Kosta Lindstrand Giraffe Engraved Crystal Vase From Sweden, Safari Theme


This amazing, hand blown, hand engraved Swedish vase was likely made in the 1960s at Kosta Glassworks (before the merger with Boda in the 70s). It is truly beautiful, with a very proud giraffe engraved on the front. This piece is not signed, but the vase is the same as many I've seen from Kosta and the motif echos Lindstrand's famous "Safari" bowl. The design is at once retro and contemporary, and it would make a fabulous accent in many home décor themes.

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. (He is also my favorite Swedish artist, and the one whose work I collect most.)

The engraving was likely done with a combination of tools, including an electric engraving pen, invented by Rune Strand, and traditional copper wheels of different sizes. This vase is large, 4" wide and 11" tall, and it weighs 3 pounds. It is in fantastic condition.

To judge the attribution yourself, check out Lindstrand's giraffe image on a glass block at the Swedish website, Digital Museum: https://digitaltmuseum.se/021026694491/glasblock/media?slide=0

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