Edward Hald for Orrefors fishgraal - 1st of 2
The Graal glass technique was invented at Orrefors Glasbruk in Sweden, in 1916 by. In simple terms, the glassmakers create a piece with different coloured layers of glass, allow it to cool, then cut a design in one of the coloured layers to create a pattern. Then they re-heat it and case it with more crystal, and expand it. Obviously, this is a very complex, time-consuming process. The more complex the process, the more likely are errors and the more likely is the creation of pieces which can't be sold, even though hours of time have been invested in them.
A variation of the Graal technique is Fishgraal, invented by Edvard Hald in the 1930s. A design is painted on the glass, a green layer in this case, with liquid bitumen. Then, all the green layer which isn't covered with the pattern is acid-etched away, so that the pattern stands out on a clear background. Then it is reheated to 400-500 degrees Celcius and carefully covered with another thick layer of crystal. The name, fishgraal, comes from the fact that the first collection featured fish. The designs are more detailed and the piece is not expanded, as they are in other forms of graal, so the designs are not distorted.
The code on this piece tells us that it was made in 1960. Variations of this design were first drawn in 1936 and made until 1987. It is a classic of Swedish art glass.
Note that this is one of two, matching pieces. See:
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Height: 12.5 cm
Width: 13 cm
Weight: 2420 g
Engaved "Orrefors Graal nr. 885 P Edward Hald"
Condition: expected wear to the base, a few light scratches to the exterior, a 1.5mm somewhat deeper scratch, a few less than 0.5mm unintended bubbles
Our Reference: 2493
US $1,180.00 + shipping
Approximate price in other currencies:
|NZ $1,413||EUR €905||JP ¥103,602|
|AU $1,124||SEK 7,705||CHF 1,094|
|GB £735||CA $1,165||ZAR 10,142|
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|Australia||US $70.25||5-6 working days delivery|
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