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Kosta Boda Chateau White Wine Glass

Kosta Boda Chateau White Wine Glass

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Kosta Boda Chateau White Wine Glass
Wines - Designed By Bertil Vallien - The Very Name Of This Kosta Boda Classic Evokes Winegrowing
Estates And Tranquil Countryside. Wines And Spirits Just Look, Smell And Taste Better In The Proper
Crystal: Th - Made In Not Specified
Created by Bertil Vallien, one of Sweden's premier glass designers, the Chateau beverage line
explores the subtler interplay between art and function. Strikingly clear with elegant profiles and
polished rims, the design features a beautifully understated optic quality that generates dynamism and
complements tableware from classic to modern. An exhaustive selection, Chateau includes glasses
suited to everything from aquavit to ice water, as well as pouring pieces to complete the collection.
Crafted by master glassmakers in Kosta Boda's Swedish glassworks, each edition is entirely lead-free
and handcrafted for subtle distinctions. With its comfortable rim and wide, open bowl, this stemmed
glass is excellently suited to your favorite white wine vintages. Stable at the base, the piece is graceful
in the hand without feeling overly delicate, and its transition from bowl to stem is markedly lovely.
Standing 6-7/8 inches high, it holds 5-1/4 ounces and should be washed by hand for best results.
Matching stems in varying sizes are also available. --Emily BedardFrom the ManufacturerAbout
the DesignerBorn in 1938, Bertil Vallien has been retained by Kosta Boda since 1963. By far the
most internationally celebrated glass artist and designer in Sweden, he has received numerous
awards, and his work is well represented in leading museums around the world. He is known most of
all as the master of sand molding. His solid, deep blue, 4-meter-long ship has become part of modern
glass history. His creations in recent years include Heads, a long series of enigmatic, solid blue glass
heads of different sizes. He works in a mythical, dreamlike world of symbolic imagery. He undertakes
what he himself describes as a never-ending research quest, in close cooperation with his loyal
coworkers at Ã…fors glassworks, several of whom have worked with Vallien for four decades. Aside
from his artistic work, he is a highly skilled and successful industrial designer, and his creations include
Château, one of the best-selling ranges of handmade glasses over the years.About Kosta Boda
With characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading
glasshouses in the world. The company's three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors
each have exciting individual stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name
Kosta Boda. The corps of designers currently on retainer at Kosta Boda works with both utilitarian and
art glass. Glass results from a great many meetings between people--artists, craftspeople, and lovers
of glass. The artists of Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process.
The cooperation between the designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential
if the designers are to transfer their intentions to the glass.The History of Kosta Boda Kosta, the
parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has a
fascinating history that forms a valuable part of Swedish cultural heritage. The glassworks was founded
in 1742 by the governors of the counties of Kronoberg and Kalmar, Anders Koskull and Georg
Bogislaus Stael von Holstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans
of the battle of Narva, among others. The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the
instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it on Continental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the
spruce forests of Småland, on a site midway between the two country towns, and near a village that
was then known as DÃ¥fvedshult. The main reason for choosing this location was the unlimited
availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturally required to keep the glassmaking
furnaces burning day and night. Both of the founders wanted their names to be remembered, so the
works was christened Kosta, from the initial letters--Ko andSta--of the surnames of both the Carolinian
generals. After a time the entire community was renamed after the growing glassworks. During the
first 150 years, the glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass, including window glass for the
building of Tessin's Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal household, and chandeliers for
churches. The first glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from Böhmen. They became the
founding fathers of the glassblowing families, which passed down craft skills from generation to
generation. Swedish sand was used to manufacture crystal glass, but nowadays pure silica sand is
imported from Belgium, since the Swedish sand contains iron oxide that gives the glass a green tinge.
Under the management of glass masters from Kosta, a succession of glassworks sprang up in the
forests of Småland in the regions around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta therefore has good reason to
call itself the parent works of the entire Swedish Kingdom of Crystal.
Until the end of the 19th century, the glass from Kosta was designed by the glassblowers themselves.
At the Stockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which
led to the idea of enlisting designers and artists in production. The first designer to be employed by
Kosta was Gunnar Wennerberg. The year was 1898. Ever since then a large number of artists and
designers have enriched the glassmaking tradition of the works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta
Boda has a unique right to describe itself as an art industry, in which designers and craftspeople work
closely together in the ongoing development of handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of
individual artistic expression and the free and uninhibited creative process have become the
distinguishing characteristics of the Kosta Boda brand. In addition to the parent works in Kosta, Kosta
Boda today includes the two "daughter works" of Boda (founded in 1864) and Ã…fors (founded in
1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda and Ã…fors were originally relatively simple
glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda experienced a period of glory in the 1960s and 1970s,
under the innovative and dynamic artistic leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried on by Kjell
Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica
Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a
renaissance to the small glassworks and local community. In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former
competitor Orrefors. Orrefors/Kosta Boda was in turn acquired by the Danish company Royal
Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group Royal Scandinavia was formed. The group also includes
Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard. Colorful, handmade art glass from the works in
Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors have made Kosta Boda one of Sweden's strongest brands and one of the
world's leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is sold all over the world. Roughly 50 percent
of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the biggest markets in the U.S., Japan,
Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living tradition of craftsmanship developed in the

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