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Vicke Lindstrand Rare Handblown Vase, 1955-56

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This stunning, handblown work of Swedish Modern design art glass is by Vicke Lindstrand (b. 1904 - d. 1983), considered one of the most influential 20th-century glass artists and a pioneer of glass art. This particular piece is a rare and early work, 'LC1' from the Colora series, which first appeared in the Kosta catalogue in 1955, featured 11 designs and was produced during 1955 to 1956.

The elegant, flowing and deceptively simple form is in fact the coalescing of multiple layers. The innermost layer is a graduating Cerulean blue that pales into a glow at the lower body and is overlaid with exquisite threads of Espresso brown. The threads gracefully shape themselves to the contours of the vase's body, from hairline thickness at the neck and dilating as it wraps around the lower body. The piece is finished with a layer of clear casing glass.

The refined delineation of the threads from the core blue creates a visual effect of the threads gently hovering over the body, adding fascinating depth and dimension to the visual effect. This successful delineation is not always possible as is the nature of handblown pieces.

In November 1953, Lindstrand presented Colora at the exhibition Artiums Exposé Gothenburg. As described by the press at the time: "Colora is thus the very latest. This glass has never before been exhibited to the public. The pieces are also unique in the sense that no two objects in this exhibition are the same. The play of light in the bowls, small or large, triggers the effect. It will shimmer, it will glow, it plays - and then you have in your hand a glass object that lives, whimsical but intense.

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  • Dimensions: Height: c. 12.1" / 30.8 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 3.9" / 10 cm in width (across widest point). Depth: c. 2.8" / 7 cm. Base measurements: 2.6" / 6.5 cm x 2.2" / 5.6 cm. Rim: 2" / 5 cm (across widest point) Unpackaged weight: 1.0 kg / 970 g
  • Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks or repair. There are internal water marks, negligible surface wear and movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with the age of the piece
  • Fabric Content: Glass
  • Vendor Colour Code: BLUE
  • Vendor Style Code: 1311181102
  • Andrews SKU: 6101-0030
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