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

Graal

Vase
1931 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Vase, Sweden, designed by Simon Gate, and blown by Gustav Bergkvist at Orrefors Glassworks, 1931

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleGraal (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Graal glass
Brief description
Vase, Sweden, designed by Simon Gate, and blown by Gustav Bergkvist at Orrefors Glassworks, 1931
Dimensions
  • Height: 13.0cm
Style
Marks and inscriptions
Incised 'S GRAAL ORREFORS 1931 GB 3284 SG' (Makers's mark)
Gallery label
This vase is made in the celebrated 'Graal' technique (named after the Holy Grail), invented and developed at Orrefors, and for many years an exclusive speciality. The technique is complex and expensive. First, a thick-walled bubble of clear glass is formed, which is then 'cased' with a thin layer of moulten, coloured glass. ......... This vase was purchased with seven other pieces from the 'Exhibition of Swedish Industrial Art' held in London in 1931.
Bibliographic reference
Opie, J: 'Scandinavia: Ceramics and Glass of the 20th Century', V&A Museum (1987), cat. 460
Other number
0326 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession number
CIRC.58-1931

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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