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Offline horochar

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Scandi Bottle - Who Made Me?
« on: May 06, 2006, 03:03:08 PM »
Here's a large bottle that I assume is Scandinavian, circa mid to late 1960s.  Anyone know who designed and made it?  Boda?  Holmegaard?
Thanks,
Charles.

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 05:35:41 PM »
hmmm it looks Holmegaard to me - the shape of the bottle reminiscent of the Gulvases (although not the rim).  I've also seen this shade of green from Holmegaard and the base looks right - that would be my guess anyway for what it's worth.

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 10:57:01 PM »
I'm pretty confident it's Swedish or Danish, not Italian and not intended to be used for food.  It was carefully hand blown, with the feel of reasonably high quality glass, not throwaway glass.  I do have a smaller version of this in clear, that was purchased a a different time, so I think this is a production piece and not studio glass.

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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2006, 05:50:24 AM »
It looks Italian to me also. This colour is quite common across a lot of Euopean glassmakers, but the shape I associate with Italian glass.

When did Italy become so readily associated with shoddy glass? :lol: I've had more than a few quality pieces of Italian glass in the past - sometimes better finished than Scandi glass.

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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2006, 06:09:08 AM »
Italian glass is great.  I collect it, too.  My comment about throw-away glass was addressed to function and not country of origin.  I don't believe this is the sort of glass that would come filled with olive oil (even at Fortnum & Masons)!  If this is Italian, I'd assume it's from Empoli rather than Murano.

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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2006, 06:35:20 AM »
You'd be surprised at what kind of glass was used in very functional ways in its time - a lot of the very collectable designer-attributable hand-blown Holmegaard decanters were originally used by alcohol manufacturers to bottle their booze in for general sale. Occasionally ones with their original contents labels (and original contents!) come onto the market.

Like so, with this 1971 designed decanter by Hjørdis Olsson & Charlotte Rude for Holmegaard:

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« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2006, 06:45:46 AM »
So why am I thinking Germany? Is it because it is halfway between Denmark and Italy?

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2006, 07:05:58 AM »
Yes, we'll call it a German piece and call it a day.  Interesting to see on the Holmegaard piece that they advertised "Holmegaard" right on the cardboard box.  Obviously the bottle was meant to be re-used as a decanter when the contents were consumed.  Unlike a fine Bordeaux, though, strawberry liqueur doesn't appear to improve with age  :wink:  A little on the brown side.

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