Studio Ahus Sweden by Hanne Dreutler Optical Art Sculpted Art Glass Bowl, Signed and Dated
This superb and highly skilled work of Swedish design is a sculpted Op Art art glass bowl by Hanne Dreutler (b. 1942 - d. 2009), glass artist and silversmith. Dreutler's career included an important contribution to the art glass field in the excelling at a technique called Graal glass.
This particular piece bears vivid threads of vermilion red interwoven with deep cornflower blue, the visual overlapping of the lines creates the Op Art illusion and crosshatch effect. This net-like effect is suspended in a curved and clear glass form.
Good, no cracks. There are mild scratches and abrasion that does not significantly impact display - please see photos as part of the description. The underside base of the bowl is marked with the Studio Åhus mark and signed with the inscription 'STUDIO ÅHUS SWEDEN 2000 HD 42'
c. 5.1" / 13 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 8.9" / 22.5 cm in length x c. 7.2" / 18.2 cm width (across widest point.
Unpackaged weight: 3.7 kg / 3,654 g
Bowl will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Hanne Dreutler / Studio Ahus Hanne ( Hannelore ) Margarete Dreutler (b. 1942 - d. 2009) in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany was a German-Swedish glass artist and silversmith.
Dreutler studied at the Kunst Hochschule during 1959 in Basel, Switzerland, after which she studied at the College of Arts in Stockholm in 1961 training as an industrial designer and silversmith. Her qualifying piece of silver in 1967 was awarded the bronze medal and during that year, she worked as an independent silversmith in Stockholm.
She would go on to work for the Målerås and Flygsfors glassworks from 1968. In 1971, Dreutler moved to Kosta Boda where she would meet Arthur Zirnsack, and both would work under Vicke Lindstrand. Dreutler and Zirnsack married and the couple started their own glassworks, Studio Åhus in 1977. The glassworks specialised in the famous traditions of Scandinavian glass art and Lindstrand worked at Ahus after he retired from Kosta Boda.
Dreutler's career included an important contribution to the art glass field, in the excelling at a technique called Graal glass. Graal glass is the cutting and engraving to reveal different colours of a blown glass bubble that consists of one or more layers of coloured glass overlaid on clear glass. The bubble is reheated and re-blown to the final shape of the object. The invention of this difficult technique was considered the 'holy grail' of glassblowing - hence the name ('graal' is Swedish for grail).
Dreutler's achievements include representation at the Stockholm National Museum, the granting of Studio Ahus' appointment to the King of Sweden in 1993 and in 1999, the awarding of the Kristianstad Municipality's cultural prize.
1960s Swedish Jie Gantofta by Elsi Bourelius Modernist Stoneware and Ink Glaze Chalice Footed Bowl
This delicious looking work of Swedish Modern stoneware is by ceramist Elsi Bourelius (b. 1909 - d. 2001).
The clean form of this piece has been expertly made, even and balanced in the curve of the bowl and finished with a severe straight rim.
The uncomplicated form follows the Modernist design principle of providing an honest expression to the natural material of the piece. The rich, deep brown stoneware clay is given absolute centre stage and the final visual effect is similar to that of a dark chocolate cookie. The interior decor is a rich and glossy dark ink blue and is finished with five, small circular vents.
Simple and scrumptious, this piece would suit a space inspired by design themes such as Mid Century, Modernist, Contemporary or even Industrial.
Very good. No chips or cracks, there is use wear in the glaze decor that is commensurate with age of the piece - please refer to photos as part of condition report. The underside of the base is inscribed with Elsi's 'Elsi' signature and the number '350'.
c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm tall x c. 7" / 18 cm rim diameter. Base [foot] diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 778 g
Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Elsi Bourelius (b. 1909 - d. 2001)
Elsi was born Elsi Wahlquist, in Kalmar, Sweden and was a ceramist and a watercolour artist. She studied at the Stockholm Higher School of Art from 1929 to 1934 and as a scholar of the Swedish Crafts Association, she studied at the Handwerkerschule der Stadt Berlin from 1936 to 1937 before embarking on self-studies trips to Denmark and the Netherlands. Upon her return to Sweden, Elsi practiced her art at Steninge Keramik and Gabrielverken before she opening her own workshop in Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Her work involved a broad range of utility and ornamental items and her figures have since become popular amongst collectors. From 1965 to 1973, she also designed several objects for Jie Gantofta, amongst others, she became well known for her 'Skånetösen' figure. Her early works are signed "elsi" and later works were signed with her full name "Elsi Bourelius.
Jie Gantofta (1942 - 1992)
The company was founded by John Evert "Jie" Johnson in Helsingborg in 1942. They manufactured small articles in wood that were often supplemented with glass or ceramics. The company grew and in 1944, Jie moved the business to Gantofta. At this time, wooden goods were still being made, but Jie would go on to begin producing his own ceramics from 1952. Despite being host to many ceramists and designers such as Anita Nylund, Elsi Bourelius, Ulla Winblad and Lisa Larsson; sadly the company would eventually succumb to bankruptcy in 1992. The brand Jie Gantofta would be bought by a Portuguese company who moved production abroad.
1960s - 70s Swedish (Kosta) Boda Studio by Bertil Vallien Iridescent Blue and White Art Glass Bowl
THE ITEM This beautiful work of Swedish studio art glass is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), celebrated glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer. Valien's career in glass began at Boda Glassworks in 1963, upon his return to Sweden from his studies in art and ceramics, both in Sweden and the US.
Vallien's experimentation with sand casting glass techniques would eventually bring him fame and this fascination is evident even in this early exploratory piece.
The exterior surface of this piece is undulating, uneven and with a base colour of mottled, frosted white. The next layer of the decor is of striates in iridescent indigo, which encircles the bowl. The iridescence is underlined with one strong streak of glossy bubbled indigo, textured like lava rock. The interior of the bowl is a smooth, semi-matte and frosted layer of glass that is overlaid in iridescence. The overall effect is similar to that of a delicate bowl being carved from a geode of quartz crystal and lava.
This work was created in 'Boda Atelje' or 'Boda Studio', a small community that was built around glassworks where glass artists and designers had their own studio space to create more unique and smaller batched pieces.
Excellent, there are no chips or cracks, please do see photos as part of condition report. Underside of base is incised with 'BODA, B. VALLIEN, ATELJE 277' . The bowl is also labelled with the 'Handmade, Boda, Sweden' label that was in use prior to the Kosta Boda merging in 1976.
MEASUREMENTS Length c. 6.2" / 15.7 cm x c. 4.7" / 12 cm in width x c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm in height
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 420 g
NOTES Glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Born 1938, Bertil Vallien was only 15 when he left home, drawn by the allure of the big city. After a series of occasional jobs, as a window-dresser at one of the main department stores in Stockholm, and as an apprentice in his father's decorating firm, Vallien would eventually decide to become an artist which would lead him into the world of ceramics. The guidance he received in his early career included that of Stig Lindberg - one of Sweden's foremost designers of ceramic art and one of the leading designers for Rörstrand in the 1970's.
Today, Vallien is one of the most well-known representatives of 20th century Swedish ceramic and art glass design and is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design as well as abroad in the Everson Museum of Art of New York.
Valiien's works have only become more collectable over the years with sculptures from his Head and Journey (Boat) series fetching up to $20,000 USD.
1960s Danish Soholm Stentoj by Einar Johansen Blues and Burnt Orange Glaze Carved Stoneware Bowl
THE ITEM This work of Danish Mid Century Modernist design is by Einar Johansen of Soholm Pottery.
The piece is a handthrown and decorated work of stoneware or 'stentoj' in Danish, with the foundation of matte stoneware creating an ideal backdrop for the rich gloss glaze.
The richly detailed glaze is hinted at on the upper exterior of the bowl, however it is in the interior that the complexity is revealed as a vivid blend deep indigo, light and royal blues infusing with a blend of cream, cinnamon and burnt orange. The decor is painted in alternating and broadening concentric circles, with the warm glaze also being used to highlight the boldly carved abstract geometric pattern.
Excellent. No scratches, cracks or chips, there is mild use wear that is commensurate with age. The base is inscribed with the Soholm pottery mark 'SOHOLM STENTOJ, BORNHOLM, DENMARK' in use from the mid-20th century.
MEASUREMENTS c. 2.4" / 6 cm high by c. 5.3" / 13.5 cm rim diameter
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 359 g
NOTES Bowl will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Einar Johansen (b. 1906 - d. unknown) was a Danish ceramicist, who trained as a painter at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Later, Johansen would change his mind to became a pottery maker and had his own pottery from 1935 to1958. Johansen designed several series of beautiful stoneware and pottery during his time at Søholm from 1958 to 1968. Amongst his works, Johansen was most well known for the Blue series glazed stoneware, which has since become sought after.
Søholm Pottery was founded in 1835, in Rønne, Bornholm by Herman Sonne Wolffsen (1811-1887) and Edvard Christian Sonne, making it one of the oldest ceramic factories on Bornholm, until its closure in 1996.
During its infancy, Soholm mainly designed and manufactured yellow faience ware which progressed to works inspired by the Art Nouveau design movement in the early 20th century. At the time of WW2, Soholm would change its direction to supply dinnerware and utility items before regaining the scope for creative expression during the mid-20th century.
In the mid-20th century, Søholm produced a huge range of stoneware with different designs and shapes. Soholm's more famous stoneware series today, includes the Burgundia Series - a collaboration of design by Holm Sørensen decor by Svend Aage Jensen as well as Einar Johansens Blue series.
A variety of different ceramic artists worked at Soholm, including: Noomi Backhausen, Maria Phillippi, Nana Ditzel and Haico Nitzsche.
1970s West German Villeroy and Boch Modernist Art Glass, Swirl Op Art Decor Lead Crystal Bowl
This hypnotic handmade work of Modernist design is the beautiful craftsmanship of Villeroy and Boch.
The Op Art decor of the white, black, blue and turquoise swirling opens at the center of the bowl, with the wave of the swirl organically broadening as it reaches the rim. The effect is how you might imagine it to be if you were to take the swirl inside a giant glass marble and reshaped it into a vortex.
Made of Lead crystal, this piece has a much higher index of refraction than normal glass, and consequently a much greater "sparkle".
A BIT OF HISTORY
The company began in the tiny Lorraine village of Audun le Tiche, where the iron master François Boch set up a pottery company with his three sons in 1748. Some 27 years later, in 1785 Nicolas Villeroy became sole owner of the faience manufactory at Wallerfangen and it would be a further 51 years until the two companies would merge to become Villeroy & Boch, (V&B, also known simply as 'VB').
Although VB's roots began in ceramics, the company would go on to become a lifestyle company producing a wide range of wares for the home. Their renowned Mettlach tiles have gone on to decorate a number of historic landmarks, from Germany’s Cologne Cathedral to the Holland Tunnel in New York City. With it's elevated reputation, VB's tiles were included in the interior decor of the RMS Titanic.
Excellent, no chips, scratches or cracks. The original label reads as 'Handmade Villeroy & Boch, Crystal, 24% PbO' and on the base, there are the initials 'JAU'.
c. 3.9" / 10 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 11.4" / 29 cm in rim diameter. Base diameter: c. 3.3 " / 8.5 cm
Unpackaged weight: 3 kg / 3,048 g
Bowl will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
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.