This delicious duo of handmade Swedish art glass is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), celebrated glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer.
The pair are miniatures from the collectable 'Antikva' series from the 'Artist Collection'. The Artist Collection concept was introduced by Vallien to give glass artists the freedom for personal, creative expression and to remove the 'mass produced' feeling. Pieces are limited edition studio works, individual to the artist that created them.
The sea-green hexagonal bottle vase is crafted from a combination of sea-green and lime-green frit glass. The frit glass technique merges fragments of coloured glass in clear glass to create the closely freckled effect, similar to the drifting within a snow-globe. The piece is finished with pale blue frit glass neck.
The grape purple gourd bottle vase is also crafted from frit glass, a combination of grape/amethyst purple and freckles of sapphire blue. The sapphire blue frit glass is used to create the neck to complete the piece.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs, please do see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base on both pieces is engraved with 'BODA, ARTIST COL, B VALLIEN'. The green bottle is engraved with the number '48010' and the purple bottle is engraved with the number '48008'. The green bottle is also labelled with the 'Handmade, Boda, Sweden' label.
Green hexagonal bottle. height: c. 4" / 10.3 cm x c. 1.6" / 4 cm base diameter.
Purple gourd bottle: height: c. 2.4" / 6 cm x c. 2" / 5 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.2" / 3 cm.
Unpackaged weight (both pieces): c. 0.2 kg / 170 g
The glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Born 1938, Bertil Vallien was only 15 when he left home, drawn by the allure of the big city. After a series of occasional jobs, as a window-dresser at one of the main department stores in Stockholm, and as an apprentice in his father's decorating firm, Vallien would eventually decide to become an artist which would lead him into the world of ceramics. The guidance he received in his early career included that of Stig Lindberg - one of Sweden's foremost designers of ceramic art and one of the leading designers for Rörstrand in the 1970's.
A demonstration of Vallien's sand casting process: https://youtu.be/hjW7qoLvwYw
Today, Vallien is one of the most well-known representatives of 20th century Swedish ceramic and art glass design and is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design as well as abroad in the Everson Museum of Art of New York.
Valiien's works have only become more collectable over the years with sculptures from his Head and Journey (Boat) series fetching up to $20,000 USD.