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At the behest of designprofessor and a few others, I thought i'd post a few niiice non-clothing objects from my job - today's theme is vases. Comments and questions are most welcome, but I suspect this is more of a vase-porn thread... First a few silver and silver/enamel ones: Guttorm K. Gagnes for David-Andersen, Oslo, late thirties. H: 19 cm Grete Prytz (Korsmo) Kittelsen for Tostrup, Oslo, around 1960. H: 50 cm Johan Sirnes for David-Andersen, Oslo, around 1920. H: 12 cm Unknown designer for Aksel Holmsen, Oslo, around 1950. H: 12 cm Attributed to Tapio Wirkkala, Finland, around 1960. H: 20 cm Torolf Prytz for Tostrup, Oslo, 1900. Exhibited at the Paris Universal Exposition 1900 and sold to a French family there. This is quality to rival LC Tiffany's work. H: 16 cm Attributed to Arne Korsmo. Tostrup, Oslo, around 1950. H: 7 cm MH Wilkens & Sohne, Hamburg 1938. Silver with ivory feet. Made for a ship's christening. H: 24 cm David-Andersen, Oslo, 1920s. H: 15,5 cm Henrik Møller, Trondheim, around 1905. H: 44cm Jacob Prytz for Tostrup, Oslo. Very tactile, this one, with the hammered surfaces, and the small inlays of champlevé enamel at the base. H: 17 cm Tostrup, Oslo, 1920s. I think probably by Jacob Prytz. H: 22 cm Jacob Prytz for Tostrup, Oslo, 1932. H: 18 cm
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Can you tell me more about this:

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I like these two.
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All of the vases are visually interesting and some of them are quite beautiful. Do any of them have an interesting provenance? Thanks for the images and please keep them coming when you are able!

I particularly like the little gourd and I am right with designprofessor on his selections.


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Can you tell me more about this:
Absolutely - this one was probably designed by the Norwegian architect Arne Korsmo in the early fifties, for the goldsmiths firm Tostrup, which was owned by his wife's family. His then wife Grete Prytz Korsmo is probably the more better known modern designer, - Korsmo is mostly known as a very influential architect. Blue enamel over engine-turned pattern. Height: 7 cm.
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I like these two.
The one on the right was made by the goldsmith Henrik Møller, probably around the time of Norwegian independence and the coronation of king Haakon VII, that is, around 1905. The decor is all with motifs from the saga of St. Olav, the national patron saint. It's what's often called "The Dragon Style", somewhat akin to the Celtic revival in the UK. Chased silver, height: 44cm. Here's a short article on the style by the leading authority: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/m..._20050939/pg_1
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Henrik Bertram Moller was the fourth generation of his family to operate a silver-smithing business in Trondheim, not far from Nidaros Cathedral, Norway's largest and oldest. He trained in Copenhagen, Denmark, with Peter Hertz (1834-1895), the Danish court goldsmith famous for his Viking revival drinking horns. After further studies in Vienna and New York, Moller returned to Trondheim in 1884 and took over his father's shop. He blended scenes from the sagas with dragons and grotesque masks inspired by those in Nidaros Cathedral. (...) Clearly, Moller satisfied the Victorian need for both the quaint and the grotesque, as did the ceramics of George E. Ohr (1857-1918)(6) in the United States and the designs of Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) in Britain. In 1906 Moller made a tea service that he suggested the women of Trondheim present to King Haakon VII and his queen at their coronation in Nidaros Cathedral that year. However, the design was so outre that it was rejected as unsuitable. Fortunately, King Chulalongkorn found it pleasing and bought it when he passed through the city that year. Unaffected by criticism, Moller continued to work in the dragon style until his death in 1937.
The other one is also Norwegian, made by the David-Andersen firm in the twenties - it's a very good example of the Scandinavian neo-classical art deco. Same technique as the top one - enamel over engine-turned (and in this case gilt) silver. Height: 15,5 cm
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I particularly like the little gourd and I am right with designprofessor on his selections.
Thanks, all, for replying to this - didn't know whether there would be any interest for them. The gourd-shaped vase was made by Tostrup - the same Norwegian firm that was behind the blue one above. There's little enamel rosettes on the waist of it, and a wooden plinth. Height: 22 cm
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Thought I'd bump this with a few glass vases: AE Boman for Hadeland, Norway, 1911. No 25 of around 110 different numbered pieces. H: 31 cm Willy Johansson for Hadeland, Norway. (FC: This model is the one usually called the "Penguin" here.) Around 1960. H: 22 cm Timo Sarpaneva for Ittala, around 1960. H: 16 cm. Willy Johansson for Hadeland, Norway. Around 1960. H: 19 Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden "Arabesque". Around 1960. H: 32 cm Willy Johansson for Hadeland, Norway. 1962. H: 19 cm Willy Johansson for Hadeland, Norway. 1953. H: 12 cm Edvin Öhrström for Orrefors "Ariel", Sweden. H: 21 AE Boman for Hadeland, Norway, 1911. No 97 of around 110 different numbered pieces. H: 29 cm Willy Johansson for Hadeland, Norway. 1955. H: 38 cm This one's Venetian, I'd think probably Venini or maybe Seguso. (Unamrked). H: 36 Edvin Öhrström for Orrefors "Ariel", Sweden. H: 16 cm
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Beautiful - where do I get stuff like THAT? ;p
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There is magic in well-executed glass. I particularly like the little "penguin" with the visible punt.



Many years ago, we started collecting glass pieces accidentally. It must have been somewhere around 1982 or so. In the window of a resale shop was an enchantingly colorful and large glasswork. A year or two after paying the enormous ransom of twenty dollars for it, we were informed that it was made by Dale Chihuly and likely worth several hundred times what we paid. This beauty now resides in the foyer of home in Cargese.

Please, do tell us a little something about each of the pieces. At least, identify the maker or school.

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sorry, meant to start new thread.
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In the window of a resale shop was an enchantingly colorful and large glasswork. A year or two after paying the enormous ransom of twenty dollars for it, we were informed that it was made by Dale Chihuly and likely worth several hundred times what we paid. This beauty now resides in the foyer of home in Cargese.
Damn, that's luck (well, and a good eye). I'd like to see pics of it, if poss.
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Please, do tell us a little something about each of the pieces. At least, identify the maker or school.
Will do - I'm working late just now, so I'll just paste in a few facts about each one below the photo. (Most are Norwegian, and local fare for me.)
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Willy Johansson for Hadeland, Norway. (FC: This model is the one usually called the "Penguin" here.) Around 1960. H: 22 cm
The Sarpaneva for Ittala penguin simply ate more fish than the Johansson penguins above it! Thanks for editing and adding identification text with each image.

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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
Damn, that's luck (well, and a good eye). I'd like to see pics of it, if poss.
It's mostly luck. We just collect things that please our eyes.
We won't be in Cargese until July of this year. I searched my photo files of that house and can't find any image with the Chihuly visible.
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A few Chinese ones: Tang, 618-906, greenish Qing-bai glaze on a hellenistic form, H: 40 cm: Sung, 960-1279, H: 18 cm Late Sung/early Yuan, 13th/14th C, H: 16 cm Yuan, 1279-1368, grey-green Qing-bai glaze, H: 24 cm:
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More lovely little vases! The Sung piece in your second image reminds me ever so slightly of a little gray and blue one we have in Minsk. Our vase is a roughish dark gray lower with a bright cobalt blue over-glaze near the top area.

Being relatively art ignorant as I am, I assumed our piece was a nineteenth century Japanese item. Maybe it is not? It simply means that I should some day get all of these things identified.

Oh, well. Please continue to post the items from your auction firm when you have the time.

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