The Brilliance of Swedish Glass, 1918-1939: An Alliance of Art and Industry

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Since the mid-1920s Swedish glass has been synonymous with excellence in design and craftsmanship. It has become the most highly acclaimed product of the Swedish applied arts industries in the international marketplace, virtually unrivaled by glassmakers elsewhere. Through a series of ten essays, this book examines the emergence of Swedish glass against an historical, socioeconomic, and art-historical background. This book also presents a wide selection of 157 works, shown in color, that trace the development of ...
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Overview

Since the mid-1920s Swedish glass has been synonymous with excellence in design and craftsmanship. It has become the most highly acclaimed product of the Swedish applied arts industries in the international marketplace, virtually unrivaled by glassmakers elsewhere. Through a series of ten essays, this book examines the emergence of Swedish glass against an historical, socioeconomic, and art-historical background. This book also presents a wide selection of 157 works, shown in color, that trace the development of Swedish glass during the interwar years. In addition to the superlative art glass, there are examples of domestic glassware, stemware, scent bottles, light fixtures, and other forms, all of which represent themes and variations that encompass the Swedish response to modernism. The texts that accompany these objects examine the complex technical aspects of glassmaking and the aesthetic possibilities of glass as a medium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300070057
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.48 (w) x 12.58 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Introduction 13
1 Sweden and the Swedish Model, 1900-1950 17
2 Swedish Industrialization and the Glassworks 25
3 Social Needs and Aesthetic Demands: Ellen Key, Gregor Paulsson, and Swedish Design, 1899-1939 35
4 The Emergence of Swedish Modern Design, 1917-1939 53
5 Glass in the Context of Contemporary Swedish Painting and Sculpture, 1918-1939 67
6 A Brief History of Swedish Glass 85
7 Lighting Design at Orrefors Glassworks, 1920-1940 103
8 Swedish Glass Between the World Wars 111
9 Orrefors Glass in Public Spaces 125
10 Modern Swedish Glass in America, 1924-1939 135
Catalogue of the Exhibition 157
Appendix Swedish Glassworks and Designers, 1741-1996 308
Glossary 318
Biblography 320
Index 329
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