1980s - 90s Italian Murano Sommerso Love Knot Blue and Fuchsia Abstract Art Glass Sculpture
THE ITEM This work of Murano Modernist art glass has been crafted using the unmistakable Sommerso technique and has been shaped into the form commonly known as the 'Love Knot'. The association of knots with the symbolism of love, friendship and affection dates back to antiquity.
The technique Sommerso (Literal translation 'submerged' in Italian) in Murano art glass features two or more layers of contrasting colours. These layers are first created before a final glass encasing is made, that is often a clear outer layer. The layers are created by dipping coloured glass into molten glass and then blowing the combination into a desired shape. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late 1930s and glass artists such as Flavio Poli and Archimede Seguso were known for using this technique.
The contours to the form of this particular piece are beautifully balanced and an excellent canvas for light refraction. The colour palette bears a vibrant blue core that is cased in a layer of fuchsia before a final clear casing.
A BIT OF HISTORY
History's opinion differs on whether the Sommerso technique was invented and subsequently brought to fame by glass artist Archimede Seguso (b. 1909 - d, 1999) or Flavio Poli (b. 1900 - d.1984) in the 1930s. Both artists were leading figures who worked together at the leading glassworks Seguso Vetri d’Arte.
Sommerso [Literal translation from Italian: 'submerged'] is used to create layers of glass - often several layers and usually with different contrasting colours - inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colours without mixing. The different layers of glass is put through heat, repeatedly immersing them in pots of molten coloured glass before being encased in an outer later of colourless glass.
Very Good. There is mild use wear primarily in the form of movement marks on the underside of the base and a single 2 mm 'fleabite' that is commensurable with the age of the piece - please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
c. 14.3" / 36.3 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 6" / 15.2 cm in width (across body's widest point). Base: c. 3.1" / 8 cm squared.
Unpackaged weight: 1.6 kg / 1,641 g
Sculpture will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1960s Italian Bertoncello Mid Century, Modernist Cream and Sienna Glaze Ceramic Jug Vase
THE ITEM Presenting a sculpted work of Italian Mid Century Modern, Modernist design by the Bertoncello pottery that was sadly closed in 1999.
The sumptuous glaze of this piece is smooth to touch and not too overtly glossy. Visually, it presents as a refined blending of rich, pale vanilla that is feathered with deep sienna, giving additional depth. Step back and look at the piece as a whole, the effect resembles leather or marbled stone.
The gently exaggerated curves in the 'bulb' and handle of the form adds to the sculpted look, as well as aesthetic balance.
A BIT OF HISTORY Bertoncello Ceramiche was founded in Schiavon, Italy around 1956. For many years it was run solely by a Mr. Lini and Giovanni Bertoncello (1930-2011), but by the 1970s had a staff of around 30. Giovanni was the creative force behind the forms and glazes, supported later by a Mr. Boatto – a Venetian teacher.
Sadly not a lot is known about the company because all its catalogues and archives were destroyed when the company closed in 1999. The forms of Bertoncello pottery are often very sculptural, modern and organic and some look like smaller studies or maquettes for massive modernist sculptures that are yet to be built. This sculptural appearance of many pieces was enhanced by the use of feet which subtly raise the piece off the surface on which it sits.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches to the body. There is imperceptible use wear ( mainly in light movement marks on the underside of the vase's base) - please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 7.3" / 18.5 cm tall by c. 4.7" / 12 cm wide (across body's widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.4" / 6 cm
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 352 g
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1980s Axia Abstract Female Form Sculpture in Pearl Grey, Gunmetal Grey, and Copper Lustre Decor
This graceful and sculpted work of Modern abstract design is by the mysterious Axia of Spain.
The piece is composed from well balanced and subtly curved angles to suggest form. The sidelong view suggests the female form, however, the sculpture certainly evokes other interpretations when viewed from other positions. Handmade from porcelain, the sculpture's base glaze is a subdued pearly grey lustre that is contrasted with highlights of copper as well as gunmetal grey.
The overall effect of the sculpture is of suggestive and understated glamour, and would suit a room with decor inspired by design themes such as Modern, Retro, Contemporary or Industrial.
Very good. There are no chips or cracks, age wear to the metallic glaze that is commensurable with age of the piece is present - please see photos as part of the condition report. Base bears the 'Axia, handmade in Spain' mark.
MEASUREMENTS c. " / 18 cm tall (from base to tallest point) by c. " / 24.5 cm length (across body's widest point). Sculpture width / depth: c. " / 9 cm.
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.7 kg / 671 g
NOTES Sculpture will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
1960s Finnish Humppila Glassworks Sculpted Ice Goblet Vase by Pertti Santalahti - Rare Charcoal Grey
THE ITEM An excellent example of Finnish art glass designed by Pertti Santalahti at Humppila glass works. Influenced by the Modernist and Brutalist design movement, the clear frosted glass 'petals' texturally mimics ice and stone, often found in Finnish glass design.
This expertly crafted piece would suit a contemporary, vintage or even industrial decor themed room.
Excellent, no damage or signs of use - please do see photos as part of the condition report. Vase is marked with the 'Humppila Handmade in Finland'
MEASUREMENTS c. 11.4" / 29 cm tall x c. 4.3" / 11 cm base diameter.
Unpackaged weight: c. 1.2 kg / 1,160 g
NOTES Glass vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY 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.
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.