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STAR decanter (1703) and matching glasses (1014), Tamara Aladin (Riihimáki lasi, 1963)

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Scandinavian Art Glass903 of 1400Vase, selter glass and pencil drawings - Knut Bergqvist, Edward Hald, Orrefors 1918.Strombergshyttan goblet, liqueur/sherry and shot glass from late 1970's.
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Posted 5 years ago


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This decanter belongs to the STAR series that Tamara Aladin designed in 1963. It is very special with its red ball stopper and also because of the tiny bubbles texture, but this was the cause this series was produced for a very short period of time: mixing glass and soda to create bubbles proved difficult to produce, as the bubbles made by the soda in the glass varied too much in size and the different pieces wouldn't be of even quality.

I got this set from Finland, and the very best thing about it is that I just bought thew decanter and when opened the package found the two glasses as an extra gift from the seller. Wasn't he sweet? :)


  1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    Thanks Bellin! Also thanks to Greatsnowyowl!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    You certainly lucked in with the glasses, austro!
    Wonderful stopper and just love the set!
  3. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 5 years ago
    Amazing. Very beautiful. And the first time I see it. Where do you know its history from?
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    from he RIIHIMÄEN LASIA book , of course! It's become my glass byble about the factory and Tamara Aladin :)
  5. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 5 years ago
    Dear austro,
    this one?
    Does it exist in English? Or is your Finnish sufficient to read it?
  6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    That one! ;) It is a bilingual book. Otherwise I'd be unable to understand a thing :D
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Could you please speak to us on the peculiar 'finish' of the glass fabric itself? (No pun intended here! :) Thank you!
  8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    The decanter and glasses, not the stopper, all totally covered in bubles. You can feel them when touching the inside of the glasses, but not when you touch the outside surface... I guess another layer of glass was added although I'm familar with the glass process so I am not sure how it could be done.

    Looking at all the other bubble glass I've got (Sargasso by Kaj Franck and that of Erik Höglund), all bubbles are pretty irreglar in shape and size. It doesn't happen in Tamara Aladin's Star series. My guess is that they rejected every item with an irregular texture... imagino how expensive it can be to a factory!
  9. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 5 years ago
    So, you possess a beautiful error of evolution.
  10. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Thanks much, austrohungaro!!! I thought it looked like a rather novel finish. : )
  11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    Well... not an error of evolution. In case of being an error the ones to blame would be Tamara Aladin herself and above all the factory which put into prodution something that proved too expensive and difficult... In this case I'd say I possess a survivor. or one of the chosen few :)
  12. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 5 years ago
    @austrohungaro. You are right. And I would be happy to find another one!
  13. vlkma238412 vlkma238412, 5 years ago
    A superb set, love the shape and the contrast between the bold red stopper and the bubbled textured skin.
  14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    Thanks vlkma! I think that's the most striking thing of all in this set, even if the red stoppers are to be found just on the decanters' stoppers. There are other pieces (such as a lidded jar) that only use the textured clear surface.
  15. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    It's like they are always filled with champagne! And a cherry on top!
  16. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    LOL, that's a nice way to see it, Amber :)
  17. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 years ago
    Thanks for your love MARTY and HO2CULTCHA!!!

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