Orrefors Crystal

Along with Kosta Boda, Orrefors is considered to be one of the most significant contributors to the Swedish glassmaking tradition. Originating in the rural south of Sweden, Orrefors glass has a history that spans over two hundred years.

Glassmaking was already a tradition in the region of Orrefors as early as the 18th century, with producers creating a range of relatively utilitarian glassware for the local communities. Orrefors glass grew into prominence in the early 20th century when glassmakers and artists began to collaborate on innovative art glass pieces.

It was these highly finessed and elegantly-engraved pieces that accelerated Orrefor's notoriety, particularly as they began showcasing their works at international exhibitions. Over the decades, Orrefors welcomed some of the most acclaimed Swedish designers of the day. From Nils Landberg and his Tylip Glass in the '50s to Gunnar Cyran's '60s Pop Glass, Orrefors ensured the consistent quality of their pieces combined with their unrelenting attention to contemporary trends.


Quick Facts

  • The village of Orrefors took root in 1726 when an ambitious ironsmith Lars Johan Silversparre set up shop there. Choosing the location in part for the area's waterways, Silversparre named the area Orrefors, which translates to "Orre waterfall"
  • Ingeborg Lundin was the first female designer to be hired by Orrefors, joining the team in 1947. One of her most treasured creations was the Apple line
  • The '80s witnessed the arrival of the Orrefors Gallery, a new collection of art glass pieces offered only in limited editions and designed to showcase the talents of the company's contemporary designers

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AN ORREFORS ENGRAVED GLASS VASE, DATED 1934, designed by Edward Hald, no. H
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ORREFORS ENGRAVED GLASS VASE, DATED 1934, designed by Edward Hald, no. H
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £60- £80
£301 Bid
CAROL CHANNING 2004 OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD BY ORREFORS
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING 2004 OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARD BY ORREFORS
by Abell Auction
Est: $50- $100
$501 Bid
Lot of three glass vases, 1930-40s, 1 of Orrefors
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
Lot of three glass vases, 1930-40s, 1 of Orrefors
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €20- €250
€400 Bids
vase 'Graal', Edward Hald for Orrefors, around1980
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
vase 'Graal', Edward Hald for Orrefors, around1980
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €300- €600
€2800 Bids
Lot of 2 Etched Orrefors Cathedral Vases
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of 2 Etched Orrefors Cathedral Vases
by Willow Auction House
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Large Orrefors Etched Glass Vase with Female Nude
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Orrefors Etched Glass Vase with Female Nude
by Willow Auction House
Est: $80- $100
$400 Bids
Vintage ORREFORS Signed Cut Crystal Vase
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage ORREFORS Signed Cut Crystal Vase
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $250
$10 Bids
(3) Val St. Lambert, Orrefors Pieces of Glass: Plate, Vase, Paperweight
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
(3) Val St. Lambert, Orrefors Pieces of Glass: Plate, Vase, Paperweight
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $75- $100
$200 Bids
A Signed orrefors Rare Artglass Vase
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Signed orrefors Rare Artglass Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $225- $2,250
$2250 Bids
A Heavy Signed Orrefors Bowl
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Heavy Signed Orrefors Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $75- $750
$700 Bids
An Orrefors Candlestick
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
An Orrefors Candlestick
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids
A Pair of Orrefors Candlesticks
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Pair of Orrefors Candlesticks
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $50- $500
$500 Bids
A Swedish Orrefors Bowl
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Swedish Orrefors Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
(2Pc) Orrefors Crystal "Thousand Windows" Bowls
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(2Pc) Orrefors Crystal "Thousand Windows" Bowls
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids
An Orrefors Vase
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
An Orrefors Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids
AN ETCHED AND BLACK GLASS DRINKS SET, POSSIBLY ORREFORS, comprising spheric
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN ETCHED AND BLACK GLASS DRINKS SET, POSSIBLY ORREFORS, comprising spheric
by Elstob and Elstob
Est: £60- £80
£300 Bids
CARL FAGERLUND FOR ORREFORS CEILING MOUNT LIGHT
Oct 19, 11:00 AM EDT
CARL FAGERLUND FOR ORREFORS CEILING MOUNT LIGHT
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $1,000
$500 Bids
A Signed Orefors Vase
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Signed Orefors Vase
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Signed Orrefors Decanter
Oct 16, 1:00 PM EDT
A Signed Orrefors Decanter
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
A Large Signed Orrefors Bowl
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
A Large Signed Orrefors Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids
An Orrefors Decanter
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
An Orrefors Decanter
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
An Orrefors, Sweden Glass Fish
Oct 17, 1:00 PM EDT
An Orrefors, Sweden Glass Fish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $50- $500
$500 Bids

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Henry's Auktionshaus AG