1970s Sanyu Glassworks Narumi Series Orange and Cerulean Blue Sommerso Art Glass Dish | Japanese
THE ITEM This beautifully sculpted and handblown piece is the work of Japanese glassworks Sanyu and from the Narumi Fantasy glass candy-like coloured series.
The form is superbly organic with three points on either side of the central inward-folding points, making this piece very tactile and giving it a prismatic ability. The colour palette is seemingly simple, with small pools of Mandarin orange and Cerulean Blue which are suspended in the clear glass. However, the hidden magic in this piece is very apparent when it is placed in the pathway of sunlight and surfaces light up from the refractions thrown.
CONDITION Superb. No chips or cracks or damage, There is mild wear, predominantly on the end of each point as well as movement marks on the underside of the base which is commensurate with age. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 2.7" / 7 cm tall x c. 8.7" / 22.2 cm length x c. 6" / 15.2 cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 3.3" / 8.3 cm x c. 3.8" / 9.6 cm. Unpackaged weight c. 1.5 kg / 1,518 g
NOTES Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY The quality of Japanese art glass during the 1950s to the 1970s rivalled that of Murano, Scandinavian, and Czech glass production, however, recognition was relatively low and most pieces imported into the Western market were often simply marked with the word 'Foreign' or not at all. It is rare to discover pieces with the original glassworks or importing company's label.
Toshichi (Tosti) Iwata, Kamei, Millefiori Sommerso Studio Art Glass c.14” | 1960s-70s, Japanese
THE ITEM This exceptional and majestic work of studio art glass is by Japanese glass artist, Toshichi (Tosti) Iwata (b. 1893 - d. 1980).
Bearing the different hallmarks of Venetian art glass techniques, it would be easy to mistake this piece for an unusual work of Murano but it is these hallmarks that are characteristic of Iwata's style. From Iwata's 20 year stay in Murano, Italy and exploration into Venetian glass techniques; his style became preferenced to including gold strips (Avventurine technique), stretched Millefiori and finishing with an overall layer of clear glass (Sommerso technique). Other Iwata signature characteristics are a preference for streaks and trails of bright colour and including jet black in the colour palette.
The elegant baluster form of this piece is not unusual as many of Iwatas pieces are simple and elegant in form, however, the size is a particularly rare find. The immensity of this piece is also why the discs of Millefiori measure 1"+ and the weight comes in at over 4 kg / 9 lbs. The body of this piece is an opaque Peach tone that is overlaid with translucent swathes of Deep orange and Crimson red, these fiery tones meld with sweeps of opaque and translucent Jet black. Overlaying the background are delicate undulating trails of white, yellow and peach as well as multiple discs of stretched Millefiori.
This incredible piece is as bold as it is dominating of the space it is displayed in and brings with it it's own timeless contemporary style.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs, very mild use wear is present and predominantly in the form of movement marks on the underside base of the vase, which is commensurable with age. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 14" / 35.5 cm tall x c. 7.9" / 20 cm diameter width (across widest point / rim). Base diameter: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm. Rim diameter: c. 5" / 12.8 cm. Unpackaged weight c. 4.2 kg / 4,228 g / 9.3 lbs.
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Toshichi (Tosti) Iwata (b. 1893 - d. 1980) was a glass artist who came from a family that owned a glassworks in Osaka, Japan. Iwata's family would go on to own one of the two major Japanese glassworks during the 1940s and 1950s. Iwata himself visited Murano in Italy in the mid-1930s, where he became inspired to remain for 20 years and explored the techniques within the art of Venetian glass.
He would eventually return to Osaka and Kamei glassworks in the 1950s to oversee export production and more importantly, to explore original studio art glass pieces. Iwata's studio work is heavily influenced by the two decades of experience in Murano and his signature characteristics include: strips of embedded gold (Avventurine technique), streaks of bright colour and stretched Millefiori, jet black included into the main body and an overall layer of clear glass (Sommerso technique). His studio pieces became part of the Japanese studio art glass scene and these contemporary designed pieces have now become rare
The quality of Japanese art glass during the 1950s to the 1970s rivalled that of Murano, Scandinavian, and Czech glass production, however, recognition was relatively low and most pieces imported into the Western market were often simply marked with the word 'Foreign' or not at all.
1960s Japanese Multiglass (FTG) Clear, Blue and Green Art Glass Baluster and Scroll Work Vase
This serene work of handblown art glass is by Japanese glassworks Multiglass (previously known as FTG glass, full name Fukuoka Glass).
The form is the classic baluster that has been enriched with subtle detail. An elegant band of scroll work at the base of the neck and encircling the body, are gentle ridges. The added detail creates an excellent canvas for light refraction and as can be seen in the photos, the subsequent effect of the layered swathes of cobalt blue and emerald green dancing in the light is stunning.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Unfortunately little is known about Fukuoka Glass, at least this is the case in the Western world. FTG glass was founded in the Fukuoka prefecture in the Northern shores of Japan's Kyushu Island with a history of over 80 years in art glass.
The glassworks specialised in handblown vases, tableware and ornaments using their own technique of multi layering glass, very similar to Murano's Sommerso technique. Their skill and technique won them the Grand Prix in Paris in 1937 and designation as Fukuoka's special craft product since the late 1980s. FTG glass was renamed as Multiglass since the early 1960s.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or signs of use. There is negligible age-wear that is commensurable with age - please see photos as part of the condition report. Vase bears original Multiglass 'M', 'Made in Japan' paper label.
c. 10.4" / 26.5 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 4.7" / 12 cm in diameter (across bodys widest point). c. 4.3 /11 cm.
Unpackaged weight: 2.4 kg / 2,385 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.