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Scandinavian Art Glass1150 of 1401ULRICA HYDMAN VALLIEN - KABOKASwedish Modern Optic Vase in Yellow~Age? or maker?
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Posted 6 years ago


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Two days ago I hopped into a Vinnies and spied this "Flaska" or "Plunta" on the top shelf behind the counter. I could see that the decoration was by Kosta Boda's Ulrica Hydman Vallien. But I had never seen this series before. It was huge! It is 31 cm (12.2" ) high.

When I got home I emailed a friend with a photo. My friend Thelma had worked in one of the large department stores here in Sydney in the Kosta Boda section. She was able to tell me that it was from a series called "Indian Summer" and had a short run in 2000. It is signed within the pontil "Kosta Boda Ulrica HV 80021."

She wrote me: There were 5 bottles in series and the description for Indian Summer” is a warm transparent colour scale inspired by the hot season”.

"For Indian Summer, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien developed a new type of paint, giving the glass a warm, transparent feel. The clear-glass bottles are blown in classic blowing-room style and are decorated with plumed figures both male and female."

I have also read that Ulrica described the Indian Summer series as : "in 2000 I began to long for clear glass and the traditional flask shapes with an old technique of pinching that creates a double wall. Indian Summer was a glorious glass series, which did not stay long on the market, partly because the price was too high, partly because the painted figures were unexpected and not as charming as the market might demand."

Check out this site above for some beautiful pieces by Ulrica.
H: 31 cm or 12.3 ins
W: 20 cm or 7.9 ins
D: 8cm or 3.1 ins


  1. bratjdd bratjdd, 6 years ago
    That's very nice,very unique, I love it.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thsnks bratjdd & BELLIN68!
  3. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 6 years ago
    This is , not to repeat myself, but too cool for school. I love it, you have a treasure there and a great story too. Very nice, Mich
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks michelleamieux!
  5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
    And I bet it was a bargain... ;)
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks austrohungaro!
    I made a sizeable donation for this one.
    They wanted seventy and I was happy to give it.
    My father once managed this same Vinnies store in the 60's.
    There are a number of items that I have bought there over the years.
  7. AmberRose AmberRose, 6 years ago
    Nice V, love the stories of how people found their pieces. I always find the hunt the best! Haven't found much myself, only one piece of interest and I need to get it posted before spring break next week. Going on a little holiday!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Hi Amber, many thanks!
    I've been out today and bought a nice vase and another arrived by post this arvo'. That will keep me busy for a while.
    Where are you off to?
    North to Sean's stamping grounds?
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    I was only joking Sean!
  10. Budek Budek, 6 years ago
    Indian Summer in the Garden of Eden?
    What a delightful piece.
    Isn't the variety of what's out there intoxicating?
    It's great to always be seeing new things.
    good day to you all,
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks ozmarty and Budek too!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks scandinavian_pieces! Love the in-flight photo!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks notitfortat!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Thanks Bellin. It seems there were five bottles.
    I think I saw yours some time ago.
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    As far as I know and have seen just the bottles. She was fooling around with clear glass as a reaction against the coloured glass of the time. The two piece construction of the bottle is a really traditional Scandinavian glass blowing technique. You'll find smaller versions of this construction in little decanters. Hoglund used it too! They have lovely little silver cork stoppers and bull faces on the sides.
    But her innovation here was to pinch the centre of the bottle and thereby create asurface to decorate with the Indian Summer decor. Seduction. Snakes. Feathers. Indians! Fantasy items!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    This is the type of thing I mean:
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks miederman and mustangT!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks ho2cultcha!
  19. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Beautiful !!'
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    Many thanks GEO26E !!!!!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ANNAB & HO2CULTCHA !!!!!

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