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Kosta Boda

Sweden’s oldest glass company, Kosta Boda, also enjoys a reputation as the country’s most artistic and experimental glassmaker. Since the late 19th century, Kosta Boda has hired painters, sculptors and other artists for short stints — generally two or three years — designing glassware, ensuring that the firm’s aesthetic is always lively and fresh.

Two former army officers founded Kosta Boda in 1742 in Sweden’s densely forested Småland province. (Plentiful timber was needed as fuel for the melting furnaces.) The glassworks’ early products consisted of everyday glassware, such as drinking vessels and windowpanes. As the company recruited master craftsmen from Bohemia, it created fine crystal for an aristocratic clientele.

Kosta Boda began making art glass — that is, unique and limited edition pieces — with the hiring of the painter Gunnar Wennerberg in 1898. Wennerberg worked in the Art Nouveau style and brought a lush, organic look to the company’s wares. He was followed to the firm by artists such as Edvin Ollers, who in the early- 20th century created rich geometric and abstract floral patterns that were engraved on clear crystal.

Two post-war Kosta Boda designers stand foremost in the minds of collectors. One is Vicke Lindstrand, who excelled at a technique called cased glass, in which a vividly colored or patterned section of glass is surrounded by and seems to float within a clear crystal body. The other is Erik Höglund, who had an almost artisanal eye for glass shapes, and liked to produce glass that had a textured, warped look. As you will see from the many pieces available on 1stDibs, Kosta Boda created works in an astonishing array of styles, with something to suit any taste.

1960s Swedish Kosta Boda Teal Glass Trinket Dish Viking Ship by Erik Hoglund
By Kosta Boda, Erik Höglund
Located in London, GB
1960s Small Swedish paperweight, ashtray or trinket dish which is made from a thick piece of square coloured dark teal glass. The viking ship design is...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Kosta Boda

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Glass, Art Glass

1960s Swedish Kosta Boda Olive Glass Warrior Shield & Sword Dish by Erik Hoglund
By Kosta Boda, Erik Höglund
Located in London, GB
1960s Small Swedish paperweight, ashtray or trinket dish which is made from a thick piece of square coloured light olive glass. The warrior with a sword...
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Mid-20th Century Swedish Mid-Century Modern Kosta Boda

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Glass, Art Glass

Petite Cupid Crystal Vase
By Kosta Boda
Located in New York, NY
In classical mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god...
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1930s Swedish Art Deco Vintage Kosta Boda

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Crystal

  • Petite Cupid Crystal Vase
  • Petite Cupid Crystal Vase
  • Petite Cupid Crystal Vase
  • Petite Cupid Crystal Vase
H 4 in W 4 in D 2 in
Kosta Boda Art Glass Platter or Dish
By Kosta Boda
Located in NYC, NY
An interesting glass plate infused with a color to give the appearance of smoke drifting, stamped by the maker what appears to be WU HV.Kosta Boda "Mine" salad plate. Designed by ...
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1980s Swedish Other Vintage Kosta Boda

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Glass

Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden, Vase in Mouth Blown Art Glass
By Kosta Boda, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien
Located in Bochum, NRW
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for Kosta Boda, Sweden. Vase in mouth blown art glass decorated with women's face. Swedish design, 1980s. Measures: 9.5 x 5 cm. In perfect condition. Signed.
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1980s Swedish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Ann Warff for Kosta Boda Footed Bowl 1973
By Kosta Boda, Goran and Ann Warff
Located in Tunbridge Wells, GB
Heading : Kosta Boda footed bowl designed by Ann Warff Date : Signed 1973 Origin : Kosta, Sweden Bowl Features : Externally a blue band across a clear glas casing with a crackle and ...
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1970s Swedish Vintage Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Crystal glass paper weight made and signed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta Sweden
By Kosta Boda, Vicke Lindstrand
Located in Skarpnäck, SE
A fantastic rather large handmade vintage glass sculpture or paperweight made and signed by Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Sweden. This piece is showcasing his enormous talent as a glas...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Art Glass, Cut Glass

Mid Century Modern Crystal Decanter - Boda Afors - Bertil Vallien
By Bertil Vallien, Kosta Boda
Located in Casteren, Noord-Brabant
A beautiful mid century modern crystal decanter, made by the Swedish brand Kosta Boda. This piece was designed by Bertil Vallien, a Swedish artist who works mainly with sculpturing, ...
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1960s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Crystal

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Kosta Boda furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Kosta Boda furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Kosta Boda furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Kosta Boda were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Stig Lindberg, Vicke Lindstrand, and Wilhelm Kåge. Prices for Kosta Boda furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $55 and can go as high as $7,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $675.

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