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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Bertil Vallien, Two Satellite Bottle Vases, for Kosta Boda, hand-blown multi-coloured glass, signed and numbered (2), approx. height 33 cm

Kosta Boda bowl, approx 25 cm diameter

Ewald Dahlskog (Swedish 1894 - 1950), Kosta, Covered 'Circus' Bowl signed base, 37 cm high, small chip to inner rim of lid. Dahlskog worked at Kosta 1922 - 1927.

A set of five Kosta Boda coloured glass floor vases by Ann Wahlstrom, each vase varying in size and colour.

A set of four Kosta Boda Fidji glass bottle vases by Kjell Engman, each ovoid in shape with a slender neck and everted rim, signed. Height 45.5 cm.

Kosta Boda Jonah & whale by Vickie Lindstrand with a solid body etched with an intaglio cut figure of Jonah, engraved signature & numbered 92407 to the base, with original sticker. Condition good, minor wear to the base. Length 33 cm

Kosta Boda 'Tempera' pair of graduated white bowls by Anna Ehrner decorated with swirling washes of blue, grey & white. The larger stamped, both with original stickers & boxes. Condition excellent to good, almost as new. Diameter of largest

Kosta Boda 'Nevada' pair of vases by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien painted with various snakes over a desert scene, introduced in 1993 & discontinued in 2000, signed 'Ulrica Hv/LP', with original sticker. Condition good, minor wear to the base.

Large Kosta Boda 'Zanzibar' art glass footed bowl, signed to base, Artist: Kjell Engman, signed to base rim, D 19 cm approx

Signed Kosta Boda Bertil Vallien bowl, 25 cm diameter

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