If it wasn’t for the dedicated people behind Glasrikets Skatter the collected treasures of Orrefors glassworks would have been dispersed over the world and the documentation of a rich history spanning over a century would have been lost forever. In 2009 the owners of the glassworks where struggling to balance their financial sheets and decided to sell the company’s archive to raise funds. A group of locals understood the importance of the collection as a manifest to creativity and craft and the loss the collections dispersing would mean both culturally and historically. In an act of stubborn determination they decided to make sure this would not happen. Hard negotiations with the owners followed and a deal was reached.
Glassrikets Skatter is made up by private people and businesses alike, with some taking out personal loans to guaranty the deal. The collection was bought in its entirely and remains intact. Something we should all be grateful for. This exhibition offers an insight into the creative work of two of Orrefors biggest designers; Simon Gate and Edward Hald.The pair reached international fame at the Paris Exhibition of 1925 where Orrefors presented at the Swedish Pavilion. Designs in the neoclassical expression, with clean lines and detailed engravings with references to antiquity, spellbound critics and public alike.