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ELISA DR. STEENBERG & EDWARD HALD. 1950. Swedish Glass. US: Gramercy Publishing Co. 
Added by: Robert S Burford (29 Oct 2011 13:49:35 UTC)   Last edited by: Robert S Burford (19 Sep 2013 03:29:43 UTC)
Resource type: Book
BibTeX citation key: DrSteenberg1950
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Categories: General (Europe)
Keywords: 1500s, 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, 1900s, Case Bottles, History, Sweden
Creators: Hald, Dr. Steenberg
Publisher: Gramercy Publishing Co. (US)
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History of Swedish glass industry over five centuries, some modern. Foreword by designer Edward Hald. 128 pages 93 b/w.
'Few persons are as initiated in the modern and ancient aspects of the Swedish art of glassmaking as the author of this book, Dr. Elisa Steenberg.  She is the daughter of the distinguished Orrefors artist, Edward Hald ... Dr. Steenberg, who is essentially a scholar, has devoted herself to research and study in the various arts and crafts, her main interest has been glass, its historical development, technical progress, and evolution in design... For material covering the period up to the end of the eighteenth century, the author has drawn largely on the studies of Dr. Herbert Seitz, a noted historian.' -- Lillian Ollen (New York, 1950, translator from the Swedish, Translator's Preface, page 8)   Added by: Robert S Burford
Keywords:   Palmqvist Sven Stromberg Edward Kasimirsborg glassworks
Contents: Early Days, and Melchior Jung's Glassworks, 1641 (page 11-); Kungsholm Glassworks, 1676-1815 (page 17-); Scanian Glassworks, 1695-1762 (page 42-); Kosta, Limmared, and other glassworks (page 46-); Artistic Development (page 66-); Orrefors Glassworks (page 70-); Gate, Hald, Lindstrand (page 76-); Orstrom, Landberg, Palmqvist (page 95-); Ollers, Nyblom, Hultstrom (page 105-); Skawonius, Elis Bergh, and the Strombergs (page 111-); Index (pages 122-128).

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Contains 93 black & white photos & drawings, 20th C. photos (pages 70-) apparently furnished by the individual companies; photos in first chapters are of the collections of the Province of Smaland Museum, Vaxjo; Nordic Museum, Stockholm; National Museum; Museum of Gothenburg; the Royal Palace; and 2 in private collections.

  Added by: Robert S Burford  (2013-03-06 19:57:23)
'...does not exists so much information about Casimirs glasshouse in writing as could be expected. It was founded 1757 by Count Casimir Lewenhaupt (1711-1781) and was located in the county of Kalmar (which is east of Småland). The glasshouse was closed in 1811. The glasshouse produced a lot of engraved decanters (simple in style), which had the typical Schnaps-decanter-shape. Casimirsborgs glasbruk was very much inspired by the neoclassicistical style that came from France and England and started then to produce coneshaped decanters with geomertic patterns as your chessboard-pattern. This pattern is very typical for this specific glasshouse and was later imitated by Kosta Glashouse (among others), who produced two services with that pattern ("Junior" and Odelberg" early 20th century). There might be other glasshouses that imitated this pattern to (because at that time a patent on pattern did not exist) but the most famous glashouse is Casimirsborg.' AND '...thank you for sending the pictures of your very beautiful objects! Your glas and decanter look very authentic. It has the quadratic foot and the chessboard pattern with the stars, which are, as you already assumed, typical for Casimirsborgs glasshouse. Very beautiful!! Even the glass shows the signs of age which are typical for glass from the 18th century (there are
some bubbles and the glass has a special milkish-green colour).' AND '...With the expression "the typical Schnaps-decanter-shape" I mean the decanters which where produced at most swedish glasshouses in the 18th and 19th century and were called "schatullflaskor" ("decanters that fit into small boxes of transportation"). This decantershape was already produced as
early as in the 16th century but it was not so common then. It was also in the 16th century that Schnaps (in Scandinavia it is called Brännvin, which was imported from Europe and was first drunk from small bowls). There is a nice little danish book about that topic "Braendevin-en billedbog om Braendevin gennem tiderne" that tells us about the tradion of Schnaps and
how the glassdecanters came about and how they developed. I find that in all the books the measurement is referred to as grams (f.e 60-70 grams is one glass).' -- Maja Heuer, Curator, Smaland museum, Vaxjo Sweden (27 June & 1 August 2005) [in response to my emails regarding Steenberg's Smaland photographs on pages 48-50 of "pin-bottle" shaped decanter, and chessboard (Harlequin) decorated and plinth-footed wine glasses attributed to Kasimirsborg, also why my decanter has a flat-topped stopper and wine is of unusually large capacity at almost 4 ounces (100ml).]   Added by: Robert S Burford
Keywords:   wine glass Sweden) Smaland (Province of) Glass Museum (Vaxjo Skawonius Schnaps Scanian Ostrom Orrefors Ollers Nyblom Lindstrand Limmared Landberg Kungsholm Kosta Jung Melchior Hultstrom Harlequin (decoration) Hald Gate Decanters Bergh Elis
SEE Smaland museum website:   Added by: Robert S Burford  (2013-03-07 03:10:39)
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