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SCANDINAVIAN DECANTERS

I am covering Scandinavian decanters because someone told me I should. The thing is, I haven't been looking out for them that long, but I am getting quite into them. For them it is all about the design, but I have to say that sometimes the quality is very lacking.

The designs are really diverse, but they do have something in common, they are a bit crap at making tightly fitting stoppers.

I have more decanters that I think are Scandinavian but I have been unable to attribute them. I also have some in the section Glass by Maker, so if you like these go there, as I have more.

Foreign Decanters

This is a Kosta light brown decanter with a vertically slice cut tapering cylindrical body. The stopper is a thick mushroom stopper with slice cutting to the edges to match the body. The decanter has a circular Gold coloured paper label marked Kosta Sviege. Circa.1950s-80s.

A lot of Kosta glass is marked with serial numbers with allows you to identify the designer and the year of design, but not this piece sadly. I know this is a colour that has been used in Sweden since at least the 1930s, but I also know this paper label couldn't have been introduced until the 1950s. The label looks post 1950s and as it was bought in a charity shop in Sweden it is not new.

This decanter is not the most ambitious design for a Swedish decanter. They have used a colour which feel fairly traditional as it had been used for a while, but it seems nicely balanced and is well made.

Height: 9.25 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is an Afors light brown decanter with a rectangular moulded body with matt foliage cut into it. The stopper is a wide disc shaped mushroom stopper. The decanter has a shield shaped gold coloured paper label marked AFORS below a picture of a rampant lion holding an axe. Circa.1950s-80s.

Again I have gone for a wide dating on this decanter, as it has no mark scratched underneath but it does have a paper label for Afors. Unfortunately I have been unable to find any dating reference material on Swedish glass. I think the cutting on this design is too tentative, as you can hardly see it even when it is in your hand.

I am happy with this end date as AFORS was bought by Orrefors in 1990, and I have seen AFORS designs with a Orrefors name scratched on the bottom.

Height: 6.75 inches

Width: 4.5 inches

This is a decanter with a rectangular moulded body with pattern of thumb printies cut into it. The stopper is a wide disc shaped mushroom stopper. Circa.1950s-80s.

I know less about this decanter than the previous 2. Judging by the body and stopper shapes Afors would be a decent bet for a manufacturer, however, I don't know enough about the culture of Scandinavian design to know if the designers would plagiarise or try to stay original. Regardless, I like this design, it puts me in mind of a more stylised Whitefriars Spanish cut decanter.

Height: 8.5 inches

Width: 5 inches

This is a small dark green tear drop shaped Riihimaki decanter with a conical stopper with a folded over tip. Design by Nanny Still, and made circa. 1950-60.

I have never seen this decanter described as being the in the shape of liquor still, and that the designers name is Nanny Still. Is she saying something and punning with words in this design or am I reading too much into this. There are other decanter designs that are described as being in the shape of a still and they have the same distinctive stopper shape.

Riihimaki is a Finnish glass factory that was running from 1910 to 1990.

Height: 9 inches

Width: 3 inches

This is a small purple claret jug with a horizontally ribbed body. Circa.1950s-80s.

Although I don't know much about this claret jug I do not that it is Swedish as that is where I bought it from. The lady I bought it from told me this type of ware regularly appears in her local charity shops and she lives near the Reijmyre Glasbok factory. I am afraid that is the best provenance I have for it.

I have called this a claret jug as it fits my definition of a claret, i.e. a jug with a lid, however, from what I have been reading these small Scandinavian jugs and decanters are really intended for spirits.

Height: 10 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is a small footed purple decanter with a horizontally ribbed body with matt floliage cut into it. Circa.1950s-80s.

This decanter came from the same source as the claret jug above and I haven't been able to get a good provenance on it either.

Height: 11 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This a straw coloured decanter. It has an applied quatrefoil foot with a polished pontil mark, and a stopper made up of 4 flutes coming to a point.

I suspect this a Swedish decanter from the pre or post war era. The design elements of the applied foot and the stopper work well and I haven't seen them elsewhere so I don't believe this derivative of anything else. Although I know nothing about this decanter, it just smells of quality design and I like it.

Height: 10.5 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

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