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Boda Smide

Bertil Vallien Candle Holder

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An 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.

This two-sconce candelabra is honest and sturdy. Each metal candle holder is embellished with an inverted 'club' shape, from which dangles a decorative iron ball. The object is supported by a circular foot, which has been decoratively hammered.

Designer: Bertil Vallien

Manufacturer: Boda Smide

Year of Design: C. 1963

Dates Produced: C. 1963-73

Colour: Grey

Height: 23 cm, Width: 21 cm, Depth: 11.5 cm

Condition: Perfect

Branding: Stamped ‘Boda’ on base and sconce.