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 three thoroughbred horses. The engraving on each horse is different - one is dappled, one is pure white, and one is dark and shiny. The body of the vase has an elliptical shape with a flared rim, and it is signed on the base, Kosta LG 144. The vase measures 10" high x 6" across, and it weighs about 6 pounds. There is a small bubble in the glass on the side of the vase, but 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. 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. (And he's my favorite!)
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. 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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