Smashing piece Bernard. I tend not to look at anything which looks remotely like "smoke" as it doesn't fit with my decor (yes a factor in my collecting - sorry !!!) and doesn't seem to sell well.
But this piece has more than a touch of class about it and slate blue seems correct eventho I've never seen that term used as a glass color description before.
OK so its Kosta, but I'm not necessarily impressed by ALL Kosta. And its's Elis Bergh but I have to admit here that altho I've seen the name, I know nothing about him or his work.
Judging by the separate category he warrants in Haanstra A-Z Glass I would have thought an important designer ? But a quick google brings forth very little in info or pics. Why the separate category Ivo ?
Info for those interested (a patchwork of factoids)
Elis Bergh - Hagbard Elias (Elis) Bergh (1881-1954)
Schwedischer Graphiker, Zeichner, Glask√ľnstler, Silberschmied und Architekt, Stockholm (born presumably) 17.4.1881 Link√∂ping
Kosta Glasbruk, Sm√•land, Sweden
Artists hired as designers: Elis Bergh (1927-c 1960)
Elis Bergh war von 1929 - 1950 k√ľnstlerischer Leiter (chief designer / artistic director ? ) von Kosta Boda.
The Kosta-Reijynyre factory in Smaland produces an outstanding cut glass. It is here that the unusual and elegant cut crystal of the artist Elis Bergh is created. Literatur: Vgl. Helmut Ricke, Ulrich Gronert, Glas in Schweden 1915 - 1960, M√ľnchen 1986, Abb. S. 199, Nr. 330; vgl. Bernd Polster (Hg.), Design-Lexikon Skandinavien, K√∂ln 1999, Abb. S. 245, unten rechts.
I was surprised to note "Sold at online auction for $46.00" at Gareth's link for this piece. Seems like a bargain to me ! So much for a signature premium then ! (Not) and so much for a Elis Begh premium it would seem ! [zero]
Most of the pics of his work I have found are engraved cut glass - not a market favorite and it would seem that Offefors had the upper hand design wise in the inter-war years.
Gate & Hald warrent lengthy mentions in Dormer's 20th Century Designers, but Bergh not. So I gather not considered influental or important ? Is this the reason for the low price ? Or just a "bad hair" day ?
Just curious ! Either way I still like it.