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Orrefors Amor Vincit Omnia Champagne Coupe Pair

Orrefors Amor Vincit Omnia Champagne Coupe Pair

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Orrefors Amor Vincit Omnia Champagne Coupe Pair
In her first collection for Orrefors, illustrious designer Efva Attling created a romantic classic. With
stems encircled by silver rings engraved in the Latin for Love Conquers All, Amor Vincit Omnia is
perfect as a bridal or wedding gift, or for an anniversary, or any loving relationship. The collection
includes two styles of champagne glass and a martini. Amor Vincit Omnia is unique in the world of
crystal design as a collectible and as a gift.
Put on the ritz with this classy pair of coupe-style Champagne stems from Orrefors. Low and broad
with a slight curve at the lip, the sparkling crystal bowls also look 'de-lovely' holding a martini or even a
scoop of sorbet and fresh berries for dessert. Encircling each graceful stem is a silver ring, inscribed
with the phrase, "Amor Vincit Omnia," Latin for love conquers all, along with the signature of the
Swedish designer, Efva Attling. Each coupe holds seven ounces and stands 4-1/2 inches tall. The pair
makes an excellent wedding or anniversary gift, especially since it comes couched in a tantalizing
gift-box that is both lined and covered with satin. Amor Vincit Omnia is Attling's first collection for
Orrefors, whose master glassblowers hand-make each piece at the renowned Swedish glassworks.
The lead-free crystal collection also includes a wine glass, martini cone, and cylindrical flute, all
designed for the contemporary romantic. To protect the delicate stem and keep the crystal brilliant, the
Amor glasses should be carefully washed and dried by hand. --Ann Bieri From the Manufacturer
About the Designer: Efva Attling made her first piece of jewelry when she was 11. At the age of 16
she was taken on as a pupil at one of Sweden's foremost silversmiths. After a 12-year career as a
model for Eileen Ford, and then as a singer and songwriter, she once again turned her attention to
design. She produced clothes for Levi's, H & M, and her own brand, Pretty Pregnant, as well as
sunglasses for Scandinavian Eyewear. Since 1996 she has been designing jewelry for her own Efva
Attling Stockholm brand. The Amor Vincit Omnia stemware series is her first collection for Orrefors.
With her innate sense of style, Attling has succeeded in bringing a modern silver idiom to the venerable
tradition of Swedish glassmaking.
About the Kosta Boda: With characteristic craftsmanship
and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses in the world. The
company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors each have exciting individual
stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps of
designers currently on retainer at Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and art glass. Glass results
from a great many meetings between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers of glass. The artists of
Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation
between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers
are to transfer their intentions to the glass.The History of Kosta Boda: Kosta, the parent glassworks
of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a fascinating history that
forms a valuable part of Swedish cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded in 1742 by the
governors of the counties of Kronoberg and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg Bogislaus Stael von
Holstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva,
among others. The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I
and modeled it on Continental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of
Småland, on a site midway between the two country towns, and near a village that was then known
as DÃ¥fvedshult. The main reason for choosing this location was the unlimited availability of wood.
Enormous quantities of wood were naturally required to keep the glassmaking furnaces burning day
and night. Both of the founders wanted their names to be remembered, so the works was christened
Kosta, from the initial letters--Ko and Sta--of the surnames of both the Carolinian generals. After a time
the entire community was renamed after the growing glassworks. During the first 150 years, the
glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass, including window glass for the building of Tessin's
Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal household, and chandeliers for churches. The first
glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from Böhmen. They became the founding fathers of the
glassblowing families, which passed down craft skills from generation to generation. Swedish sand was
used to manufacture crystal glass, but nowadays pure silica sand is imported from Belgium, since the
Swedish sand contains iron oxide that gives the glass a green tinge. Under the management of glass
masters from Kosta, a succession of glassworks sprang up in the forests of Småland in the regions
around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta therefore has good reason to call itself the parent works of the
entire Swedish Kingdom of Crystal. Until the end of the 19th century, the glass from Kosta was
designed by the glassblowers themselves. At the Stockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was
criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which led to the idea of enlisting designers and artists in
production. The first designer to be employed by Kosta was Gunnar Wennerberg. The year was 1898.
Ever since then a large number of artists and designers have enriched the glassmaking tradition of the
works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta Boda has a unique right to describe itself as an art
industry, in which designers and craftspeople work closely together in the ongoing development of
handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of individual artistic expression and the free and
uninhibited creative process have become the distinguishing characteristics of the Kosta Boda brand.
In addition to the parent works in Kosta, Kosta Boda today includes the two "daughter works" of Boda
(founded in 1864) and Ã…fors (founded in 1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda
and Ã…fors were originally relatively simple glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda
experienced a period of glory in the 1960s and 1970s, under the innovative and dynamic artistic
leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried on by Kjell Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors
has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with
Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a renaissance to the small glassworks and local community.
In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former competitor Orrefors. Orrefors/Kosta Boda was in turn
acquired by the Danish company Royal Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group Royal Scandinavia
was formed. The group also includes Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard. Colorful,
handmade art glass from the works in Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors have made Kosta Boda one of
Sweden's strongest brands and one of the world's leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is
sold all over the world. Roughly 50 percent of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the
biggest markets in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living
tradition of craftsmanship developed in the glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors, is a heritage that
every Swede has a right to feel proud of.Taking Care of Kosta Boda Pieces: Handmade and
hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand in hot
water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually
destroy the luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about the same temperature as you washed it in. To
avoid cracking the glass, make sure you do not expose it to excessive temperature differences. To
avoid lines, dry with a soft cloth that won't shed lint. The edge of the glass is its most fragile part. When
you put the glass back in the cupboard, stand it on its foot and make sure the edge does not come into
contact with other glasses or objects.The Mark or Signature on Kosta Boda Pieces: Products are
marked with the words Kosta Boda, the name of the artist, and the article number (seven digits).
Painted pieces are signed with a painted signature with the designer's and the painter's initials.

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