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Kosta Boda

Kosta Boda (Sweden)

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 these pages, Kosta Boda created works in an astonishing array of styles, with something to suit any taste.

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Vase by Kosta Boda, Glass, Sweden, Lady Face, Pink, Black and Yellow
By Kosta Boda
Located in New York, NY
Decorative large vase by Kosta Boda, Sweden, circa 1990. The vase is hand painted.
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1990s Swedish Modern Kosta Boda

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Art Glass

Bowl, Glass, Kosta Boda, Scandinavian, Mid-Century, circa 1970, Turquoise
By Kosta Boda
Located in New York, NY
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1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

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Bowl, Glass, Kosta Boda, Scandinavian, Mid-Century, circa 1970, Turquoise
By Kosta Boda
Located in New York, NY
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1970s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Vase, Midcentury Glass Vase, Scandinavian, White and Chocolate, circa 1950
By Strombergshyttan
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Vase by Stig Lindberg, Ceramic, Scandinavian Midcentury, circa 1950, Sweden
By Stig Lindberg
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Ceramic, Faience

Vase, Ceramic, by Stig Lindberg, Midcentury Scandinavian, circa 1950, Sweden
By Stig Lindberg
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Ceramic, Faience

Vase by Gunnar Nylund, Scandinavian, Mid-Century, Turquoise, "Charmotte", Sweden
By Gunnar Nylund
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Ceramic

Vase by Holmegaard, Scandinavian, Mid-Century, circa 1960, White Glass
By Holmegaard
Located in New York, NY
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1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Glass

Vases by Anders Rydstedt, Hand Blown, New York, Multicolored
By Anders Rydstedt
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Vase, by Ittala, Scandinavian Midcentury, Orchid Vase by Timo Sarpaneva
By Ittala
Located in New York, NY
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Mid-Century Modern Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Painting by Peter Keil, Black and White, Modern Art, circa 1959, Face of a Lady
By Peter Keil
Located in New York, NY
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1950s German Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Acrylic

Ceramic Vase, Italy, Mid-Century, Yellow, Brown and White, circa 1950
Located in New York, NY
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Ceramic

Vase by Timo Sarpaneva, Scandinavian, Blue, Hand Blown Glass, circa 1960
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in New York, NY
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Blown Glass

Vase by Ewald Dahlskog, Midcentury Scandinavian, circa 1940, Tall and White
By Ewald Dahlskog
Located in New York, NY
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1940s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kosta Boda

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Faience

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