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Posted 5 years ago


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Here's a little beauty I picked up off the web as I've never seen a piece by Åseda like this before - fully signed 'Åseda B20/30 -D110' JJ or FJ.

Åseda Glasbruk ran from 1947 until 1977 (bought by Royal Krona Group in 1975 before their bankruptcy).

I'm wondering if there is a 'new' glass studio in the town of Åseda that this is from or the old factory.

Any suggestions gratefully received!

Mystery Solved


  1. kisslikeether kisslikeether, 5 years ago
    Nybro makes similar items but they are molded not engraved like this on & as far as I am aware they are unsigned. Here's the horses from their current range!
  2. kisslikeether kisslikeether, 5 years ago
    Matts Jonasson is undoubtedly the King of Animal engravings I have a couple of Panda's & a Polar Bear by him. The quality of this one id up there though the engraving is very fine!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    The Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) is continually evolving.
    Maybe this is a transitional piece?

    The form itself reminds me of Royal Krona and the scenic moulding and engraving suggest Mats Jonasson.
    "In 1973 Skruf, Gullaskruf, Åseda and Björkshult glassworks formed a common sales company in order to increase exports. In 1975, together with Målerås Glassworks, they formed the Royal Krona group, which went bankrupt after two years. In 1978 Skruf was bought by Kosta Boda AB, but it was shut down by them in 1980."

    "The Mats Jonasson glassworks began as Maleras glassworks, which was founded in 1924 in Sweden. Folke Walwing began working at Maleras in 1924, and was art director until 1970. Mats Jonasson began working at Maleras in 1959. In 1969 he left to work at Kosta, coming back to Maleras in 1975. In 1965, Maleras became part of the Flygsfors group, and then joined the Royal Krona group in 1974. Kosta Boda took over in 1977, and in 1981, the employees of Maleras bought the company and ran it themselves. In 1988 Mats Jonasson took over the company and became managing director and cheif designer. The company is still in production today, under the name Mats Jonasson Maleras."

    This is a really nice piece. kisslikeether!

  4. rebessin rebessin, 5 years ago
    Hi kisslikeether! I think I can solve the mystery for you. In 1974 Aseda get in the group Royal Crona as told before. Then I think production like this was made in Aseda. The engraver Jim Jonsson (JJ) at Strombergshyttan started the same year his own firm and studio, where he spent several years working as engraver on a freelance basis for many larger glassworks, for example the Royal Crona Group. The motif resembles a lot of the polar bear motifs that was developed at Strombergshyttan in the 1960's by Rune Strand and during the time Jim Jonsson worked as an engraver there. I think this is a Jim Jonsson's self-composed polar bear motif and therefore, he has also put his signature on this glass block from Aseda.
  5. rebessin rebessin, 5 years ago
    From Jim Johnssons website: "1974, I felt the time was right to open my own studio and engraving workshop. I engraved on a freelance basis for several of the larger Glassworks. Bergdala, Aseda, Royal Crona and Skruf Glassworks, to name a few."
    Use google translate from swedish to what ever you want, and you can read the history about Jim Jonsson here:
    Especially in menu bar "Jim's own words," is interesting reading.

    I think you can mark this post as a solved mystery kisslikeether.
  6. rebessin rebessin, 5 years ago
    I think Jim became one of the best glass engravers we have ever had in Sweden. But nowdays he can't engrave anymore because due to worn out wrists and fingers. One of his famous works is the gigantic (60cm) glass bowl Asta Stromberg donated to the White House in Washington, and whose motives consists of all the U.S. states flowers. If you are familiar with Mr. Obama maybe you can see it if you get invited to the White House ;)? Otherwise, look at Jim Johnssons page, under CV. There is small pictures of Jim att work with the engavings and the complete bowl, produced at Strombergshyttan in the early 1970s. It is not only a complicated craftmanship to engrave it, but also a very difficult job to blow such a large (60cm diameter) bowl to clean quality and uniform thickness. It requires a skilled masterblower and Stromberg foundry had masters who managed those works. I believe Kjell Andersson has blown this bowl. A picture of him here:

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