This delicious duo of handblown art glass is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), internationally celebrated Swedish glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer. The taller vase is from the collectable 'Wind Pipes' series designed in 1976 and the smaller vase is from another collectable series 'Antikva' designed in 1977, part of The 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, individual to the artist that created them.
The tall, slender pipe vase (model 48173) is one of five designs, this particular piece bears a base that is crafted from a rich Golden Marigold frit glass and finished with a tactile dappling of frit glass specs where the Marigold merges with the Sea-Green neck. The frit glass technique merges fragments of coloured glass in clear glass to create the closely freckled effect, similar to the drifting within a snow-globe.
The Sea-Green striated frit glass neck is blown into the Marigold base, with the twirling of the glass creating a filigrana-like effect. The piece is finished with a bead of blue frit glass.
The swelling gourd bottle vase (model 48008) is also crafted from frit glass, a combination of Grape/Amethyst purple with freckles of Sapphire blue. Blown into the swelling base is the graduated neck of striated blue frit glass, adding elegance and dimension to the simple form.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs. There is mild wear in the form of movement marks on the underside of the bases that is commensurate with the age of the pieces - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The underside of Antikva purple gourd vase is engraved with 'BODA, ARTIST COL, B VALLIEN, 48008' and the Wind Pipes vase is unsigned
- Taller / Windpipes vase. Height: c. 6.9" / 17.5 cm x c. 2.1" / 5.3 cm base diameter.
- Smaller / Antikva vase. Height: c. 2.5" / 6.3 cm x c. 2.2" / 5.6 cm diameter (across widest point).
- Unpackaged weight (both pieces): c. 0.2 kg / 215g
Vases 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.
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.