Bertil Vallien large iron candelabra 1960s from Boda Smide, Sweden
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Bertil Vallien Candelabra

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A large iron candelabra, designed by Bertil Vallien and produced at Boda Smide, Sweden, in the 1960's. 

Boda was one of Sweden's leading glass manufacturers in the 20th Century, with their designers - particularly Erik Höglund and Bertil Vallien - making a sizeable impact on the aesthetics of the mid-century Scandinavian home.In the early 1960's, the glassworks expanded to form wood & metalworking departments, Boda Trä and Boda Smide, and each resident designer fully embraced the opportunity to explore new materials.

Bertil Vallien's collaboration with Boda's metal workshop produced arguably his most enduring work; the vintage objects sit so comfortably in a contemporary interior setting. Vallien fully embraced the raw nature of the material, iron, to create striking objects with an ancient handmade quality.

The main body of this large candelabra is made from eight iron circles which support four candle sconces. Beneath each sconce is a flattened circular motif, reminiscent of a solar eclipse. The highly decorative object is lifted by a large stem, which contributes to the objects imposing nature. The iron candelabra is supported by a large rectangular foot.

Designer: Bertil Vallien

Manufacturer: Boda Smide

Year of Design: C. 1963

Dates Produced: C. 1963-73

Colour: Black

Height: 38 cm, Width: 29 cm, Depth: 10.5 cm

Condition: Perfect

Branding: Stamped ‘Boda’ on each sconce.