Ekenäs Swedish Engraved Crystal Vase Two People Under an Umbrella and a Tree


This small vase, likely designed by John Orwar Lake, depicts two friends or lovers huddling under an umbrella, beneath the bare winter branches of a large tree. The traditional copper-wheel engraving is skillfully done, wrapping the tree branches around the vase. The scale of the tree to the people gives one a heightened sense of the struggle they are having against the elements.

This piece was probably made in the in the late 1960's or early 1970's; while Lake was artistic director at Ekenäs. The vase is a perfect size for displaying on a shelf or in a cabinet. It is 3.875" x 3.25" x 6" (98mm x 83mm x 152mm), and it weighs 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg).

Ekenäs glass mill was founded in 1917. It was bought after a bankruptcy in 1922 by Sven Westberg (1883-1962), who held it until 1962. Thereafter, it was run by members of the Tell family, until it was sold in 1976. Greta Runeborg-Tell and John-Orwar Lake were artistic leaders at the glass mill from 1942-1952 and 1953-1976, respectively. Other designers were Edvin Ollers 1946-1947, Astrid Rietz in the 1940s, and Michael Bang from 1966-1988. [wikipedia]

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