Posted 10 years ago
Shot glass, height 8 cm.
Liqueur glass, height 10,2 cm.
Sherry Glass height 9,7 cm.
Decanter, height 35 cm.
This tableware is designed and blown by my grandfather Knut Bergqvist at Lindefors Glassworks approximately 1928 - 1931 (later renamed Strömbergshyttan). Bergqvist would, after his time at Orrefors 1914-28, buy Nybro glassworks together with his nephew Eugene Bergqvist. But his childhood friend from Kosta, Axel Traff, persuaded the two to become his partner and restart/renovate Lindefors Glassworks instead, which he had bought a few years erlier. Traff was also the owner of "Mjolby Kristallsliperi" and part of the glass produced at Lindefors went to Mjolby for grinding/polishing/cutting. But they also cut/grinded a lot of glass in Lindefors. For this, they recruited four talented grinders from Kosta.
Knut Bergqvist was during the years 1928-1931, designer, production leader and masterblower at Lindefors. Nephew Eugene Bergqvist worked with the administration and was a salesman. Among the glass objects Bergqvist designed at Lindefors is this incredibly thin dinnerware in a golden nuance. I have a decanter, sherry, liqueur and shot glasses.
Some "self-styled" glass experts at auction houses in Sweden, still live in the notion that Knut Bergqvist could not draw or design glass. These have unfortunately had too much influence on the "knowledge" of Swedish glass history. For myself of course, I try instead to look att facts rather than myths. This applies particularly to the history of the creation of graal technique, and who designed graal glasses at Orrefors in the early years. But it is another story that I can tell you more about later.
Now you can instead enjoy these beautiful Bergqvist-glass, designed and produced sometimes between 1928 - 1931. No, "Bergqvist could not design glass at all"! What do you say abot these worlds, pronounced by an expert hired by a large Swedish auction house, when he was confronted of facts indicating that the glasses be auctioned off was designed by Knut Bergqvist?