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Proper Crystal: ThProduct DescriptionCreated by Bertil Vallien, one of Swedens premier glass designers, the Chateau beverage line explores theinterplay between art and function. Strikingly clear with elegant profiles and polished rims, the design featuresa beautifully understated swirl that generates subtle dynamism and complements tableware from classic tomodern. An exhaustive selection, Chateau includes glasses suited to everything from ice water to aperitifs, aswell as pouring vessels to complete the collection. Crafted by master glassmakers in Kosta Bodas Swedishglassworks, each piece is entirely lead-free and made by hand for subtle distinctions.Perfect for party toasts and intimate sipping, the Chateau flute features a classically elongated shape that iscomfortable to drink from. Fitted with a slender stem yet reliably stable, the piece is an ideal companion toeffervescent vintages. It stands 8-7/8 inches high, holds 5-1/4 ounces, and should be washed by hand for bestresults. --Emily BedardFrom the ManufacturerAbout the DesignerBorn in 1938, Bertil Vallien has been retained by KostaBoda since 1963. By far the most internationally celebrated glass artist and designer in Sweden, he hasreceived numerous awards, and his work is well represented in leading museums around the world. He isknown most of all as the master of sand molding. His solid, deep blue, 4-meter-long ship has become part ofmodern glass history. His creations in recent years include Heads, a long series of enigmatic, solid blue glassheads of different sizes. He works in a mythical, dreamlike world of symbolic imagery. He undertakes what hehimself describes as a never-ending research quest, in close cooperation with his loyal coworkers at Åforsglassworks, several of whom have worked with Vallien for four decades. Aside from his artistic work, he is ahighly skilled and successful industrial designer, and his creations include Château, one of the best-sellingranges of handmade glasses over the years.About Kosta BodaWith characteristic craftsmanship and good design, Kosta Boda has become one of the leading glasshouses inthe world. The companys three glassworks in the villages of Kosta, Boda, and Åfors each have excitingindividual stories of their own yet stand together under the common brand name Kosta Boda. The corps ofdesigners 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 artistsof Kosta Boda have a decisive role to play in all the creative stages of the process. The cooperation betweenthe designers and the skilled craftspeople is very close; indeed, it is essential if the designers are to transfertheir intentions to the glass.The History of Kosta BodaKosta, the parent glassworks of Kosta Boda and the oldest glassworks in Sweden still in operation, has afascinating 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 vonHolstein, both former generals in the army of Karl XII and distinguished veterans of the battle of Narva, amongothers.The two county governors founded the glassworks upon the instructions of Fredrik I and modeled it onContinental glassworks. The works was situated deep in the spruce forests of Småland, on a site midwaybetween the two country towns, and near a village that was then known as Dåfvedshult. The main reason forchoosing this location was the unlimited availability of wood. Enormous quantities of wood were naturallyrequired 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 initialletters--Ko and Sta--of the surnames of both the Carolinian generals. After a time the entire community wasrenamed after the growing glassworks.During the first 150 years, the glassworks in Kosta produced only utility glass, including window glass for thebuilding of Tessins Royal Palace, bottles and glass for the royal household, and chandeliers for churches. Thefirst glassblowers were immigrant glass masters from Böhmen. They became the founding fathers of theglassblowing families, which passed down craft skills from generation to generation. Swedish sand was used tomanufacture crystal glass, but nowadays pure silica sand is imported from Belgium, since the Swedish sandcontains 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 ofSmåland in the regions around Växjö and Kalmar. Kosta therefore has good reason to call itself the parentworks 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 theStockholm exhibition in 1897, the glassworks was criticized for the uniformity of its glass, which led to the ideaof enlisting designers and artists in production. The first designer to be employed by Kosta was GunnarWennerberg. The year was 1898. Ever since then a large number of artists and designers have enriched theglassmaking tradition of the works with their artistic talents. Today Kosta Boda has a unique right to describeitself as an art industry, in which designers and craftspeople work closely together in the ongoing developmentof handmade utility glass and art glass. This diversity of individual artistic expression and the free anduninhibited 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 (foundedin 1864) and Åfors (founded in 1876), a partnership that was formed in 1964. Both Boda and Åfors wereoriginally relatively simple glassworks that manufactured utility glass. Boda experienced a period of glory in the1960s and 1970s, under the innovative and dynamic artistic leadership of Erik Höglund, a heritage carried onby Kjell Engman and Monica Backström. Åfors has been the home of the designer couple Ulrica Hydman-Vallienand Bertil Vallien, who, together with Gunnel Sahlin and Olle Brozén, brought a renaissance to the smallglassworks and local community. In 1990 Kosta was acquired by its former competitor Orrefors. Orrefors/KostaBoda was in turn acquired by the Danish company Royal Copenhagen in 1997, and the design group RoyalScandinavia was formed. The group also includes Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen, and Holmegaard.Colorful, handmade art glass from the works in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors have made Kosta Boda one of Swedensstrongest brands and one of the worlds leading glass companies. Glass from Kosta Boda is sold all over theworld. Roughly 50 percent of production is sold outside Scandinavia, with some of the biggest markets in theU.S., Japan, Germany, and Australia. The origins of this glass, the living tradition of craftsmanship developed inthe glassworks in Kosta, Boda, and Åfors, is a heritage that every Swede has a right to feel proud of.Taking Care of Kosta Boda PiecesHandmade and hand-painted glass (especially the latter) does not do well in the dishwasher. Wash by hand inhot water--though not too hot--with a little washing-up liquid. Washing in very hot water will eventually destroythe luster of the glass. Rinse in water of about the same temperature as you washed it in. To avoid cracking theglass, make sure you do not expose it to excessive temperature differences. To avoid lines, dry with a soft cloththat wont 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 PiecesProducts 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 designers and the painters initials. Engravedpieces also have the engravers signature near the designers name.Besides designing glass for the regular Kosta Boda collection, our artists are also free to work with artglass--limited-edition, specially signed pieces that are often much sought after by collectors. Kosta Boda artglass 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 between25 and 1,000 pieces. All art glass is marked with the product number, the name of the artist, and the size of theedition so that the purchaser will know exactly how many pieces there are in that particular series. Editionscomprising less than 60 pieces are individually numbered, e.g. "25/60."