Orrefors® Crystal

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The road to Orrefors winds through deep forests of spruce that open suddenly on darkly glistening lakes, and meadows and farmhouses set behind stonewalls. Here are the elements that gave rise to glassblowing, and which are reflected today in the finished glass; the ripples across the water, the sunbeams that penetrate the tall, dense stands of spruce, and the crystal-clear air. It is hardly surprising that the glass created here is beloved around the world.

The Swedish glass industry was born about 250 years ago, not far from Orrefors. In the summer of 1742 the first glassworks, warehouse, potash furnace and smithy were inaugurated in which is now the small village of Kosta.

Hand-blown glass has thus been produced in this part of Sweden for more than two and a half centuries. The story of Orrefors begins with Iron and the forest. As early as 1726, Lars Johan Silversparre received permission to build a furnace and a smithy at "the beautiful river that flows into Lake Orrenas". The iron works was given the name Orrefors, which means "the Orre waterfall".   Production at Orrefors became significant in the 1910's when Johan Ekman of Gothenburg, who realized the importance of design, acquired the glassworks. A number of proficient glass artisans were recruited. Ekman wanted to place production on a more artistic basis, and in 1916 he, therefore, engaged the services of Simon Gate, the portrait and landscape painter. The artist Edward Hald arrived in the following year. This laid the foundation for a vital tradition of Orrefors, in the form of close cooperation between skilled glassblowers and gifted designers.   Orrefors international breakthrough came at the Paris Exhibition of 1925.  From the Hotel de Ville, the Town Hall of Paris, the Swedish pavilion borrowed a magnificent glass goblet designed by Simon Gate that had been presented as a gift to the City of Paris from the City of Stockholm in 1922.  The goblet became a sensation, and the prestigious Grand Prix award was given to Orrefors and its designers. The glassblowers and engravers received gold medals. Many of the imposing glass objects from Orrefors were created for special occasions, or to special order.
  Simon Gate and Edward Hald created the first modern art glass, and initiated an era that continues today. Orrefors participated in the New York World Fair in 1939 and launched the concept of Swedish Modern. The exhibition was a major success for modern Orrefors glass -- colorful, vigorous and exotic. In addition, many of their productions are now living classics, partly because the truly beautiful always survives, but also because techniques based on skill and experience never become outdated.   Throughout the 20th Century, Swedish art glass has been admired and treasured by a broad public, both in Sweden and internationally. Today, all of the Orrefors designers participate in producing art glass. The Orrefors designers are: Lars Hellsten, Jan Johansson, Helen Krantz, Erika Lagerbielke, Anne Nilsson, Lena Bergstrom, Martti Rytkonen and Per Sundberg.



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ICONIC Award Cube (mini) by Orrefors®

ICONIC Award Cube (mini) by Orrefors®

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$40.00  
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ICONIC Award Cube (small) by Orrefors®

ICONIC Award Cube (small) by Orrefors®

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$50.00  
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The Original WAVE BOWL (small) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original WAVE BOWL (small) crafted by Orrefors®

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$60.00  
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ICONIC Award Cube (medium) by Orrefors®

ICONIC Award Cube (medium) by Orrefors®

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$75.00  
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PLAZA fine crystal for 6x4in prints by Orrefors® Sweden

PLAZA fine crystal for 6x4in prints by Orrefors® Sweden

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$75.00   4"x6"
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FOCUS from the Orrefors® collection

FOCUS from the Orrefors® collection

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$78.00   4"x6"
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The Original PRECIOUS BOWL crafted by Orrefors®

The Original PRECIOUS BOWL crafted by Orrefors®

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$90.00  
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The Original TEAR DROP BOWL (small) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original TEAR DROP BOWL (small) crafted by Orrefors®

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$95.00  
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PLAZA Fine Crystal for 5x7in prints by Orrefors® Sweden

PLAZA Fine Crystal for 5x7in prints by Orrefors® Sweden

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$100.00   5"x7"
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The Original WAVE BOWL (medium) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original WAVE BOWL (medium) crafted by Orrefors®

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$100.00  
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The Original TEAR DROP VASE (small) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original TEAR DROP VASE (small) crafted by Orrefors®

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$115.00  
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ICONIC Award Cube (large) by Orrefors®

ICONIC Award Cube (large) by Orrefors®

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$125.00  
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The Original PRECIOUS VASE (large) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original PRECIOUS VASE (large) crafted by Orrefors®

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$135.00  
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The Original CORONA BOWL (small) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original CORONA BOWL (small) crafted by Orrefors®

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$145.00  
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ICONIC Award Cube (extra large) by Orrefors®

ICONIC Award Cube (extra large) by Orrefors®

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$150.00  
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Fine Crystal Award with Black Base (6½in) by Orrefors®

Fine Crystal Award with Black Base (6½in) by Orrefors®

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$165.00 INCLUDES ENGRAVING  
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The Original TEAR DROP BOWL (large) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original TEAR DROP BOWL (large) crafted by Orrefors®

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$185.00  
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The Original CORONA 5-3/8in BOWL (medium) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original CORONA 5-3/8in BOWL (medium) crafted by Orrefors®

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$195.00  
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The Original POLARIS 7-1/2 BOWL (medium) crafted by Orrefors®

The Original POLARIS 7-1/2 BOWL (medium) crafted by Orrefors®

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$195.00  
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FAMILY & FRIENDS brilliant crystal by Orrefors®

FAMILY & FRIENDS brilliant crystal by Orrefors®

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$70.00   4"x6"
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WAVE 4x6 fine crystal by Orrefors® Sweden

WAVE 4x6 fine crystal by Orrefors® Sweden

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$75.00   4"x6"
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FOCUS from the Orrefors® collection

FOCUS from the Orrefors® collection

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$100.00   5"x7"
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DIAMOND from the Orrefors® crystal collection

DIAMOND from the Orrefors® crystal collection

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$100.00   5"x7"
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FAMILY & FRIENDS Fine Crystal for 5x7in prints by Orrefors® Sweden

FAMILY & FRIENDS Fine Crystal for 5x7in prints by Orrefors® Sweden

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$125.00   5"x7"
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