Kosta Lindstrand "Youth" Very Large 1950s Swedish Vase with Children Running Free, Perfect Gift


This large clear Swedish crystal vase was designed by Vicke Lindstrand and made by Kosta Glassworks (before the Kosta Boda merger). It features an engraved decoration in the form of a young man and woman running naked and free. The exuberance of youth that Lindstrand captured gave the piece its title. The body of the vase has an elliptical shape with a flared rim, and it is signed on the base, Kosta LG 259. The vase measures 10.5" high x 7.75" across x 3" deep, and it weighs about 6 pounds. There is a small swirl mark in the glass, near the base. It does not interfere with the way the vase displays.

The artist, Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) was born in Goteborg, Sweden, and started his career with Orrefors in 1928, where he remained until 1940. The tales of his departure vary, but it is known that he was under an agreement not to work in glass for a decade. Between 1943 and 1950 he became creative leader at Uppsala Ekeby, where he designed many different stoneware objects ranging from pots to figural sculptures. In 1950 he joined Kosta Glasbruk as an artistic director. He was the dominant designer until his retirement in 1973, lending his name to many now classic designs. As a glass designer, textile and ceramic designer, and painter, he is considered a pioneer of Swedish art.

This impressive vase would be a wonderful addition to a collection of Scandinavian art glass, or it would work well as a stand alone decorative accent. Perfect as a backdrop to other, smaller engraved glass or figural pieces - like flowers and animals. Kosta glassworks is Sweden’s oldest continuously operating glassworks. The furnaces there have been lit since 1742. Today's Kosta Boda is one of the world’s leading brands of glassware and art glass.

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