Swedish Burl Pedestal Bowl of Silver Birch Signed and Dated '48 – Primping Your Home

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.

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