Posted 7 years ago
I need a little help with identifying this pitcher that I found in Sweden.
It reminds me enormously of Vicke Lindstrand's series "Iced" ("Isat" in Swedish), which he developped at Orrefors around 1935 and onwards. According to the production catalogues I found in the book by Ricke & Thor (Swedish Glass Factories. Production Catalogues. p. 113 ff.), the series contained a broad range of different objects: Bowls, vases, serving dishes, ashtrays,... All of them seem to be mold blown to me.
But nowhere in the catalogues, not even later on, I can find this pitcher, which must be a free form hand-blown piece. The type of this pitcher is rather a 50ies or maybe late 40ies design and not so much a 30ies' shape.
The pitcher stands 21cm high and is unmarked. The bottom shows a ground polished pontil. On the third picture you can see an enlargement of the acid treated, "icy" surface.
Is this an Orrefors piece by Lindstrand, is it Orrefors at all? I'll be grateful for any hints!
The mystery seems to be as good as solved! I posted the same question regarding this pitcher in a Swedish forum, and thanks to a Swedish lady I now am pretty sure that this pitcher was made at the Johansfors glassworks. A link she posted in her answer shows drinking glasses with the same surface. The form suited very well the pitcher, and it had the Johansfors stickers on.
But please note: This is just my deduction. As long as I don't come across an ad or a catalogue showing the pitcher, or simply the same pitcher carrying the sticker, I can't say where it is from. And so far I know nothing about who designed it. So if anyone out there can add further information to this half-solved mystery, I'll be very grateful!