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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This is my latest find from the local Salvation Army store.
    I was debating whether my newly acquired bowl was Murano art glass -
    hand blown (I found something very similar on the internet) or the Scandinavian Free Form Oblong Bowl.
    The blue Scandinavian Free Form Oblong Bowl that I found on the internet was designed by Arthur Percy in 1952 and it is located in the Swedish Art Glass museum. The description and dimension of my bowl were identical to the Scandinavian bowl.
    The oblong shaped bowl is 10½” long, 4" at tallest point, and 7" at widest.
    The base of the bowl is polished flat with a half-moon polished pontil mark. Medium-weight bottom wear on base from years of surface contact.
    This is the website that I found:
    My bowl was possibly made by Bergdala, Sweden. Bergdala was a glasshouse founded in 1889, currently associated with Skruf and Svenska Glasbruk. It may have also been made by Holmegaard (Demark), however Holmegaard is usually signed. Circa 1960s. Swedish modern decor gained popularity in the late 1950s and is popular again today. The Swedish glass artists are best known for their nature based design with flowing curves.
    The 1950’s ushered in the worldwide ‘Swedish Modern’ décor craze. The style was clean and sleek with flowing curves and imaginative colors. The Swedish Modern style was imitated by glassworks from other countries, endured for decades.
    I have other art glass items from Sweden that I bought in the seventies.

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    1. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      Nice find. Ah, the name just left me...initials are LP. Nope , Per lutkin. So initials were PL! I may have even spelled it wrong...?
    2. Eli68, 4 years ago
      The name is Per Lutken. I believe he is Danish. He usually signs his pieces. Unfortunately my bowl is not signed.
    3. swfinluv1 swfinluv1, 4 years ago
      I have a soft spot for bowls in this shape! Another option is IKEA (made in China, I think). They've sold bowls like this in a variety of colors. The similar-looking Selandia bowls from Holmegaard are generally listed with round dimensions, not oblong. That doesn't necessarily mean it isn't Holmegaard but in the absence of a signature, I'd lean toward it coming from another maker.
    4. Eli68, 4 years ago
      Hi swfinluv1, thanks for bringing Ikea to my attention.
      Their business originated in Sweden. I think they started in 1940s as a mail order business and in the 1950s or 60s they started to open first stores - initially it was furniture and later on everything else.
      Since the free form oblong glass bowl was initially designed in Sweden in 1952 by Arthur Percy - I would not be surprised if Ikea copied his design.
      According to the info that I found on the internet just now, the Ikea bowls were made around 1970 in Sweden. Unfortunately, my bowl is not signed, so I will never know who made it.

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