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Kosta signed Lindstrand & Bergh Vase, three digit #


Hi. I'm stumped on this Kosta vase & have run into a wall. Normally I can decode these, however this one totally confuses me. I picked it up at a private estate that had mostly 30's prewar pieces from France, England & the Scandinavian region. It's six sided, everything polished, blown of course, 8 1/2" in height X 5 1/2" diameter, weight is 8 1/2 lbs. It is signed as follows: Kosta L.R. 640 Bergh. Here is what confuses me, I know who Elis Bergh was, however the L. I would think is Lindstrand. I cannot decode the R. which I would thing denotes the type of work. I know the pic isn't the best of the signature, but it's impossible to to get it to turn out because it's a semi-circle & the glare comes into play. Here is my question. Is this Lindstrand's work? What does the R. stand for & why would Bergh be in the signature since he was primarily a designer.  The vase is rather plain, the only work being the engraved Lion. Also what might the era of production be? 30's, 40's, 50's?

Any help decoding this is appreciated as I cannot find any R. designation as to the type of work. Thanks, Ken

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Bill G:
The initials are not Vicke Lindstrand.
In my opinion, the LR reflects either the glass blower or cutter at Kosta.
Unfortunately, I cannot id these initials.

Thanks. So if L.R. is the blower, then Bergh would be the engraver I take it.
Since it's 3 digits is this a 30's piece?

Bill G: Thought I'd let you know that I was referred to a Kosta historian of sorts, You were correct that L.R. was the engraver, however records were not highly detailed in 1934 the year of production & the Bergh design script signature in full helped date the piece. Thanks, Ken


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