Mid Century Modern Hand Turned and Polished Cherrywood with Leopardwood Inlay Ball Vase
This superb work of Danish Mid Century Modern design stays true to the Modernist design principle of providing an honest and beautiful expression to the natural materials.
Crafted from a single piece of Cherry wood, the ball form is superbly balanced and beautifully polished to highlight the woodgrain. In addition to its elegant form, the vase also features a rare decor of intricate Leopardwood which has been seamlessly inlaid at the 'neck' and 'clavicle'.
The design of this piece makes it versatile for display on its own or with a single bloom as a Soliflor and could suit a space with decor themes of Modernist, Retro or even Industrial.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is mild age wear that is most evident on the underside of the base of the vase and commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside is inscribed 'Kirsebær' [tr. Cherry in Danish] and the artist's name 'Otto'.
Height: c. 7.8" / 20 cm tall x c. 7.3" / 18.5 cm in diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.4" / 3.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.4 kg / 1,375 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1940s -50s Swedish Gunnar Nylund Brutalist Underwater Scene Sculpted Bronze Relief Charger
This superb piece of Modernist and Brutalist design is by renowned Swedish designer Gunnar Nylund.
The work is depicts the vibrantly serene energy of an underwater scene, the details carefully captured in bronze relief. There is energy inherent in many aspects, from the swaying plant life, the swirl and swish from the sea creatures to the marked motion of water in the stylised dashes of dots and streaks.
The influences of this piece make it versatile and the piece could suit a space with decor inspired by themes of Modernist, Brutalist, Industrial, Contemporary and Steampunk design.
Excellent. There is mild wear commensurable with age of the piece and an appealing ageing of the bronze in the green patina. The front of the charger is initialled with Nylunds 'GN' and the reverse of the charger is marked with the 'ÄKTA BRONS' [Translation: 'Authentic Bronze'] and the Aladdin's Lamp symbol of the manufacturer. There is also an inscription of 'MINNE FRÅN BLYAVDELNINGEN 1954' [Translation 'Memory of the day 1954'] and eleven signatures.
c. 1.6" / 4 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 10.6" / 27 cm in diameter.
Unpackaged weight: c. 2 kg / 2,048 g
Charger will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Gunnar Nylund (1904 - 1997) was born in Paris, France to well-known Finnish sculptor, Felix Nylund, and the Danish-born Fernanda Jacobsen-Nylund. The family travelled to France, Italy, and Denmark, and eventually to Finland in 1911. At the outbreak of the Finnish civil war in 1918, Gunnar and his mother would flee to Denmark where Gunnar would complete his schooling and embark on his lifelong journey with ceramics, beginning with an apprenticeship. Gunnar would continue to practice ceramics with his father and took on extra work at the Bing & Gröndahl (B&G) porcelain factory. His contributions to exhibits at the 1925 Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes expo in Paris led B&G to offer him a permanent position. After three years at B&G, in 1928, Gunnar left to establish the Nylund-Krebs studio with Nathalie Krebs. The duo's pioneering Saxbo range (1929) has become an icon of Scandinavian ceramic design.
After two years, Nyland left to become the Artistic Director of Swedish company Rörstrand, a position he became renowned for and held until sometime in 1955. Gunnar made his most important artistic contributions while at Rorstrand. During his tenure at Rörstrand, he became known for smooth matte glazes, beautiful muted colors, and modernist shapes, producing hundreds of designs.
From 1955, he was artistic director for Strömbergshyttans glassworks in Hovmantorp, and later freelanced for the company. In the early 1960s, he returned to Copenhagen and there, he started producing stoneware for Nymölle Keramiska Fabrik in Lyngby. Also during this time, he created Europe’s largest stoneware fountain the “Scanisarius” in Bromölla, Sweden, over five decades, Gunnar had crafted some 30 reliefs and sculptures commissioned for public spaces.
Pre 1970s Italian Murano Opaline and Brass Ormulu 6 Pc set, att. to F. Toso - Labelled
THE ITEM These stunning Murano works of incredible opalescent glass set light refractions dancing within the glass. The glass is early Opaline glass, a technique that incorporated bone ash into the crafting process and is most evident in sunlight which shows off fiery orange and red hues. The six pieces featured here are a 'tobacciana' or a smoke set, typical to the popularity of the time to make a fashion statement through decorative personal or home decor accessories.
Today, it's much more likely to be a well-loved jewel in the crown of a well-cared for collection. The set consists of: 3 Small segment ridged dishes 1 Large wide low dish 2 Lighters (1 gas, 1 lighter fluid)
The filigree decor style of the brass ormulu is in the High Style Design of the Eames Era with evident Art Nouveau influences. It is also similar to that of the French Bulle Savon glass (Bulle Savon literally translates to 'soap bubble' to imitate the sheen of iridescence of a soap bubble.), popular in the early 20th century.
There is no sign of use wear on any of the pieces; there is natural patina from antiquity on the brass, which could be polished up or kept for its charm if preferred and there is wear in line with age on the base of the larger glass dish.
All pieces except for the large dish have original labels; Of the three small dishes; 2 have yellow Murano labels and 1 has red. Of the lighters; both have red Murano labels,
MEASUREMENTS Small segment dish: c. 1.5" / 4 cm in height x c. 2.6" / 6 cm in diameter Large wide low dish: c. 2" / 5 cm in height x c. 4.8" / 12 cm in diameter Lighters: c. 3.5" / 9 cm in height x c. 2.6" / 6 cm in diameter
Unpackaged weight (full set) c. 1.1 kg / 1,073 g
NOTES Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Fratelli Toso was founded in 1854 by Pietro Toso and his six enterprising sons; Ferdinando, Carlo, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni and Gregorio. The name 'Fratelli Toso' literally translates to 'Brothers Toso'. Initially, glass production was mostly aimed at functional objects such as bottles and flasks for pharmaceutical and domestic use. But with the help of Vincenzo Zanetti (another great glass artist!) and with endless hours of work and practice, Pietro’s sons developed their skills and perfected their technique for hand made glass.
In the years to follow, the company withstood many trials and tribulations, from wars to harsh economic crises, the company would go on to survive to this day as the well known Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, carrying its 150 years of glassmaking expertise.
Early 20th Cen. Chinese Soapstone Zhusha Bottle and Seal with Carved Lotus and Lily Pad Relief
This carefully detailed piece has been beautifully worked by hand to create the carving of lotus flowers and lilypads relief on both sides of the bottle. The bottle is accompanied by a small spoon that is finished with a coral glass stopper and etch-trimmed brass collar.
Besides being a carving of great skill, this piece also served the purpose of a seal via the inscription of an 'archaic script' on its base. In ancient times, the carved seal script would be used to imprint its mark onto official documentation, paintings or works of poetry using the traditional '朱砂' or 'zhūshā' red ink or Cinnabar paste. In recent times, the seal would have been used to mark paintings or works of poetry.
The inside of the bottle holds traces of the Cinnabar paste as does the seal on the underside of the bottle.
Very Good. There is negligible age wear that is primarily in the form of minor chips to the soapstone that commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall (from base to stopper) x 1.8" / 4.5 cm in width (across widest point) x c. 0.9" / 2.3 cm depth. Weight: c. 0.1kg / 139 g
Bottle will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1970s West German Rolf Weber Steinzeug Cedar and Matte Crystalline Teal Blue Glaze Pottery Art Ball
THE ITEM Quirky, isn't it? I mistook this piece as an abstract shaped mini piggy bank / money box until I realised that there is no rubber stopper on the base ... but art doesn't always have to have a function does it? I imagine that's why what could have been a small rim at the top for a single stem bloom was closed off, so that whomever was holding this piece would need to reconsider their perspective to appreciate this piece.
And indeed there is. The silky matte cedar brown glaze could at first glance be mistaken for being purely matte, but a closer look and a turning of the sides will show you that there are glimmers of clear crystalline glaze interspersed all over the piece. The same goes for the speckles of blue teal, these also disperse as a crystalline glaze would bringing further depth to the colour.
A BIT OF HISTORY Unfortunately, it has not been possible to trace a detailed provenance on this piece, however, it is known that Rolf Weber lived from 1907 until 1985 and his works are widely exhibited in Germany e.g. Stadtmuseum Hofgeismar Kassel, Hetjens-Museum Dusseldorf, etc.
CONDITION Superb - no scratches or hairline cracks and only a few light movement marks to base which are commensurable with the age of this piece - please see photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall by 3.2" / 8 cm wide (across the body's widest point)
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 176 g
NOTES Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
THE ITEM Presenting beautifully detail enriched piece of South American folk art.
The deep red-brown, leather on wood box is handmade and bears a warm Columbian stylised berries and leaves design.
This box offers two red lined drawers for jewellery, trinkets or desk organising needs.
A BIT OF HISTORY Close to one million people in Colombia earn a living directly or indirectly from the country’s vibrant arts and crafts sector. A significant contributor to the national economy, the sector counts some 350,000 artisans, approximately 60 percent of whom are from rural and indigenous areas.
Many skilled artisans are based in Pasto, the capital of Nariño, in southern Colombia. The city is located in the Atriz Valley on the Andes cordillera, at the foot of the Galeras volcano. Known for the technique of Barniz de Pasto, which uses a type of natural rubber which is coloured and then stretched over woodwork pieces; before the skilful artisan uses a special knife to cut and create the many beautiful designs that characterise this artistic technique. These skills would also be applied to tooling leather.
CONDITION Very Good Condition, with a degree of wear commensurable with age, please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 3.5" / 9 cm tall by 5.5" / 14 cm wide and 5.2" /13.2 cm in depth
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 505 g
NOTES Box will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.