Fish Graal Vase by Edward Hald for Orrefors, Sweden ca. 1980s
Item e6564

A large and heavy vase of the Graal series designed by Edvward Hald for Orrefors Sweden in 1938. Clear and green glas decorated with underwater flora and fishes, overlayed with a thick clear glass layer. This example dates to the 1980s. Signed with: 'Orrefors 959011 Edward Hald' and 'Graal Gallery 33-87'. An authentic piece of Midcentury Modern Scandinavian glass design.

Edward Hald (1883 – 1980) is one of the well-known Swedish glass artists who have worked for Orrefors. After studying in Leipzig, he completed his artistic training with Henri Matisse in Paris. The famous Graal glass is one of the first masterpieces of Edward Hald, which he developed together with Simon Gate and Knut Bergqvist. In the 1920s, his work coined the term 'Swedish grace', the Swedish variant of Art Deco. The celestial globe that Edward Hald created for the 1930 Stockholm World's Fair is seen as the pinnacle of his career. During the Second World War he led the management of Orrefors, which forced him to perform a balancing act between economics and art.

Height: 8.86" (22.5 cm)
Diameter: 5.51" (14 cm)

Literature Reference:
Helmut Ricke und Ulrich Gronert, Glas in Schweden 1915 - 1960, Muenchen 1986, page 130
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