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Title: Decanter with top
Name: Decanter with top
Date: c. 1920s
Medium: Crystal glass
Country/Culture: Swedish
Dimensions: 8 × 4 in. (20.3 × 10.2 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Edith Deimer Lagerstrom estate. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: 92.508ab
More Information
Edward Hald was originally a painter and pottery designer from Stockholm, but in 1917 he joined Orrefors Glasbruk A-B, a leading glasshouse in Orrefors, Sweden, to pursue glassmaking. Hald was employed specifically to design new items, and his collaboration with Simon Gate at Orrefors created cased glass for which the Swedish factory became renowned.

This unique decanter was designed by Edward Hald and hand-etched for his nephew, Torsten Lagerstrom and new bride Edith as a wedding gift. The Lagerstroms were of Swedish nobility with a long history of naval service. Therefore, it was appropriate that Hald designed the decanter with seascape motifs. The musical verse on one side of the decanter represents a song that was sung by the family before venturing out to sea.