Simon Gate

     This incredible vase is a very rare piece by famous glass designer Simon Gate and a personal favourite. The model was first shown at the famous Stockholm exhibition in 1930 and only in production during a brief period - this particular vase dated 1931. It is the perfect combination of exquisite simplicity and the beautiful workmanship at Orrefors in its interwar heyday. The vases were too expensive and time consuming to make for being able to find a wider audience, but also not bourgeois or traditional enough to attract the people that bought the classicist engraved glass (which had received world recognition at the Paris world exhibition in 1925). A couple of other vases with similar blue inclusions in the glass were shown at the important Stockholm exhibition as can be seen in period photographs, the only example in this brief series we have seen ourselves in person was sold at Phillips 2012, there are however no earlier or later counterparts in the history of glass making at Orrefors. I wish Simon Gate would have pursued this path further.   

 

 This incredible vase is a very rare piece by famous glass designer Simon Gate and a personal favourite. The model was first shown at the famous Stockholm exhibition in 1930 and only in production during a brief period - this particular vase dated 1931. It is the perfect combination of exquisite simplicity and the beautiful workmanship at Orrefors in its interwar heyday. The vases were too expensive and time consuming to make for being able to find a wider audience, but also not bourgeois or traditional enough to attract the people that bought the classicist engraved glass (which had received world recognition at the Paris world exhibition in 1925). A couple of other vases with similar blue inclusions in the glass were shown at the important Stockholm exhibition as can be seen in period photographs, the only example in this brief series we have seen ourselves in person was sold at Phillips 2012, there are however no earlier or later counterparts in the history of glass making at Orrefors. I wish Simon Gate would have pursued this path further.