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

Crowded skies

Vase
1930 (designed), 1931 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Trumpet-shaped vase, the base the shape of an inverted bowl, with repeated engraved decoration of a geometric design of an urban sky-line.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Titles
  • Crowded skies (manufacturer's title)
  • Trångt I Luften (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Engraved glass
Brief description
Vase, Sweden, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, and engraved by Karl Rössler at Orrefors Glassworks, 1931
Physical description
Trumpet-shaped vase, the base the shape of an inverted bowl, with repeated engraved decoration of a geometric design of an urban sky-line.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.0cm
  • Width: 22.8cm (Note: Widest)
Style
Marks and inscriptions
Incised 'OF.L.103.31.KR' (Maker's mark; near the foot rim)
Gallery label
The factory records identify the vase as having been designed in 1930 which suggests that it may have been intended for inclusion in the major Stockholm exhibition of Swedish design held that year. Vicke (Victor Emanuel) Lindstrand (1904-83) worked in ceramics, textiles and illustration as well as in glass. He designed for Orrefors from 1928-40 and then for Kosta from 1950-73
Credit line
Given by Sir Colin and Lady Anderson
Bibliographic reference
Opie, J: 'Scandinavia: Ceramics and Glass of the 20th Century', V&A Museum (1987), cat. 456
Other number
9534 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession number
C.302-1976

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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