This large vase by Sven Palmqvist is a unique "Kraka" design. The technique, invented by Palmqvist, creates the illusion of a net in the glass - usually a very fine meshed one inside the glass which was created by the use of a copper net tool in the making of the piece. (Some of these vases were made in large numbers and we have a trio of them in mint condition).
In our research we could only find one similar design to the large Kraka. It actually (no 448) appeared a few times in auction results (Wright for instance) and when looking in Helmut Ricke's book "Glas in Schweden" it turns out that the similar Kraka vase in fact wasn't a unique piece, which the number usually indicates, but in an edition of six pieces.
Our illustrated vase (no. 447) however is unique piece. Ricke's information on the Kraka vases made during the early sixties indicates that production was at an all time low. Four designs were made in 1961, nothing 1962, seven in 1963, two in 1964, one in 1965, and one in 1966. The unique Krakas that I have seen from this period reveal a quest for more innovative designs. (At the same time a few older and more traditional designs were put into serial production). While information has been scarce in the reference literature Sven Palmqvist - Glaskonstnären (2006) mentions a third phase (the second being a sophisticated development of the first breakthrough) of the Kraka in the early sixties. Palmqvist developed these pieces together with Heinz Richter and our vase is a successful result of that collaboration. If the story is true they sacrificed Richter's mesh tank top... These pieces were probably the most expensive Kraka pieces Orrefors made.
Now sold to a private collection.