This abstract expression work of handblown Swedish art glass is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), celebrated glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer.
This piece is from the collectable 'Tornado' series from Boda's 'Artist Collection'. The Artist Collection concept was introduced by Vallien to give glass artists the freedom for personal, creative expression and to remove the 'mass produced' feeling. Pieces are limited edition studio works and individual to the artist that created them. As each piece is handblown, this also makes the final decor of each piece unique.
The exterior of this piece is a lightly translucent Espresso brown that is trimmed with a pearly-golden rim. Within the brown glass is embedded the multitude of brightly coloured strips of 'candy cane' glass, placed at random. The candy canes are coloured in yellow, white, orange and lilac and the whole piece is finished in a rainbow iridescence inside and out.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs, please see photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is engraved with 'BODA, ARTIST COL, B VALLIEN' and the number '58434'. The bowl is also labelled with the 'BODA, ARTIST COLLECTION, SWEDEN label.
Height: c. 3.4" / 8.7 cm x c. 4.7" / 12 cm rim diameter. Base diameter: c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.3 kg / 334 g
The bowl 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.