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Posted 5 years ago


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A.D. Copier a so called DIKWAND signed A.D. Copier AB 137 ( 1950)
9 cm high and 16 cm in diameter, glass is 4 to 5 cm thick.
Colorless glass with white crackle ( in the birds hard to photograph )and blue glass powder and metal oxide bubbles with relief of 3 birds of trapped airbubbles

DIKWAND discription

From 1937 Copier added figurative decorations to his work
in the same periode at orrefors designer edvin Ohrstrom made his first figurative vases These Ariels are simular to the figurative works by Copier However the manufacturing technique is enterily different Copier had animal and plant figures stamped into the hot glass bubble in 'negative relief 'by means of strip-iron stamps these could be individual stamps like a branding iron ,but an overall patern could be achieved by blowing the glass into an open hinged,square wooden box with stamps fixed onto his sides .After this each imprint was covered with a layer of colorless glass so that airbubbles would be trapped beneath the service the entyre piece was then made smooth and covered with a thick layer of clear glass.
In the finished product the relief was quite vissible not only due to the air bubbles but also because the relief was generally covered with a layer white crackle before or after the imprint process in adition to the crackle glass powders and metal oxides were uses as well as layers of colored glass burst open in many places Producing these pieces was a complicated matter and a entyre crew was needed to make one single piece. Generally they were so big that the furnace had to be enlarged for each session The pieces were cooled down very slowly in a coke-stoked annealing furnace which could hold about 12 pieces at a time.

These pieces are called dikwanden in the netherlands some are 60 cm high and weight 90 kilo I could never afford a big one I have seen one large one in 1990 for 25000 USD

But I managed to get a beautiful small one with bird imprints

it is a great piece, There is a collector of DIKWANDEN when he visits he always takes it in his hands and holds it till he leaves again

Sorry for the long story

for the true lovers
it has 580 leerdam unica listed


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    A beautiful vase. Congratulations on this find!
    So, 'Dikwand' = "Graal"?
  2. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    this bowl weights 3.1 kilo and i have graal's from other artists that are not that heavy
    so not all graals have to be thick
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Dikwand = thick walled.
    You are correct Ariel is the English term used these days.
    Is this one signed Unica?
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Your description tells us of a hot-worked technique. 'Dikwand' is a new term for me at least. Copier was a great innovator.
    Another term used is Thalatta. Ariel, Graal and Thalatta are all Swedish terms to describe the work of their masters: Edward Hald, Ohrstrom etc.

    "Thalatta is similar to the Ariel glass developed at Orrefors in all but one important respect. Thalatta is made with hot glass whereas Ariel is cooled, then engraved."

    "For an Ariel piece, on the other hand, the glass is cooled then engraved, then reheated and covered in more layers of glass. The engraving creates a layer of air in a pattern - a bubble - between the thick layers. "
  5. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    this is a unica AB-137
    dikwand is a named only used for the copier pieces A collector of these i know speakes about dikwand when he means his Copier pieces and of graal or ariels when he talks about his swedish pieces ( he collects both)
  6. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    some have birds ,fish,seahorses ,waterplants ,deer,people and flowers imprinted
  7. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago kom met ingedrukte motieven van zeewier en vissen.& this another example from 1942
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks vlkma238412. There's an interesting group of Leerdam on Pinterest:
  9. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    if anyone is interested i have a 40 minute file of peter bremers ( a dutch glass artist )
    making graals ( the graals are made the same way as the ariels cooled then worked and then reheated and multiple layers are then apllied each piece is made by a hole team of people)at the neil wilkin studio in Britain Most of it is english spoken
    if anyone is interested ill find a filesharing programm that accepts it
  10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    Love it. At some point it remind me of our Lundin Ariel with horses :)
  11. hartogg, 5 years ago
    Hi great vase, I have bought a similar one last year:

    And this one 13,7 kg three weeks ago:
  12. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    both are great pieces really like the 1943 piece and the other one from 1950 according to leidelmeijer the ones with figurative imprints where made from 1937 to 1950 are you dutch
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Me too, please!
  14. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    i managed to get the size of the dvd down to a 837 MB vob file that can be played with vlc player, is there any filesharing site that has your prefrence.
  15. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    havent managed to get a mediafire acc yet. i will later this weak .
    did make a rapidshare link dont know how fast it is
  16. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    scandinavian_pieces and vetraio50 did you manage to get the file from rapidshare or should i upload it to mediafire
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Hi vlkma! I am not able to download rapidshare. Thank you for your trouble. I will pass on it.
  18. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    also made i mediafire link
    perhaps that works beter
    i will also post a peter bremers graal made at the neil wilkins studios ( when i get the color right )

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