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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 Bedard From the Manufacturer About the Designer Born 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 ChÃ¢teau, 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 SmÃ¥land, 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 and Sta--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 BÃ¶hmen. 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 SmÃ¥land in the regions around VÃ¤xjÃ¶ 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 HÃ¶glund, a heritage carried on by Kjell Engman and Monica BackstrÃ¶m. Ã…fors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle BrozÃ©n, 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
glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Ã…fors, is a heritage that every Swede has a right to feel proud of. Taking Care of Kosta Boda Pieces Handmade and hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand in hot water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually destroy the luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about the same temperature as you washed it in. To avoid cracking the glass, make sure you do not expose it to excessive temperature differences. To avoid lines, dry with a soft cloth that won't shed lint. The edge of the glass is its most fragile part. When you put the glass back in the cupboard, stand it on its foot and make sure the edge does not come into contact with other glasses or objects. The Mark or Signature on Kosta Boda Pieces Products are marked with the words Kosta Boda, the name of the artist, and the article number (seven digits). Painted pieces are signed with a painted signature with the designer's and the painter's initials. Engraved pieces also have the engraver's signature near the designer's name. Besides designing glass for the regular Kosta Boda collection, our artists are also free to work with art glass--limited-edition, specially signed pieces that are often much sought after by collectors. Kosta Boda art glass is divided into two categories: unique pieces and limited editions. Unique pieces are, of course, just that. No more than one piece is made of any particular item. Limited editions are manufactured in runs of between 25 and 1,000 pieces. All art glass is marked with the product number, the name of the artist, and the size of the edition so that the purchaser will know exactly how many pieces there are in that particular series. Editions comprising less than 60 pieces are individually numbered, e.g. "25/60." The Lowest Price - Click Here!
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