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Vintage Maleras Crystal Neodymium Signed Polar Bear Figurine

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This is a present for My oldest. I would love to find out the maker or origin. This was with a seller that had a lot of Murano pieces. Any and all help would be grateful. Thanks for looking

    Found out it was a Scandinavian piece.

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I know how to say polar bear is French & Spanish, but it has kind of limited conversational use here in the tropics. LOL!!
    2. swfinluv1 swfinluv1, 7 years ago
      I really like the clean lines and shapes of some of the Walwing figurines. And the alexandrite color on this one is lovely!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      I have a Mats Jonasson Red Orchid Spire paperweight I posted a while back Lee. He is a sculpture/designer for Maleras glass works. I believe the poplar bears were designed by Folke Walwing the founder of Maleras . Here's what I researched about Maleras while looking up my piece. -Mike- :)

      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.

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