H. (w/cover) 13-3/4, Diam. 4-1/2 inches
(34.9 x 11.4 cm.)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1927
Not on view
In antiquity, urns - covered vases without handles - were conceived as holders for the ashes of the dead. Vases, which could have handles, were used for a variety of purposes: utilitarian, ceremonial, or artistic. Urn and vase shapes have continued to inspire designers ever since. This selection of vases and urns represents an international range of designs made during the Art Deco era.
During the 1910s and 1920s a classical revival dominated Scandinavian design. Danes and Swedes in particular made a push to develop their decorative arts industries, focusing their efforts on elegant and artistically conceived designs that would appeal to middle-class consumers. Stylistic unity characterizes their work, and the movement has come to be known as New Classicism or Nordic (or sometimes more specifically Swedish) Grace.
Signature: (on base) Orrefors. Hald 475.1926/W E (script)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009.