Blue Animal Bowl

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Object Name: 
Blue Animal Bowl
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Overall H: 22.5 cm; Rim Diam: 29.1 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Unlike most American and European glass manufacturers, Scandinavian companies tried to integrate the new “studio” glass into their production. Kosta Boda gave the artists Bertil Vallien and his wife, Ulrica Hydman-Vallien, studios at the factory. The Valliens were popular designers for Kosta, and they built an independent studio practice as well. Most studio glass artists did not design for a company and produce unique work; the Valliens were unusual in that they successfully did both.
UNIK 841
Kosta Boda AB, Source
Boda / Unik 841 / Ulrica
on base
Primary Description: 
Bowl, "Blue Animal Bowl". Colorless and opalescent glass; blue, black, pink and red glass enamels; mold-blown (into a wooden bucket), brushed enamels. Wide, slightly flattened cylindrical bowl with lipless fire-polished rim (enameled cobalt blue); straight walls with upper half opalescent, overall enameled decoration of three stylized four-footed "animals" with exposed human faces in profile and wearing blue cat costumes with black spots on the back, the two largest animals have manes and are crouching with outstretched front feet and tails, the third (with eyelashes and reddened cheek) sits on its hind legs with tail extending vertically, mottled green background with long, narrow blue clouds toward top rim; flattened base, partially ground, ground and polished pontil; engraved on pontil in block letters: "BODA/UNIK 841/ULRICA".
Steuben Glass Animals
Steuben Glass, Inc. 1988-11 through 1988-11
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey
Corning Museum of Glass 1979 through 1979
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Renwick Gallery
Toledo Museum of Art
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 44, 84-85 (fig. 100, plate 19); BIB# 149403
Contemporary Glass: A World Survey from The Corning Museum of Glass (1989) illustrated, p. 150, bottom; BIB# 32803
Glass Animals: 3,500 Years of Artistry and Design (1988) illustrated, p. 176; BIB# 32200
Glass Animals: 3500 Years of Artistry (1988) illustrated, leaf 68; BIB# 3398
New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) illustrated, p. 105, #87; BIB# 20603