1960s Lindstrand Kosta off-centre sommerso vase with vertical lines
As I said in the previous listing, a couple of months ago, a customer asked us to find him a tall Scandinavian vase from the 1940s or 50s. We really enjoy such requests, and here, while there were a few criteria that ruled out pieces we would have considered, we had a particularly free hand to buy something we really loved and thought was particularly collectable.
So here we are, baring our souls. Even though he only wanted one, we've sourced two pieces that we think are particularly fine, so they're both marked, "on hold" at present. The first was the Gunnel Nyman vase. This is the second. It's just beyond the 50s and it's a touch shorter than our brief, but we think it's special. It's one to view on the video, if you can, to get a true understanding of it. Which one will he take, if either? If it were you, which one would you pick? (Our customer has since taken the Nyman vase.)
This a design by Vicke Lindstrand from the 1962 Kosta catalogue. It combines two classic 1950s Kosta design features. The first is the off-centre sommerso layer, (here in a striking turquoise for the first time), blown with a bent blowpipe by legendary glassblower, Bengt Heintze. The second is the vertical stripes which were seen in various forms in other Lindstrand vases (see http://www.modernistglass.com/glasspieces/view/2546 for the Lindstrand version and http://www.modernistglass.com/glasspieces/view/2083 for an example from a lesser firm).
The colour combination, in itself, is innovative and, to my eye, still looks fresh today. This is the only off-centre vase that I can recall which also has vertical stripes. I believe this is because it will have been very difficult and time-consuming to make. I think it's a wonderful design which was too hard and expensive to make, (and too hard for other firms to make their own versions of) and that's why this design is still so striking and unique-looking today.
If other customers are interested in getting us to find them something wonderful, the way we manage these sorts of requests is that we only buy pieces we think are saleable. Then if the customer doesn't like them, he or she is under no obligation to take them; we'll just sell them to someone else.
Height: 24 cm (9.5 inches)
Width: 7 cm
Weight: 1320 g
Engraved "Kosta LH 1719" to the base
Condition: very light wear to the base, a few light scratches to the exterior
Our Reference: 2792
This item has sold for US $770.00
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