I was at my neighborhood Goodwill a few days ago with a girlfriend. We were scouting for Christmasy-looking china or glass plates for less than $3. She wanted them for gifting home-made cookies and fudge to friends and family. (We found her three or four, including one I found for her that was ivory, hand-painted china decorated in 24K gold with a Christmas tree relief--score!)
We were just about to leave when I spotted this beauty sitting on a sunny shelf.
A foot and a half tall, with a cobalt-blue base rising to a sky blue in the neck, then back to a medium blue at the lip:
I picked it up--it was surprisingly heavy--and was thrilled to find it was only $5.99!
But what was its story? Who made it? I found this tiny sticker near the bottom:
Handmade, huh? And from Norway! Even if the sticker were to fall off, it had these marks stamped in the bottom:
It was filthy....
But I knew some elbow grease, a lintless white rag, and this stuff would take care of the grime:
Here is a lip-down view of this remarkable vase, right before I got to work cleaning it up:
A quick check on the Internet, and I learned that Magnor has been making gorgeous glass near Oslo for more than a century. Here are a few of their beautiful offerings, lifted from their website:
These beauties are supposed to resemble the churning surf. I want all three!
And I am thrilled with it!