26 June 2007
EDVARD HALD (SWEDISH, 1883-1980)
GIRLS PLAYING BALL, VASE AND UNDERPLATE
1920, for Orrefors, blown glass, wheel-engraved
vase 9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) high (not including underplate), 11¾ in. (30 cm.) diameter underplate
engraved designer's and maker's marks, and dated model number 176/20 (vase), 166(20) 53 (underplate) (2)
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H. Ricke and U. Gronert, Glass in Sweden 1915-1960, Munich, 1986, p. 95, pl. 95 (example illustrated).
D. Ostergard and N. Levine (eds.), The Brilliance of Swedish Glass, 1918-1939, New York, 1996, p. 190, no. 34 (example illustrated).
Hald's training in the studio of Henri Matisse is clearly revealed in the stylistic energy of this design.
The vase was an immediate critical success, and was considerd by many to be a leitmotif of Hald's early work through its transposition of modern subject upon neoclassical form. The design has been added to the permanent collection of numerous museums, to include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the Rohsska Museum in Gothenburg, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, which acquired an example in 1938.
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