Learn about Kosta Boda

The Kosta Glassworks (Kosta Glasbruk) were founded in Sweden in 1742 and are the earliest glassworks still in operation in Sweden. The name was derived from the last names of the two founders, Anders Koskull, and Georg Bogoslaus Stael von Holstein, giving "Ko-Sta"

It's early production was utilitarian items including window glass, and later chandeliers, wine and beer glasses.

Kosta began producing art glass after 1897 and the company won awards at the 'Celebration of Electricity' fair in Paris in 1900. The designers who worked for Kosta were instrumental in creating the styles of the Swedish Arts & Craft Movement, and displaying the quality of Scandinavian glass designs around this time.

In the 1950's Vicke Lindstrand, who had previously worked for Orrefors, joined Kosta as artistic director, where he remained until 1973. As artistic director he was able to influence the design philosophy of Kosta, and during his employment more and more colour was introduced into the Kosta designs.

Other well known Kosta designers include Goran Warff, Monika Backstrom, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien and Bertil Vallien and examples of their work appear frequently at auction. more...

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Kosta Boda glass bowl by Bertil Vallien, 13 cm diameter approx.

Paul Hoff for Kosta Boda glass Sweden, circa 1970's cameo cut glass depicting two goldfish engraved signature to base. Height 12.3 cm. Diametet 19.6 cm

Kosta Boda Ulrica Hydman-Vallien glass vase numbered '48743' to the base. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height 19.5 cm

Kosta Boda glass 'Atoll' vase in jade by Anna Ehrner of tapered shape, stamped 'Kosta Boda' to the base. Condition minor wear to the base. Height 19.5 cm

Lisa Bauer for Kosta, Glass Footed Vase, 1979, etched with sprays of flowers, signed 'Kosta Limited Edition Blomsterskry 1979 Lisa Bauer 30/275 RJ, height 28 cm. Provenance: From the Collection of a Distinguished Architect

A Kosta Boda Kjel Engman art glass pedestal lamp, on steel column, single quartz halogen light illuminating 168 cm H (overall), glass element 46.5 cm high

Five Kosta Boda art glass Artist's Collection wine stems, various

A Kosta Boda novelty art glass wine stem, by Bertil Vallien, with twin faces to the stem, 22 cm high

Eleven Kosta Boda wine stems, various, each with serpent entwined to stem, includes liqueur glasses, champagne flutes and wine stems

A Kosta Boda art glass bud vase, etched mark to base, 11.5 cm high

A Kosta Boda art glass cylindrical vase, by Bertil Vallien, etched mark to base 16 cm high

A Kosta Boda art glass nut bowl, etched mark to base, numbered 52236 12 cm diameter

A Kosta Boda art glass bowl, etched mark to base 13.5 cm high

A Kosta Boda art glass bowl, etched mark to base, numbered S2238 20.5 cm diameter

A Kosta Boda art glass vase, etched mark to base, numbered 47737 etched mark to base, numbered 47737 15 cm high

A Kosta Boda Artist's Collection bud vase, 11.5 cm high

Kosta Boda vase & bowl by Kjell Engman with lattice effect detail, engraved signature & original stickers. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Height of vase 39.5 cm

Small Swedish Boda Art Glass bottle, signed B. Vallien to base, 9.5 cm high approx.

Small Kosta Boda studio vase, signed to base, 5.5 cm high approx.

A set of six Art Deco Martini cocktail glasses, c.1930 1940s, probably Scandinavian, attributed to Kosta Boda. Height 15 cm. Diameter 11.5 cm

A Kosta Boda ";open Minds" glass vase, signed Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, 10 cm

Kosta Boda 'Can can' bowl by Kjell Engman with flat wide orange color rim with polychrome swirls, on a cylindrical turquoise-orange stem & circular foot, matte finish outside, polished pontil. Etched marks 'Kosta Boda, K Engman, 59157'

A Kosta Boda Atoll glass bowl & Tealight holder, blue swirl design, by Anna Ehrner. 10 x 23 cm and 8 x 8 cm

A Kosta Boda vase, with purple swirl, by Anna Ehrner. Height 20 cm

A large Kosta Boda signed vase, signed K. Engman 49357 Safari leopard design vase. Part of the Boda Artist's collection. Height 42 cm

Australian colonial pottery cheese dish and cover, possibly Kosta Pottery, 19th century, 17 cm

Kosta Boda blue 'Satellite' vase by Bertil Vallien signed & numbered '59252' to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, height, 13 cm

Kosta Boda glass sculpture with timber stand, signed, 17 cm long approx.

A signd Kosta Boda Studio glass candlestick signed 'Kosta Boda B. Vallien 69510', with original sticker. Height 32 cm

A Kosta Boda frosted glass bowl in coral red with original sticker. Dia. 14 cm

A Kosta Boda small blue swirl glass bowl and orange swirl glass bowl (2) Dia. 11 cm each

A Kosta Boda cube sculpture of a stylised figure on black wooden base with original sticker. Height 19 cm

A signed Kosta Boda 'Cube face' clear glass sculpture on wooden plinth with original sticker. Height 15 cm

A small Kosta Boda 'Cube face' glass sculpture in blue on wooden plinth with original sticker. Height 11 cm