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

Ravenna

Bowl
1953 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Clear blue glass with interior stained pattern

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleRavenna (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Glass with interior stained pattern
Brief description
Bowl, Sweden, designed by Sven Palmqvist, for Orrefors Glassworks, 1953
Physical description
Clear blue glass with interior stained pattern
Dimensions
  • Maximum width: 23.7cm
Style
Marks and inscriptions
Incised 'ORREFORS SWEDEN RAVENNA No391 SVEN PALMQVIST' (Makers's mark)
Gallery label
Sven Palmqvist (1906-84) joined Orrefors Glassworks in the 1920s and graduated through studies under Simon Gate, Edward Hald and various art schools in France and Stockholm. He created several new glass techniques, including the mosaic-like 'Ravenna' technique (given this name following a visit by Palmqvist to that city). The Ravenna series was launched by Orrefors Glassworks in 1948. Like many Orrefors artists, Palmqvist designed with equal skill both for ornamental wares and for major public and government commissions.
Credit line
Gift of A.B. Orrefors Glassworks, Sweden
Bibliographic reference
Opie, J: 'Scandinavia: Ceramics and Glass of the 20th Century', V&A Museum (1987), cat. 494
Other number
9615 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession number
CIRC.518-1954

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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