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Scandinavian Art Glass289 of 1458tamara aladin x seriePurple Vase by Kastrup Glas
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I'm happy to share my stunning new arrival from Sweden. The design code and date code both point to 1941, meaning that she is an early copy of this Gate design. The engraver was Arthur Diessner, who also engraved the Javanese dancers and the Josephine Baker vase. The signature S. Gate is also at the bottom of her skirt; I've never seen that before. Oh, and by the way, she's big! 35 cm tall and weighing more than 4.5 kg. Wow. I count myself lucky to be her guardian for a bit of time.

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Something always happens when I see something I want so bad and my heart sinks as it did when I saw this. Extremely beautiful, she dances forever inside the glass !~
    2. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      She is divine.
      Congratulations on such a special Gate piece.
    3. jensilvermath jensilvermath, 6 years ago
      @PhilDMorris, when I'm gone, you can visit her at the Swedish American Historical Museum in Philadelphia, where she will dance forever. (In February, they will open a new exhibit with other pieces I have already donated and some truly exquisite pieces already held in their collection.)
    4. jensilvermath jensilvermath, 6 years ago
      @racer4four Thank you. She came to me because she was filled with small scratches; I have polished many of them out, but I think her restoration is not quite finished. More work after the holidays...
    5. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Thanks Jen, she really is that amazing !
    6. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
      Wow one of the most beautiful pieces I have seen ! and love Phil's remark that she will dance forever in the glass :-)
    7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
    8. Garioki, 3 years ago
      Arthur Diessner seems to have been the person of choice for personal items engraved from photographs, I have a vase with the engraving on the base "Orrefors 1937 AD" and on one of the vase faces (The vase is a trapezoid shape, 19 cm height, 14 cm square at the top, 9.3 cm at the base) is the best engraving I have ever seen, of a short haired red setter and the inscription "Ginge" underneath. It's almost lifelike...
      As was this vase shown here, it's almost certainly a one of by their best realistic engraver for a high ticket item from a photo.
      This vase (Not mine) is "erotique", a European style that was highly in vogue before WW2. Personalised/One offs designs are rather rare, and would have cost a fortune at the time. I contacted Orrefors many years ago, shortly after I had purchased it (It was a love buy, as are all my purchases, not a profit buy, which explains why I still have it :p) and they said it was not a normal Orrefors vase shape, so might have been made for that singular item.
      Anyway, nice to see this Orrefors dancer vase :)

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