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On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Fuga 1

Stacking Bowl
1954 (designed), 1954-73 (made), (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Sven Palmqvist first had the idea about producing a series of bowls using a new technique involving a rotating mould in 1934. In 1943 the first tests were caried out using a hand-driven spinning machine, which spun the glass into shape. The series first launched under the name 'Fuga' in 1954 and it remained in production at Orrefors, unchanged, until 1973. The Fuga series was awarded a Grand prix at the Milan Triennial of 1957.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleFuga 1 (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Colourless glass spun in a centrifugal machine
Brief description
Stacking bowl 'Fuga' made of clear colourless glass, designed by Sven Palmqvist and first produced in 1954, Sweden, Orrefors
Physical description
Bowl in colourless glass, marked fuga: ORREFORS
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 16.2cm (Note: Measured by hand)
  • Height: 9.5cm (Note: Measured by hand)
Marks and inscriptions
fuga: ORREFORS (Moulded mark under the base)
Credit line
Given by Jonas Palmqvist and his sister Maria Silfverhielm
Object history
According to the donor, who is the son of Sven Palmqvist, his father brought some of this set of seven stacking bowls back from the (Orrefors) factory. The others were collected at a later date by Jonas's sister.
Summary
Sven Palmqvist first had the idea about producing a series of bowls using a new technique involving a rotating mould in 1934. In 1943 the first tests were caried out using a hand-driven spinning machine, which spun the glass into shape. The series first launched under the name 'Fuga' in 1954 and it remained in production at Orrefors, unchanged, until 1973. The Fuga series was awarded a Grand prix at the Milan Triennial of 1957.
Bibliographic references
  • Scandinavian modern design, 1880-1980 / Cooper-Hewitt Museum ; David Revere McFadden, general editor, New York (Abrams) 1982, pp. 166-167, cat. 187
  • Modern glass, 1890-2000 : catalogue of the collection / by Jørgen Schou-Christensen, with contributions by Tove Bendtsen, Copenhagen] : Danish Museum of Decorative Art, 2002, p. 80, cat. 53
Other number
9624 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession number
C.3-2012

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Record createdJune 27, 2012
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