Åseda Glasbruk, Bo Borgström - Swedish Art Glass August 29 2015, 3 Comments
Åseda Glasbruk - stunning Swedish art glass, colourful and exquisitely crafted. It's distinct because of its varied unusual shapes and heavy, ornate bases. If you know Åseda then you know exactly what I'm talking about!
Many of their pieces include vases, pitchers, coupes and bowls with this thick, curvaceous segmented base.
In this particular cocktail set the base of the pitcher is actually hollowed out while the cordials have a solid glass base to the nape of the cordial bowl.Bo Borgström was the main designer behind these unique pieces, joining the Åseda team in 1955 until Åseda ceased production and closed its doors in 1977. In our last post we featured a piece we thought was potentially a Bo Borgström design, but as it turns out is likely to be a SEA Glasbruk piece. Åseda's glasswork is often unsigned, being identified only by a sticker with their name on it.
It's not uncommon for Åseda pieces to be mistaken as Seda Glasbruk, and ironically this actually has to do with the sticker design. Åseda's "A" has been stylized as glassblower's tools, and though this is a cleverly designed graphic, it is often overlooked as part of the actual text in the name.
In the end Åseda Glasbruk isn't alone when it comes to mistaken identity. In the early 20th century Scandinavia was at the core of glass production with Sweden in the forefront. Swedish glasswork was innovative and cutting edge in a large community of glasswork crafting.
The strong art glass niche Sweden carved early in the 20th century had much to do with their stable economy and pioneering ways, yet Sweden's most collectible art glass is in their vintage postwar pieces. The influx of beautifully designed, blown and unmarked Scandinavian pieces around this time led to the confusion in glasswork identity. And this is true for Åseda Glasbruk pieces too, even though by this time there was no doubt that Bo Borgström had arrived!
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