This duo of Modernist, handblown Swedish art glass vases is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), celebrated glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer.
The pair are miniatures from the popular 'Rainbow' series. The body's of both pieces has the external layer of tightly freckled white glass, giving them the semi-matte decor.
Overlaid on both sides of each vase are colourful, translucent glass threads, these threads are hand applied, which makes every piece unique.
Excellent, no chips, cracks, flakes or repairs. However, please do refer to photos as they are part of the condition report. Both vases are labelled with the 'BODA, c. KOSTA BODA AB SWEDEN' label.
Oval Vase: The underside of the base is engraved with 'BODA, B VALLIEN, 48223'.
Tube Vase: The underside of the base is engraved with 'BODA, B VALLIEN, 48225'.
Oval Vase: Height: c. 3" / 7.5 cm x c. 3.1" / 8 cm in width x depth: 2.2" / 5.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 175 g
Tube Vase: Height: c. 3.3" / 8.5 cm x c. 2.8" / 7.1 cm in width x depth: 1.8" / 4.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 216 g
Glass 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.
A demonstration of Vallien's sand casting process: https://youtu.be/hjW7qoLvwYw
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.
Valiien'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.