now alone take full responsibility for the company and certainly had both the sorrow and the administration to handle.

    From 1962-63 , more speed with new designs came, among others Rune Strand was engaged, and from at least 1967 onwards drew Nylund again some glass for Strömbergshyttan, now on a freelance basis. As I can see from some documents, I interpret that Nylund has not designed glass for Strömbergshyttan between the years 1957-66, but a lot of what he designed up to 1956/57, was launched first 1-3 years later. Hope that further research may reveal if my interpretation is correct ?

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      A spectacular piece of glass art, REBESSIN! Love the colours and optic effects!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      It is stunning, as are the photos.
    3. rebessin rebessin, 7 years ago
      Thanks vetraio, racer4four and lovers! Yes the colors and optic effects are spectacular. Glass can change appearence much, depending on light and how you place it. The Flying Saucer vase is a good example of this.
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Beautiful!!
    5. Gracay2004 Gracay2004, 7 years ago
      Beautiful vase, stunning photography, excellent taste as always.
      Regards William.
    6. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      YUMMY

      Purple !!!! Love your photos also!!
    7. rebessin rebessin, 7 years ago
      Thanks SEAN, Gracay, antiquerose and new lovers!
    8. VERONTIQUE VERONTIQUE, 7 years ago
      Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! It as a mystical look to it and I love that!
    9. ozmarty ozmarty, 7 years ago
      Stunning ...so striking
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Really outstanding! I love, love, love this vase!!
    11. rebessin rebessin, 7 years ago
      Thanks VERONTIQUE, ozmarty and austro! I'm happy to find this model among all the glass that was auctoned on Saturday. Also some other models by Nylund, Asta and Gerda Strömberg was auctioned, but this was the piece I found most interesting. Have only seen it in a catalog from about 1958 otherwise. I also has other news to tell. Asta Stromberg designed glass for Lindshammars glassworks after Strömbergshyttan taken over by Orrefors and closed in 1979. I have found drawings of her dated 1980-1984 and a brochure from Lindshammar with the same glass presented.
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      That's so very interesting :) Hope to see some of those pieces soon!!!
    13. pops52 pops52, 7 years ago
      Very beautiful!
    14. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 7 years ago
      that's really adorable
    15. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      This item ( and Pic ) are JUST STUNNING!!!!
    16. artislove artislove, 7 years ago
      trippin....!

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