Negerhyddan (The African Hut)

Negerhyddan (The African Hut)

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Object Name: 
Covered Vase
Negerhyddan (The African Hut)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 26 cm, Diam (max): 12.6 cm
On Display
designed in 1918
Web Description: 
In 1917, the painter Edward Hald (1883-1980) joined the design department of Orrefors Glasbruk, which was directed by the illustrator Simon Gate (1883-1945) and the master glassblower Knut Bergqvist (1873-1953). Since 1913, this Swedish glasshouse had focused on art glass, and by the time of Hald’s arrival, it had already developed its famous ruby-tinted Graal glass. Gate and Hald, who discussed their proposals at length with the firm’s engravers and blowers, made their first designs for engraving on colorless glass in 1917. By 1929, Orrefors employed at least 36 engravers, a fact that attests to the popularity of its engraved glass during the 1920s. While Gate’s designs tended to be conservative and classical, Hald, who had studied with Henri Matisse, was a modernist. "Negerhyddan (African Hut)" was the first of Hald’s designs in which the engraved illustration was perfectly adapted to the form of the covered vase.
Allen's Antiques, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; blown, engraved; hollow pointed and flared cover with inset flange, engraved with overall engraved pattern of branches with small pointed leaves radiating from finial to rim (suggesting thatching), solid pointed finial connected to rim with flattened disc; body with flared neck, ground and polished rim, body tapers towards flattened base and is decorated with engraved scene of three adult and one child figures "dancing" amidst coconut palm trees and other foliage and animals on vines scalloped between the trees; vessel mounted on four small solid sphere feet that in turn are adhered to hollow plinth base with flattened top the same diameter of body base engraved with radiating curving lines and scalloping, flaring rim; ground and polished pontil; inscribed: "Orrefors Hald".
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
Bo Knutsson Art and Antiques [2002] (2002) illustrated, p. 16; BIB# 77263
Uncovering treasures in the Empire State (1999) p. 134, fig. 14; BIB# AI43699
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 43, #79; BIB# 35681
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 101, 106; #87; BIB# 33211
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 69, #67; BIB# 21161
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 69, #67; BIB# 21161