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Red Orchid 8 1/2" Crystal Spire Paperweight-Sculpture /Signed-Numbered / Mats Jonasson-Maleras Glassworks /Circa 20th Century

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I found this beauty at Salvation this morning. Almost missed it because it was in the bottom of the jewelry case with a few other conventional paperweights. Not easy to see whats in there unless you are actually looking down from a distance. A large heavy 8 1/2" piece with a gorgeous deeply cut flower design cut into the angled portions of the back. Turn it to the front flat side and it becomes a 3D representation of a red orchid. I thought it was unmarked but as so often happens the etched signature was invisible until I got it home. It simply says MSweden 3819 for Maleras Glassworks Sweden. There might have been a clear Mat Jonasson label as well. Jonasson and Maleras still create many of these natural and fantasy floral weights today but this one is exceptional in my opinion. -Mike-

    Mats Jonasson (1945-Present) and Maleras Glassworks
    Biography Courtsey of

    Maleras glassworks was founded in 1890 and produced window glass. Folke Walwing, who started as a glass engraver at Maleras in 1924, became its director and led the company until 1970. Under his tenure the company also produced everyday glassware and art glass. In the 1930s, the company became a major supplier to the Swedish Cooperative Association. Mats Jonasson worked for Maleras from 1959 until 1969, when he went to work for Kosta. He returned to Maleras in 1975. He was made art director in 1981, the same year that the employees and a lot of the villagers in which the glassworks is based, bought the company from the Kosta. In 1988, Orrefors tried to purchase the company, and Jonasson then bought enough shares to fight of the hostile takeover. Since then, he is completely in charge at the company, being responsible for both the artistic and commercial side. Ingeborg Lundin also worked at Maleras from 1989 until 1991, after she left Orrefors. All art glass is marketed under the name Mats Jonasson Maleras. The company also produces glass jewellery. Designers who worked at the Maleras and Mats Jonasson Maleras glassworks include: Hannelore Deutler, Lisa Larsson, Marianne Westman, Erika Hoglund, Klas-Goran Tinbeck and Robert Ljubez.Orchid Red Flower Etched Crystal Sculpture by Mats Jonasson. This crystal art glass sculpture is a work of art with its hand made, hand etched exquisite detailing. The highly detailed etching and sparkling crystal makes this fine crystal piece come to life.

    About Mats Jonasson and Maleras Designers:

    Mats Jonasson had the talent as a designer that attracted attention early on, when he started work as an apprentice engraver at the Maleras glassworks in 1959. Over the next few decades he worked with many of the most respected contemporary glass artists in Sweden. During this period, he developed that natural style of his which he's since perfected.
    "Our forest have captured the hearts and minds of people since time immemorial," says Mats. Inspired by the natural world around him, he has opened his mind to create his distinctive masterpieces in the finest Swedish crystal. Nowadays, his art is represented all over the world.

    Erika Hoglund was born in Sweden in 1971 into a family of artists, where glass and design played an important role in everyday life. As a child she was fascinated by the teamwork that existed between the glassblower and the designer and what they could achieve by working together on glowing crystal. With this background and a fiercely independent and often world and fantastic streak of creativity, Erika has opened up completely new perspectives in what can be achieved in the medium of crystal.

    Robert Ljubez, after escaping the horrors of war in Bosnia, ended up in Sweden at the end of 1992. Experiences from engraving and drawing in combination with an artistic talent led to a job at the glassworks in 1996. At first, Robert Ljubez worked as an engraver, but he soon became Mats Jonasson's right hand man. Robert's time at Mats Jonasson Maleras has provided him with invaluable knowledge of the unexpected possibilities there are in working with crystal. A successful combination of curiosity and a great respect for the craftsmanship at Maleras has inspired him to create his own objects in crystal.

    Klas-Goran Tinback is a studio glass artist who's been tempted to return to the warmth of the glassworks after a couple of decades away. His collection represents a bold foray into the world of the glass artist.

    Tinback's works are on display at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Stockholm, the Rohsska Museum in Gothenburg and the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Berlin. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Brazil and the USA, as well as all over Europe.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Great search! And work of art :-))
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Kyra :).... I do enjoy the research as much as the find.
    3. melaniej melaniej, 6 years ago
    4. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      mikelv85 to me this is one of the prettiest paperweights that I personally have seen. You have been very lucky to have known or found all the information on this item. Best of luck in the future with your searches. Have a great day looking forward to seeing more
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much Zowie :)......yes. that was my first impression as well. What an amazing piece of glass and so reasonable priced too ! ; )
    6. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      It's my pleasure I love looking to see what great items everyone is picking up especially when they are at great prices sometimes I feel bad when something is so cheap but that soon passes when I realise how lucky I have been now to own it even if it's not worth thousands it's the article itself that I love. Now if it's to sell well that's different then I don't show or for a short time so others see then I remove the item.
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Well Ken I almost walked out without it. Not exactly in plain sight. Plus my friend wasn't there today to alert me to any new items that were put out. Right place at the right time definitely applies here. :)
    8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Sean :)
    10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Your very welcome Mikelv85!!!
    11. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Nice Mike!
      I saw one similar from Jonasson online recently and was tempted to buy it. So beautiful and different to much of his other work. I didn't because (believe it or not!) I am trying to be disciplined with my acquisitions....I've got a long way to go yet :(
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Karen :) know I completely understand about the restraint thing. I've really cut back myself. I just have way too much stuff but some things are just too nice to pass up. Believe me I could have one heck of an upscale rummage sale and then enjoy replacing it all with the money I made. :P
    13. Alan2310 Alan2310, 6 years ago
      Agree with Zowie, unusual paperweight and from Jonasson,
      even, better, great research as usual.
      I am like you, like do the research even more then the hunt.
      Well done my friend.
    14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      What a nice comment :)....Thanks so much Alan .
    15. Alan2310 Alan2310, 6 years ago
      You are more then welcome, mike.
      Happy hunt :-)
    16. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      It has such beautiful work within Mike! Great find!!
    17. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      What a lovely piece, Mike! You have a good eye to find that piece at an SA store. :)

      I wish I were as enthused about research as some of you are, lol. I do a lot of it and can't say I enjoy it! :)
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thank you Rick and Katherine :)'s even better when you actually see it up close !
    19. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Sweet ......and SWEETER with signature !!!!!
    20. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      It's really a beautiful piece Rose. Tiniest little nick to the back edge or would be perfect.

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