Profile image of an expertly engraved Erik Höglund vase featuring three fun beasts and a geometric carnival-like pattern.
Top view of an Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase, each of the three muscular terrifying but funny animals has been engraved by hand by the expert craftspeople at the Boda glassworks, Sweden, in the 1950s.
A rotund barrel shaped muscular beast engraved by hand into an organically shaped crystal clear vase. Both the idiosyncratically shaped vase and engraved scene designed by Scandinavian designer Erik Höglund.
Side shot showing an elaborately engraved mystical animal on the side of a beehive shaped vase both elements designed by leading 20th century Swedish designer Erik Höglund around 1955.
An Erik Höglund engraved vase, the organic shape of the vessel is inspired by the essential shapes found in ancient vessels. Contrasting the fluid shape of the vase's body is the geometric bunting pattern at the top and bottom.
A rare and early Erik Höglund vase featuring strange animals including a horse or donkey like creature with its tongue hanging out. Made at Boda 1955.
1950s Erik Höglund vase designed for and made by Boda Glassworks in Sweden in the mid-twentieth century.
Erik Höglund designed vase featuring a highly original hand etched design drawn by Erik Höglund.
A Swedish clear glass vase engraved with the weird and wonderful designs of Erik Höglund, this early piece dates from circa 1955.
An Erik Höglund vase featuring an engraved pattern and group of mythological beastly animals, super strange Swedish design from the 1950s.
A long cat or lion like creature engraved into the side of a Modernist organic Scandinavian vase designed by Erik Höglund, c. 1955.
A beehive shaped clear glass vase designed by Erik Höglund, engraved pattern also by Erik Höglund. This is a rare early piece and arguably some of his best work!
Close up of the face of a mythical Swedish or Scandinavian animal designed by Erik Höglund and etched by hand at the boda factory, Sweden, circa 1955.
Top view showing the undulating rim of this thick walled clear glass vase designed by Erik Höglund. The shape is inspired by ancient Scandinavian vessels and tools.
Detail showing the natural irregular rim of an Erik Höglund designed flower vase. This rare and early example of Erik Höglund's engraved work is for sale in London and available to view by appointment.
Detail of the geometric pattern etched into the shoulder of an early Erik Höglund vase. The shapes are reminiscent of carnival bunting. Possible Midsummer Midsommar festival reference.
Close up of the face of one of Erik Höglund's animals. Rather than being pressed, this beast is hand engraved. Made by Boda Glassworks, Sweden, 1955.
An early Erik Höglund engraved glass design made by Boda Glassworks factory, Sweden, in the mid-1950s. Worldwide shipping available.
Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase
Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase
Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase
Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase
Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase
Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase

Erik Höglund Engraved Beasts Vase

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A rare engraved vase designed by Erik Höglund for Boda, Sweden, circa 1955. 

The domed, beehive shape of this engraved vase is evocative of an ancient dwelling. The form has been hand decorated with geometric tribal patterns, and features a band of three playfully terrifying imaginary beasts. These large animals are each entirely individual and convey their own personalities. One barrel-bodied creature grazes on grass, whilst an elongated and muscular feline stares out towards you. The third creature is horse-like, with a long tail, and from its mouth dangles a tongue.

The charming idiosyncratic characters that often feature in the work of Erik Höglund are nowhere better exampled than on his wheel-engraved pieces. These illustrative works often feature simplistic figures, primordial beasts and ancient geometric patterns, all roughly grazed into the surface of the glass in a free and expressionistic manner.

Erik Höglund developed his distinct style during the 1950's, taking inspiration from simple shapes & primordial forms. His work was often figural, and can be described as abstract, rustic and honest.

The popularity of Erik Höglund's highly individual works in glass reached a sensational peak during the 1960's. Much of his work, along with Höglund himself, have become enduring icons of Swedish modernism.

Designer: Erik Höglund

Manufacturer: Boda

Year of Design: C.1955

Dates Produced: C. 1955

Colour: Clear

Height: 14.5 cm, Diameter: 10 cm

Condition: Perfect

Branding: Hand etched with ‘Boda H.292/1157'