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Title: Sweden? Compote bowl with controlled bubble base.
Post by: Nordic-NZ on February 18, 2006, 05:53:25 AM
I like this elegant compote-style footed bowl in thin brown-smoke crystal, with a controlled-bubble base.
My interest is Scandinavian glass, and I see some resemblance to an Aseda bowl in Fletch's Aseda album, also some Kosta footed bowls are of similar style.  The seller thought that it could be Finnish Nuutajarvi, based on the controlled bubble work that they used to do, but it seems unlikely.  Any thoughts would be welcome, as we don't get many opportunities for comparisons down here in New Zealand.  Thanks, John. :shock:
Title: Sweden? Compote bowl with controlled bubble base.
Post by: bubbles on February 18, 2006, 08:49:02 PM
Hi John,
Welcome!   :D  Could you take a quick look at my site (below) at the bubble styles and tell me which style your bowl most resembles.  Also is the bottom of the base smooth or roughly finished and is it flat or slightly concave?   I must admit although I have hundreds of bubble based bud vases the shape doesn't look very familiar to me.  I can see one circle on the bottom in the middle is that the only mark?  A picture of the base showing the bubbles clearly may help.   :)
Title: those controlled bubbles
Post by: Nordic-NZ on February 18, 2006, 10:55:54 PM
Thanks for the comments and welcome,
I have been watching and reading here and elsewhere for some time.
The glass disease has been incubating for many years, and it started to break out during 3 months around Europe on an Eurailpass in 1994, with brief time in Scandinavia (including a stay at Riihimaki). A month driving around southern Sweden in 2000 included a visit to 6 Smáland glassworks, and purchases at Málerás, and looking through galleries and antique/junk shops in obscure places. Lately, every time that I consider that the Swedish collection is large enough, another temptation shows up!
Difficult photographing such a clear and reflective bowl foot, but finally did it in Macro mode. An ISP that blocks Yobunny is not very friendly, Christine.
Bubble pattern is a right-hand spiral, Pat, underside does not seem to be ground or polished, slight circular pattern as though the hot glass had been smoothed while being rotated or spun, small circle in centre does not look like a ground-off pontil.
I thought that I might be able to paste a reduced size composite picture here, but looks as though I will have to place it in the Yobunny site and link it.
Title: Sweden? Compote bowl with controlled bubble base.
Post by: Della on February 18, 2006, 11:14:25 PM
Hi John and welcome.

You can post a picture using tinypic, instructions also in sticky. The only problem is that they disappear after a while. You can also post a photo directly, still using yobunny, by copying and pasting the link in properties of the actual photo. This is a problem for some members too, as their computers cannot handle large photos.

For you Christine;

I must say, I love Scandi glass too.  :lol:  :lol:
I can't help identify this one though, sorry. :cry:
Title: bubbling over
Post by: Nordic-NZ on February 18, 2006, 11:38:52 PM
Thanks Della.

Just an experiment in linking a composite picture with Macros of the base bubbles and underside. Size of the bowl is 130mm high x 180mm wide.

I will be posting more identified and unidentified pieces as time goes on, sometimes the identifed pieces can be of help to others.
Regards, John.
Title: Sweden? Compote bowl with controlled bubble base.
Post by: bubbles on February 19, 2006, 09:34:11 PM
Thanks for the extra pictures John.  Sadly after comparing the bases I have to say that it does not match anything I have in my collection.  The nearest match is the base of this vase, which I haven't managed to identify yet, but that has a twisted lobed base and no bubbles to compare.

A similar base is this Chinese vase, but the finish is quite rough, and the bubbles are small with a lefthand twist.

I hope you manage to identify your bowl.  That smokey colour is a popular Scandinavian colour, but sticking my neck out my gut feeling is that it is not Swedish, but I can't say why.  I hope I am wrong, it is nice though.
Title: no further ahead
Post by: Nordic-NZ on February 22, 2006, 10:46:48 PM
Thanks for your thoughts, Pat.
Seems to me to be a textbook identification task, as to how I have looked at each aspect in turn.  First, the crystal glass quality, which is excellent.
Then, the good workmanship. Next, the smoke-glass colour, brown almost into mauve tint, not amber.  The fine bubble pattern, and lastly the smoothed base without obvious pontil marks.
If I ever come up with further identification clues, or find something similar, it will have to be a combination of all of these.  Meantime, I enjoy looking at it.