Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare

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Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare
Kosta Boda Glass Glass Bertil Vallien for Kosta Boda Duo: Blue Rainbow Vase and Blue Starlight Palette Lidded Pot, Rare

This elegantly ethereal duo of handblown Swedish art glass miniatures is by Bertil Vallien, (b. 1938 - ), internationally celebrated Swedish glass artist, sculptor, ceramist, and designer for Kosta Boda, one of Sweden's leading glassworks.

Those familiar with the process of hand-blowing or hot working glass will know that glass needs to reach 1,320 °C (2,400 °F) to melt and even the working temperature is 1,090 °C (2,000 °F). This knowledge helps to appreciate the care, effort, and skill required to create these miniature works of art glass.

The blue pipe vase bearing the signature winding stripes is from Vallien's Rainbow series, designed in the 1980s. However, it is created in the uncommon and translucent Pale Powdered blue with traces of a golden-sand toned frit glass interwoven into the body.

The lidded pot is even more unusual and has not been attributable to a series, though it is a Vallien signed piece with its original label intact. The body and lid are also in an airy, Pale Powdered blue tone, very similar to the tone used in Vallien's Starlight series. The piece is finished with a clear curl finial on the lid.

Both pieces carry labels that display the parent company of Kosta Boda AB, this name came into use in 1976 before changing to Orrefors Kosta Boda AB in 1989.

CONDITION
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs, please see photos as they form part of the condition report.
- Blue Rainbow Vase - the piece is inscribed with "BODA, ARTIST COL, B VALLIEN, 48282"
- Starlight Blue Lidded pot - the piece is inscribed with "Kosta Boda, B Vallien"

MEASUREMENTS
- Blue Rainbow Vase: Height: c. 2.5" / 6.3 cm x c. 1.8" / 4.6 cm rim diameter. Base diameter: c. 1.3" / 3.2 cm.
- Starlight Blue Lidded pot: Height: c. 4.1" / 10.5 cm (including lid). Diameter: c. 2.3" / 5.9 cm.
Unpackaged weight [all pieces]: c. 0.2 kg / 225 g

NOTES
Duo will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY
Born 1938, Bertil Vallien was only 15 when he left home, drawn by the allure of the big city. After a series of occasional jobs, as a window-dresser at one of the main department stores in Stockholm, and as an apprentice in his father's decorating firm, Vallien would eventually decide to become an artist which would lead him into the world of ceramics. The guidance he received in his early career included that of Stig Lindberg - one of Sweden's foremost designers of ceramic art and one of the leading designers for Rörstrand in the 1970's.

Today, Vallien is one of the most well-known representatives of 20th century Swedish ceramic and art glass design and is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design as well as abroad in the Everson Museum of Art of New York. Vallien's works have only become more collectable over the years with sculptures from his Head and Journey (Boat) series fetching up to $20,000 USD.