Mid Century Steel Blue Lucite with Swirl Band Decor Footed Bowl Vase | 1950s – 60s, German
THE ITEM This charming mid-century piece with its romantically moody Steel blue is crafted from Lucite (also known as Plexiglas). Lucite became widely available in the late 1930s as a lightweight alternative to glass and this particular piece is cool to touch as glass is as well as ringing with glass-like tones when gently tapped.
The footed form of this piece is well-balanced and functionally versatile, and also lends itself to excellent refractions. Crafted in a cool-toned Steel blue, it is further decorated with an overlay of handpainted sweeping and swirling bands in Lemon yellow and Tangerine Orange.
This retro Modernist piece will make an excellent accent piece to a room with similarly themed Mid Century, Modernist or Retro decor.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs. There is mild wear that is predominantly in the form of wear to the underside of the vase and negligible wear to the exterior body. There are a few minor inclusions from the production process and have been mentioned for completeness, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 4.3" / 11 cm x width: c. 4.7" / 12 cm (across the widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.2" / 5.6 cm. Rim (opening) diameter: c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight: 0.1 kg / 126 g
NOTES Bowl vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Swedish Gullaskruf, 4 Colour Dot Relief Glass Bowl and Saucer Set for 4 and Serving Bowl | 1960s-70s
THE ITEM This richly coloured 9 piece set of Swedish Modern design is by glass designer Lennart Anderssen (b. 1918 - d. 1999) for Gullaskruf glassworks.
The jewel-like colour palette of the set consists of a vibrant Cobalt blue, Ruby red, Ocean green and Grape purple. The form of the bowls is beautifully silhouetted with rounded angles, as is characteristic to Modern design with matching plates that have a gentle inversion and is otherwise smoothly disc-like. Each piece is finished with an accent of dotted reliefs arranged in 3 concentric circles. This set gives an incredible pop of colours to compliment the dining table.
CONDITION Superb. No significant damage such as cracks or repairs to the set, the following negligible wear and has been mentioned for completeness: - Large serving bowl: small chip on the rim measuring c. 0.2 mm. - Blue plate: very mild scratches. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The gold foil Gullaskruf label denoting 'GULLASKRUF, SWEDEN' is present on all pieces except for the small blue bowl.
MEASUREMENTS - Large Serving Bowl: Height c. 4.8" / 12.2 cm x c. 8" / 20.3 cm width (across widest point). Base diameter c. 2.5" / 6.3 cm. - Small Bowl: Height c. 2.3" / 5.8 cm x c. 4.2" / 10.6 cm width (across widest point). Base diameter c. 1.8" / 4.5 cm. - Saucer / Plate: Height c. 0.8" / 2 cm x c. 5.9" / 15 cm diameter (across widest point). Unpackaged weight [Full Set]: c. 2.3 kg / 2,291 g
NOTES Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Gullaskrufs glassworks (1927 - 1983) was a Swedish glassworks founded in Gullaskruv in by William Stenberg, glass production began in 1927. By 1930 Gullaskruf would exhibit their works at the Stockholm exhibition and around the same time, the glassworks came into contact with the foreign market. At that time, exports accounted for 45% of Gullaskruf's production and in addition to the USA and England, glass was exported to Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada, South America, Australia and South Africa.
Over the years, the glassworks would be resident to many great glass designers and artists, some of who became artistic director for Gullaskruf. Designers and artists included: Hugo Gehlin (b. 1889 - d. 1953), Lennart Andersson (b. 1918 - d. 1999), Arthur Percy (b. 1886 - d. 1976) and Kjell Blomberg (b. 1931 - d. 1989).
1970s Finnish Humppila Glassworks Kivi ‘Stone’ Series Amber Brown Bowl by Pertti Santalahti
THE ITEM A lovely example of Finnish art glass designed by Pertti Santalahti at Humppila glass works, the clear frosted textured glass 'petals' mimic ice and stone, often found in Finnish glass design.
The clear glass encases the rich amber brown base, supported by three small stud feet, and is from the Kivi 'stone' design series.
Excellent, very light wear commensurate with age, please see photos as part of condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 2.7" / 7 cm high by c. 6.5" / 16 cm across the widest point.
Unpackaged weight: 0.6 kg / 563 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items. More examples of Humppila Glass works can be found at: http://www.20thcenturyglass.com/glass_encyclopedia/scandinavian_glass/humppila_glass/humppilaglass_home.htm
A BIT OF HISTORY Humppila Glass (Finnish: Humppilan lasi) was founded in Finland in 1952, by three brothers: Jonni, Martti and Olavi Helander amd operated until 1979 when it over the Kumela factory and later became part of Nuutajarvi Glass Finland. Designers at Humppila during the 1970's included Pertti Santalahti, Kai Blomqvist, Tauno Wirkkala, Henrik Koivula and Vesa Antikainen.
Pertti Santalati (1941 - 2015) was a Finnish designer born in Helsinki, Santalahti studied at the School of Arts and Crafts at the sculpture department. He graduated as a designer in 1962. He worked as a designer at Kupittaan Savi, Nuutajärvi Glass, Alsterfors Glass Factory (Sweden), Arabica Ceramics Factory, Hackman Iittala. He became artistic director for Humppila in 1974.
Santalahti's works have been exhibited at joint exhibitions, including the Finnish Glass Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tampere and the Marjatta Gallery in Oslo. His works are in many collections, such as the Finnish Art Museums in Helsinki , the Finnish Glass Museum , the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tampere, the Finnish Museum of Applied Arts and abroad in Coburg, Germanyand the British Crafts Center in London.
1950s Bavarian Poschinger Art Nouveau Opal Iridescent, Blue and Green Threaded Footed Glass Bowl
The wonder of iridescent glass is when you think you're only looking at one or a few colours, and you are, but your eyes are also seeing a myriad of colours which have coalesced into that single or a few colours. You're seeing more than your eyes, or anyone else's eyes can handle in one go.
This wonder is very much evident in this piece of Art Nouveau influenced Poschinger art glass. The lightly ruffled rim gently ripples, the curves creating an ideal canvas to catch the light and reveal the colours in the opalescent surface. There is pale gold, a hint of pink, of the palest purple and indigo, and of course, the pearly translucent white. This is interwoven by the pale aqua and turquoise 'hearts and vines' threading.
A stunning piece of art to for display or use.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches - bears minimal surface wear on the underside of the base, as expected with age of piece, please see photos as part of condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 5.5" / 14 cm tall x c. 7.8" / 19.8 cm across rims widest point.
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 891 g
NOTES Glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The von Poschinger barons are among the oldest families in Bavaria; the first Poschinger was mentioned in a document as far back as 1140. Poschinger Glass is made in Frauenau, Germany and is the only German glass manufacturer specialising in custom manufacturing. One of the oldest family-run firms in the industry, the first glass foundry bought by the family dates all the way back to 1568, and fifteen generations of sons have run the business since then!
Over all these years, the Poschinger family has maintained a reputation for creating some of the finest Art Nouveau glass in the world. Everything they create is made by hand, and the sandblasted ‘P’ for Poschinger is the hallmark that signifies the authenticity of each piece.