Floral Sunburst, Eda
These lovely vases from the Swedish glassmaker Eda Glasbruks can be found with four different production-line top treatments. (A fifth shape, square, is rumored.) Above are three of them: three small vases in front; a spittoon-shaped in purple, a blue flared, and marigold cupped-in. Behind them are three large flared vases in marigold, blue, and lavender. Below is the fourth shape: a marigold tri-corner, with a second view of the tri-corner from above.

The tri-corner shape is the least often seen shape. Tri-corner photos courtesy of Greg Dilian.

_The maries of all of these Floral Sunburst
_vases have a ground base with a double _recessed, complex star/floral pattern.

Vases

Blue, 7-8 inch, flared, 400 (2012),
   150, 600 (both 2014)

Blue, 7 inch, 600 (2000), 350 (2007)

Blue, 7 inch, cupped in, 140 (2008)

Blue, 7 inch, spittoon shape, 300 (2008), 160 (2012)

Blue, 6-6 1/2 inch, 875 (2004),
   185, 205 (both 2007), 170 (2015), 140 (2016)

Blue, 6 1/2 inch, cupped in, 1,000 (2002),
   1,250 (2003), 450 (2015), 500 (2019), 350 (2020)

Blue, 6 1/2 inch, spittoon shape, 1,900 (2001),
   675 (2005), 625 (2019)

Lavender, 6 inch, flared, 425 (2017)

Lavender, 6 1/2 inch, 400 (2022)

Lavender, 8 inch, 425 (2020)

Marigold, 10 inch, flared, 675 (2001)

Marigold, 8 1/2 inch, 180 (2017)

Marigold, 6 1/2 inch, flared, 225, 350 (both 2002),
   60 (2008)

Marigold, 6 inch, cupped in, 600 (2004), 95 (2016)

Marigold, tricorner top, 950 (2001), 135 (2008)

Marigold, spittoon shape top, 250 (2017)

Pearlized, spittoon shaped, 450 (2002)

Purple, 8 inch, 1,350 (2012)

Here is the "Sunburst" side of the motif. The pattern on these vases is all intaglio--indented rather than raised.

Tusenskona--translates to A Thousand Beauties--was the Swedish name for their pattern. It's a beautifully appropriate name for this pattern, so why do Americans know it as Floral Sunburst? (Other than Tusenskona being a challenge to pronounce.) It was in the early 1990s that a few vases were beginning to surface that were obviously not made by any of the American glassmakers. They were definitely carnival, so where did they come from? In those days, pieces of undetermined attribution "must be English," as England was the only country outside of the US that was known to produce carnival. It wasn't until Glen and Steve Thistlewood's research began several years later that we were even aware of the vast amounts of carnival produced by the rest of the world.

These Swedish vases were among the first of the patterns to surface. Auctioneers were stumped. One or two auction listings for "unknown foreign blue vase" were okay, but there was a limit. I think it was Jim Seeck who named these vases Floral Sunburst. Daisy Spray was also used occasionally. Once the vase had a name, collectors were aware of them, so more were recognized.

Other Eda vases that surfaced later--Kulor, Svea, Half Diamant, Berlin, Rex, Dagny, Six Facett, Nanna, Rekord, Stella, Tokio, Trio, York--are known by their Eda names.

Floral Sunburst is most often found in vases. However, a few bowl shapes have surfaced. Floral Sunburst bowls do not have collar bases, and the sides are straight, but slightly flared, occasionally the top is slightly curved, in or out. Those slightly curved in are sometimes identified as rosebowls; bowls with no additional shaping are sometimes identified as jardinieres. Most bowls are round, some oval. As the basic shape is so different than US bowls, the intended shape is often a puzzle to identify.

There are only a few of these rosebowl whimsies known, all in marigold. One sold for $900 in 1996, one for $725 in 2001, and one for $750 in 2003.

Bowls (the dimension is the diameter of the top)

Blue, 5-inch, 115 (2005), 250 (2002), 50 (2007), 50, 450 (both 2004), 90 (2009)

Blue, 6-inch, 50 (2004), 225 (2002), 80 (2017), 75 (3-inch height) (2020), 165 (2021)

Blue, 8-inch, 175 (2002), 50 (2009)

Blue, 325 (2021)

Marigold, 6-inch, 50 (2004), 55 (2020)

Marigold, 9-inch, 45 (2007)

Marigold, 30 (2008), 160 (2020)

Updated 8/8/2022

Jardinieres
Here is a blue Jardiniere-shaped bowl, 5 inches across and 3 1/2 inches tall. It sold in 2005 for $115. A similar piece in marigold sold in 2008 for $30. Another marigold jardiniere sold in 2017 for $160. In 2020, a blue 6-inch wide jardinere brought $75.

In 2021, a flared Jardinere in blue sold for $325.