Engraved Crystal Vase with Peacocks, Vicke Lindstrand for Kosta, Mid Century Modern Design


This amazing, hand blown, hand engraved Swedish vase was made in the 1960's at Kosta Glassworks (before the merger with Boda in the 70's). It is truly beautiful, with one peacock on the front, and one on the back - Lindstrand loved to wrap the glass with his subjects. The motif is at once retro and contemporary, and it would make a fabulous accent to many home décor themes. For example, it would be stunning in a room with Asian touches.

The artist, Vicke Lindstrand (1904-1983) was born in Goteborg, Sweden, and started his career with Orrefors in 1928, where he remained until 1940. The tales of his departure vary, but it is known that he was under an agreement not to work in glass for a decade. Between 1943 and 1950 he became creative leader at Uppsala Ekeby, where he designed many different stoneware objects ranging from pots to figural sculptures. In 1950 he joined Kosta Glasbruk as an artistic director. He was the dominant designer until his retirement in 1973, lending his name to many now classic designs. As a glass designer, textile and ceramic designer, and painter, he is considered a pioneer of Swedish art. (He is also my favorite Swedish artist, and the one whose work I collect most.)

In the peacock vase, you can see the influence of Lindstrand's work with other artistic media. The flowing tail feathers take on a distinct painterly quality. The engraving was likely done with a combination of tools, including an electric engraving pen, invented by Rune Strand, and traditional copper wheels of different sizes. This vase is large, 5.25" x 3.25" x 12.25" (133mm x 83mm x 311mm) and quite heavy 5.55 pounds (2.5 kg). It is in fantastic condition.

The peacock is held as a special symbol to many. It is known to represent vision, royalty, spirituality, awakening, guidance, protection, & watchfulness. In Greco-Roman mythology the peacock tail has the "eyes" of the stars. In Hinduism, the peacock is associated with Lakshmi, who represents patience, kindness, and luck. In early Christianity, the peacock symbolized immortality.

Pretty cool vase, huh?

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