Vase ”Christmas Cactus”
  • Vase ”Christmas Cactus”

    TitleVase ”Christmas Cactus”
  • Technique/ MaterialMarqueterie glass
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x diam) 17 x 14 cm
  • DatingMade 1901-02
  • Artist/Maker Designer: Betzy Ählström, Swedish, born 1857, dead 1934
    Manufacturer: Reijmyre glasbruk, Reijmyre, Sweden
  • CategoryApplied art and design, Glass
  • ClassificationVase
  • Inventory No.NMK 230/2015
  • AcquisitionPurchase 2015 Anna and Ferdinand Boberg Fund
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1434 1870-1900
  • Collection Nytt i samlingarna
  • Description
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    This vase was made using a costly technique, marqueterie de verre, that involves rolling the partly inflated mass of hot glass in crushed glass and then reheating it. Further decoration in the form of applied, pre-shaped pieces of glass can be added to heighten the effect. Betzy Ählström was one of Sweden’s first female glass designers, working for the Reijmyre factory. At the Turin Exhibition of 1902, Reijmyre showed a number of unique pieces that won acclaim in the international press.