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Post by nickbug on October 2nd 2010, 5:26 pm

Well it's not mine but one that got away. I wasn't going to ask anyone about this as I was cheesed off at not getting it but my curiosity has got the better of me.

The week before last I was staying in Devon for a few days and I visited an auction house in Sidmouth as there was a sale later that week. During my viewing I noticed this big, heavy lump:
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The piece was signed on the bottom with the initials of Olle Alberius, the Orrefors name and mention of an 'Expo'. The estimate was £20 to £40. It was going to be difficult for me to attend the auction and I had few means of doing any research on the piece (not even internet access)while I was away, so I left a bid of £60. I found out later that I was outbid by one other and it sold for £65. I wish I had left a bigger bid but my knowledge is not very good yet and I must admit to not even knowing Olle Alberius' name until I researched it when I got home.

So I am guessing this piece was made for an exhibition and it may be something that never retailed. I have tried finding something about it online but with no success. I suppose I just want to know maybe the age and, of course, whether I missed out on something valuable. Do I need to kick myself?

Sorry the picture is not great but a phone camera and poor light are not a great combination.

Any information would be appreciated.

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Post by Pip on October 3rd 2010, 10:02 am

I'm a big fan of Olle Alberius' ceramics designs for Rorstrand - sadly I know very little about his work in glass. It is documented however that he worked at Orrefors from 1971 until his death in 1993 at the age of 67.

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Post by Davee on October 3rd 2010, 11:45 am

Sorry to hijack the thread, but did you see the Olle Alberius Rorstrand vase I bought a couple of weeks back Pip? I will get some decent pictures and post them in the Rorstrand thread.

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Post by Jakjo on October 3rd 2010, 9:09 pm

nickbug wrote:The piece was signed on the bottom with the initials of Olle Alberius, the Orrefors name and mention of an 'Expo'. ...
So I am guessing this piece was made for an exhibition and it may be something that never retailed. I have tried finding something about it online but with no success. I suppose I just want to know maybe the age and, of course, whether I missed out on something valuable. Do I need to kick myself?...

Hi,
The Expo- items from Orrefors are in a limited edition and often made for exhibitions. They are not unique, but a complete signature on an Expo-item is Orrefors+EXPO+the initial or initials of the designer+number+year. The first Expo-signed item by Olle Alberius is numbered 200-72. (Ref: Kerstin Wickman ed., 1998, Orrefors: Etthundra år av svensk glaskonst, Stockholm: Byggförlaget-Kultur.

Hope this helps!

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Post by nickbug on October 8th 2010, 6:23 pm

Thanks for the replies. I wish now I had written the full number down from the bottom but it wasn't easy to see in the poor light.
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