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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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Art Deco Etched Vase By Simon Gate For Orrefors
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Art Deco Etched Vase By Simon Gate For Orrefors
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
ORREFORS Art Deco Nudes Chalice by Simon Gate (Swedish 1883-1945)
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
ORREFORS Art Deco Nudes Chalice by Simon Gate (Swedish 1883-1945)
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $1,000
$1001 Bid
(3) Sets hand-painted floral glassware
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
(3) Sets hand-painted floral glassware
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Orrefors Crystal Vase
Feb 29, 10:00 AM EST
Orrefors Crystal Vase
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Orrefors Blue Art Glass Dish 3753/5
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Orrefors Blue Art Glass Dish 3753/5
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
Simon Gates Thousand Windows Bowl For Orrefors
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Simon Gates Thousand Windows Bowl For Orrefors
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Orrefors Cut Glass Collection Lot
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Orrefors Cut Glass Collection Lot
by Premier Auction Galleries
Est: $20- $40
$100 Bids
ORREFORS ART GLASS COBALT BLUE CLEAR BOWL LARS HELLSTEN
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
ORREFORS ART GLASS COBALT BLUE CLEAR BOWL LARS HELLSTEN
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
Orrefors "Romeo & Juliet" Crystal Decanter
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Orrefors "Romeo & Juliet" Crystal Decanter
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Orrefors "Illusion" Crystal Wine Glasses
Mar 07, 6:00 PM EST
Orrefors "Illusion" Crystal Wine Glasses
by Orion Antiques
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
OLLE ALBERIUS (Sweden, 1926-1993), for Orrefors Large vase "Ariel Cloud", 1987. Thick glass in blue, different shades.
Mar 07, 11:30 AM CET
OLLE ALBERIUS (Sweden, 1926-1993), for Orrefors Large vase "Ariel Cloud", 1987. Thick glass in blue, different shades.
by Setdart Auction House
Est: €1,200- €1,500
€7000 Bids
SVEN PALMQVIST, VASE 'KRAKA 349', C. 1954
Mar 19, 6:30 PM CET
SVEN PALMQVIST, VASE 'KRAKA 349', C. 1954
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €350- €400
€3000 Bids
Orrefors Crystal Sculpted Vase
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
Orrefors Crystal Sculpted Vase
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
2 Orrefors Vases
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
2 Orrefors Vases
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
SVEN PALMQVIST, 'RAVENNA' BOWL, C. 1955
Mar 19, 6:30 PM CET
SVEN PALMQVIST, 'RAVENNA' BOWL, C. 1955
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €400- €500
€3500 Bids
PAIR OF ORREFORS CRYSTAL CUT CANDLE LANTERNS
Mar 01, 1:30 PM PST
PAIR OF ORREFORS CRYSTAL CUT CANDLE LANTERNS
by Auction Plus, Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
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Orrefors Sweden Glass Decorative Bowl
Mar 07, 2:00 PM EST
Orrefors Sweden Glass Decorative Bowl
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Orrefors Crystal Bowl, Corona
Mar 07, 2:00 PM EST
Orrefors Crystal Bowl, Corona
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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Orrefors Crystal Triangle Candleholder
Mar 07, 2:00 PM EST
Orrefors Crystal Triangle Candleholder
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
A MID 20TH CENTURY SWEDISH ORREFORS GUNNAR CYREN GLASS BOWL
Feb 28, 9:30 AM GMT
A MID 20TH CENTURY SWEDISH ORREFORS GUNNAR CYREN GLASS BOWL
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £40- £70
£200 Bids
Orrefors Swedish Art Glass Vase and Bowl 2pc LOT
Feb 28, 12:00 PM EST
Orrefors Swedish Art Glass Vase and Bowl 2pc LOT
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
LARS HELLSTEN ORREFORS SWEDEN EXPO ART GLASS VASE SIGNED
Mar 10, 10:00 AM PST
LARS HELLSTEN ORREFORS SWEDEN EXPO ART GLASS VASE SIGNED
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
A Swedish glass table centrepiece with geometric decoration by Orrefors
Feb 29, 6:00 PM CET
A Swedish glass table centrepiece with geometric decoration by Orrefors
by Greco Subastas
Est: €150- €200
€1500 Bids
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Vintage Orrefors Crystal Etched Vase
Mar 10, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Orrefors Crystal Etched Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids

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