Posted 10 years ago
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