a cut "Triton" glass vase, designed and executed at Orrefors ca 1918.
Light green with vertical olive cuts. Height 55 cm.
The vase was a wedding gift in 1918, thence by descent to the present owner.
Östergötlands Länsmuseum, 10/12 1983 -12/2 1984, catalogue, "Simon Gate Edward Hald Glas 1916-1973 Ur Agnes Hellners Orreforssamling". Compare catalogue no 54, p 36.
Literature: Ann–Marie Herlitz-Gezelius, ’Orrefors, Ett Svenskt Glasbruk’, Bokförlaget Atlantis,
Stockholm 1984. Pp 26-27. The young, recently employed Simon Gate was also asked to modernize
even the cut glass. He drew a couple of different models that was given the name 'Triton'
after Carl Milles' fountain containing a bronze clock with similar shape. The Triton model was executed
at Orrefors between 1916–1920.
Simon Gate was a Swedish glass artist, painter, and designer. After studying at the Academy of Arts, he started working at the Orrefors glass factory. Together with the glass artist Edward Hald, he contributed to the glass factory's first international success. From 1916, Simon Gate produced the so-called ’graal’ glass, which master blower Knut Bergqvist further developed from cameo glass. Today, the graal glass pieces from Orrefors are among the most sought-after pieces of art glass among Swedish collectors. Together with Knut Bergqvist, he also created the so-called ’slottsglas’ which have received much attention recently. Simon Gate also became famous for his engraving compositions on the glasses, which were decorated with, among other things, processions and dancing women.Read more