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Orrefors was founded in Sweden in 1898 by Johnan August Samuelson. In 1913 it was bought by Johan Eckman, and ran by Albert Ahlin. Orrefors was bought by Henning Beyer in 1946, and was run by his family until 1971. Orrefors bought out many of its rival glass companies, including Alsterfors, Flygsfors, Strombergshyttan, Gullaskruf, and Kosta Boda. Glass designers who have worked at Orrefors over the years include Sven Palmqvist, Nils Landberg, Vicke Lindstrand, Ingeborg Lundin, and Gunnar Cyren. Orrefors became Orrefors Kosta Boda in 1990, and joined The Royal Scandinavia Group in 1997.

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Orrefors smokey grey glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base Orrefors smokey grey glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base Orrefors blue glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base Orrefors blue glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base
Orrefors smokey grey glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base. Orrefors blue glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base.

Orrefors blue glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base Orrefors blue glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base Orrefors green glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base Orrefors green glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base
Orrefors blue glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base. Orrefors green glass 'Fuga' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, marked to base.

Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base
Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base. Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base.

Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base. Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base. Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base. Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base.
Orrefors opalescent glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base.

Orrefors clear glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors clear glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors clear glass 'Polaris' bowl, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, signed to base Orrefors clear glass 'Polaris' bowl, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, signed to base
Orrefors clear glass 'Selena' bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base. Orrefors clear glass 'Polaris' bowl, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, signed to base.

Orrefors cranberry glass bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors cranberry glass bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base Orrefors clear glass pin dish, pattern number N3024, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled Orrefors clear glass pin dish, pattern number N3024, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled
Orrefors cranberry glass bowl, designed by Sven Palmqvist, signed to base. Orrefors clear glass pin dish, pattern number N3024, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled.

Orrefors smokey amber glass bowl, labelled. Orrefors smokey amber glass bowl, labelled. Orrefors smokey amber glass bowl, labelled. Orrefors smokey amber glass bowl, labelled.
Orrefors smokey amber glass bowl, labelled.

Orrefors clear glass 'Nimbus' candlestick holder, designed by Berit Johansson, marked to base + labelled. Orrefors clear glass 'Nimbus' candlestick holder, designed by Berit Johansson, marked to base + labelled. Orrefors clear glass 'Nimbus' candlestick holder, designed by Berit Johansson, marked to base + labelled. Orrefors clear glass 'Nimbus' candlestick holder, designed by Berit Johansson, marked to base + labelled.
Orrefors clear glass 'Nimbus' candlestick holder, designed by Berit Johansson, marked to base + labelled.

Set of 3 Orrefors white glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Orrefors white glass 'Eternell' candlestick holder, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Orrefors white glass 'Eternell' candlestick holder, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Orrefors white glass 'Eternell' candlestick holder, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled.
Set of 3 Orrefors white glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Orrefors white glass 'Eternell' candlestick holder, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled.

Pair of Orrefors orange glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Pair of Orrefors orange glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Pair of Orrefors orange glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled. Pair of Orrefors orange glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled.
Pair of Orrefors orange glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén, labelled.

Set of 3 Orrefors blue glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén. Set of 3 Orrefors blue glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén. Set of 3 Orrefors blue glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén. Set of 3 Orrefors blue glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén.
Set of 3 Orrefors blue glass 'Eternell' candlestick holders, designed by Owe Elvén.

Orrefors Swedish smokey grey glass vase, labelled. Orrefors Swedish smokey grey glass vase, labelled. Orrefors Swedish smokey grey glass vase, labelled. Orrefors Swedish smokey grey glass vase, labelled.
Orrefors Swedish smokey grey glass vase, labelled.

Orrefors opaque white glass 'Pastillo' bowl, designed by Lena Bergstrom, labelled, marked to base and boxed. Orrefors opaque white glass 'Pastillo' bowl, designed by Lena Bergstrom, labelled, marked to base and boxed. Orrefors opaque white glass 'Pastillo' bowl, designed by Lena Bergstrom, labelled, marked to base and boxed. Orrefors opaque white glass 'Pastillo' bowl, designed by Lena Bergstrom, labelled, marked to base and boxed.
Orrefors opaque white glass 'Pastillo' bowl, designed by Lena Bergstrom, labelled, marked to base and boxed.

Orrefors cranberry red + blue glass 'Expo' vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed to base Orrefors cranberry red + blue glass 'Expo' vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed to base Orrefors clear glass vase, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, signed and labelled Orrefors clear glass vase, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, signed and labelled
Orrefors cranberry red + blue glass 'Expo' vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed to base. Orrefors clear glass vase, designed by Vicke Lindstrand, signed and labelled.

Orrefors smokey grey glass vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled Orrefors smokey grey glass vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled Orrefors smokey grey glass vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled
Orrefors smokey grey glass vase, designed by Nils Landberg, signed and labelled.



        



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References

Books

Scandinavian Glass 1930-2000: Smoke and Ice | ISBN 978-0764316531


Scandinavian Glass 1930-2000: Fire and Sea | ISBN 978-0764324499



20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-0847822539

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