Art Glass Vase by Monica Backström for Kosta Boda


1970s art glass vase by Monica Backström for Kosta Boda

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This is a stunning piece of late 20th century art glass – and this is only to be expected since it originates from the great Kosta Boda (Sweden) and was produced by one of their most lauded designers, Monica Backström. The shape, though not specified, sits between bottle and gourd shape with a bulbous bottom section, drawn-up straight sides and wide collar; many of the designs in this range were more flask like so this is a bit more of a singular piece as far as we can tell.

The vase feature Backstrom’s classic frosted white and mottled blue combination and has a very naturalistic feel to the construction with the layering of the different glass types, with a resulting very tactile piece of glass. Kosta Boda are well known for the quality of their glass, and the uniqueness of their art production designs. This design is part of the Fleur range and dates to around the 1970s or 80s – it, like much Kosta Boda, would have had a sticker and booklet at point of sale; these have sadly been lost.

Backström died in February of this year at the age of 80.


Apart from missing its label, this vase is in excellent condition with only some manufacturing flaws and two very teeny-tiny flea bites on the rim. Some age related scuffing evident to the base but purely due to placement and of detriment to the glass itself.


  • 5.5 inches (14 cm) tall
  • 3 inches (8 cm) main body diameter
  • 1.6 inches (4 cm) neck diameter
  • 2 inch (5 cm) aperture

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