Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48
Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48

Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48

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This incredible, enormous bowl was hand crafted in Sweden of a burl from a silver birch tree. It is an example of träslöjd, traditional Swedish woodworking, with wonderful figured grain, deep color and a natural, unlacquered finish. The form is uncommon, in that the swooping bowl is attached to another long piece of burl that serves as the pedestal, elevating the bowl for a dramatic profile. The bowl is signed on the bottom of the pedestal, burned into the wood:
Hans Thörnvall
Björk {Swedish for 'birch'}
48
Our information is that Hans Thörnvall lived in Herrljunga in western Sweden.

This piece is 17 inches long and 9 inches front to back. The height varies from 8 1/2 inches at one end to 5 inches at the other and it weighs 3 3/4 pounds. It is in excellent condition and a visually stunning addition to any interior.

Here's a link to an amazing black and white video filmed in 1923 that shows Swedish woodworking:
http://thekidshouldseethis.com/post/62813896302

Here is another link, this one to information and a photo of a natural birch burl:
http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-a-burr-or-burl-on-the-trunk-of-a-silver-birch-tree-12249264.html

Note: There are a few silver birch burl bowls for sale on the internet--on 1st Dibs, for example.

© Linda Henrich

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