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ORREFORS

Orrefors are the premier glass maker from Sweden and as you would expect they are into cool minimalist design. Most of what I have is of one pattern (Rhapsody).

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This is a grey decanter with a rounded bi-conical shape, no pouring lip and a rounded column stopper. It has scratched underneath "Orrefors 11-131a"

I have tried to use the number on the bottle to find more information about it, but I have no experience of this and Orrefors used different numbering systems in different factories and I haven't been able to figure it out.

I know this was designed by the AFORS factory as I have seen this decanter with AFORS labels on it. What I now haven't been able to work out is when AFORS started labelling as Orrefors.

Height: 13 inches

Width: 4.75 inches

These are Orrefors Rhapsody pattern gray cylinder shaped decanters with a convex slope to the neck. The stopper has a convex slope coming to a point surmounted by a ball finial. This decanter was designed for Orrefors by Sven Palmqvist, in 1959. Orrefors pattern number PS1850.

You see quite a number of these around so they must have been very popular. It also comes in clear glass and different sizes. It would be possible to make a set of these with glasses. There are a number of reasonably common grey period decanters from the 1960s-70s time but if you wanted this period look, I would say this is the most stylish to go for.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 193

Height: 10 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

These are Orrefors Rhapsody pattern cylinder shaped decanters with a convex slope to the neck. The stopper has a convex slope coming to a point surmounted by a ball finial. This decanter was designed for Orrefors by Sven Palmqvist, in 1959. Orrefors pattern number PS1850.

This is the clear version of the decanters and they look just as good as the grey versions.

As you can see I have two different sizes of the two colours of the decanters, but there are actually three sizes, plus two sizes of carafe, three sizes of jug, 15 types of glass, and four types of jug. If you wanted to kit your table out like some sort of 1960s Victorian throwback, you could give it a go with this. I do it all the time but with 1930s glass.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 193

Height: 10 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

This is an Orrefors Rhapsody pattern liquor glass. This glass was designed for Orrefors by Sven Palmqvist, in 1959. Orrefors pattern number PS1850.

You see loads of these glasses floating around in charity shops and antique centres, and most people don't know what they are. Pick it up and if feels like a good quality thing, get it to the till quick before anyone else realises.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 193

Height: 7.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a pale brown pedestal decanter with a rounded bi-conical shape, a stepped foot and wrythen stem and a wrythen cone shaped stopper. Designed by Simon Gate in the 1920s.

What makes this decanter a bit special is the date that I have attributed to it. This decanter is pushing at the boundaries of design at the time it was made. It is not art deco, but looking to even simpler design. It is also huge which have made it stand out even more at the time it made.

Reference: Miller's Glass of the 20's and 30's, Frankie Leibe, page 55

Height: 15.75 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

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