Posted 4 years ago
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: http://retroartglass.com/product/swedish-modern-glass-bergdala-form-oblong-bowl/
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.