The stunning clipper ship, plying the rolling seas on this Swedish art glass vase, was designed by Vicke Lindstrand. Although Lindstrand left Kosta in 1973, the code 47410 on the base tells me that this vase was made in 1974, so it was a popular motif. The vase is a perfect size for display, 4.25" x 3.75" x 5", and it weighs 2 pounds. There are a few tiny scratches, which are expected as signs of use for its vintage. I love the heft of this piece - the freeform, handblown glass feels solid and looks substantial.
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.
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