Erwin Eisch for Eisch Glashütte 1983 Iridescent Pulled Feather Matte Grape Purple Art Glass Vase
THE ITEM This tall and graceful work of handblown art glass is by Erwin Eisch, German glass artist and painter.
The form of this piece is beautifully balanced with Art Nouveau and Loetz, Kralik influences yet still retaining the artistic creativity of Eisch. Lightly organic, this piece is finished with an undulating rim. The purple glass has finely 'pulled feather' detail within it that shows off fine bands of turquoise and apricot. The crackled gold iridescence begins at the rim, moves down from the neck and fans out around the body of the vase.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is negligible surface wear that is commensurate with the age of the piece - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base is inscribed with Eisch's signature of 'Eisch' and dated with '1983'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 18" / 46 cm x c. 5.6" / 15 cm diameter (across widest point). Unpackaged weight: c. 1.6 kg / 1,560 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY The glass-making tradition of the Eisch family has been traced back to Mathias Alesch, born in the Bohemian Forest in 1689 and listed among the employees of a small glassworks there. In December 1952 the first glass was smelted in what was at the time the latest and smallest glassworks in Bavaria. In spite of initial difficulties, by 1956 Eisch glassworks had expanded to a 12-pot furnace.
The full name - Glashütte Eisch, lies at the heart of the Bavarian Forest, it is here that the Eisch family has been producing hand-made glass for over 60 years. Erwin Eisch has been regarded as the founder of the international studio glass movement since the 1960s, with Harvey Littleton as one of the first artists to use glass as a medium of artistic expression.
1980s KARE Lamella, Mid Century Modernist, Dusk Palette Moon Table Lamp | Panton Design, Rare
THE ITEM This chic work of mid-century design is a stunning example of the beloved Space Age design of the sixties, originally designed by Verner Panton as a pendant lamp by Verner Panton. The overlapping, biomorphic 'Moon Lamp' design was made popular by leading designers such as Verner Panton, Henri Mathieu and Hans Agne Jakobsson.
The lampshade of this particular piece is formed of concentric acrylic slats that have been fitted to the chrome circular frame and stand. The rareness of this piece is not only in its design but even more so, as these lamps are rarely found in this Dusk palette of Bumblebee yellow and Saffron orange.
The beauty of this piece is that the tessellation and brightness of the light can be increased or decreased by adjusting the circular acrylic slats.
CONDITION Excellent. There is only mild use wear present on one slat and on the chrome base that is commensurate with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The electrical plug is a two-pin European fitting and the length of the cable is c. 63" / 160 cm. The underside of the base bears the remains of the KARE label.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 15" / 39 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 13" / 32 cm in diameter (across lamp shade's widest point. Base diameter: c.5.5" / 14 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.8 kg / 1,765 g
NOTES Lamp will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Kjell Engman 'Bon Bon' series, Kosta Boda, Candied Sapphire Blue and Coquelicot Orange Pitcher
THE ITEM This delicious handblown work of Post Modern art glass is by leading Swedish glass artist Kjell Engman (b. 1946 -), accoladed with the name 'Glass Wizard' for his unlimited imagination with art glass.
This piece is from the popular series named Bon Bon, designed by Engman in 1989. It's easy to see why this series was named Bon Bon, with the candy-coloured pieces ranging from pairing Lavender lilac with Lemon yellow to Marmalade orange with Sky blue.
The central part of this particular piece is spheroid shaped, beautifully curved and toned in a Candied Sapphire blue. Fused into the spheroid is the pitcher stem in striped tones of Coquelicot and Coral orange, the joining between the two colours is finished with light sand texture. This work is further accented with an organically shaped Lemon yellow handle and finished with a disc of clear glass for the base.
The overall composition of this work is of great harmony, demonstrated in the stunning blending of colour with form and size, makes this a statement piece.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repair. There is negligible surface wear and movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with the age of the piece - please see photos as they form part of the condition report. The base bears the original Kosta Boda label.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 14" / 36 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 8.1" / 20.5 cm in width (across widest point). Depth: c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm. Rim: c. 2.3" / 5.8 cm. Base: c. 3.9" / 10 cm Unpackaged weight: 1.9 kg / 1,880 g
NOTES Pitcher vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Kjell Engman (b. 1946 -), accoladed with the name 'Glass Wizard' for his unlimited imagination with art glass and known for being one of ten highly talented artists. Since joining Kosta Boda in 1978, Engman has designed a number of iconic series, drawing inspiration from diverse sources such as the animal kingdom, the world of music and entertainment.
Engman's style is distinctive and immediately recognisable. Common characteristics to his work include being bold, bright and colourful, ranging from the playful to the delicate to the sensuous. It could almost be described as Dali-esque and does not conform to preconceptions of simple, minimalist Swedish design.
Engman has often been commissioned at home in Sweden and abroad, designing works for public display and even famous pieces such as the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest trophy. Engman's latest works and installations can be found at his dedicated website: http://www.kjellengman.com/
THE ITEM This stunning handbuilt Contemporary work of Studio Pottery brings with it sharp vibes of Brutalist and Modernist design influences, with the overall composition reminiscent of Troika Pottery pieces.
The form of this piece is that of a stylised Slab (rectangular) Flask or Bottle with each surface bearing careful detail and a variety of techniques. The two 'faces' of the vase is glazed with a smooth, off-white tone which serves as an excellent canvas for the central textured reliefs.
On one side, the tactile relief is an attentive interweaving of contrasting spiked rows and punctures. The gloss glaze palette of the relief is encircled in a tone of Deep Royal blue that is also expertly blended with tones Powder white, Mocha, Demarara and Chocolate brown. This gentle blending creates a glaze effect often found in Fat Lava pottery and is further complimented with an abstract check pattern in the Deep Royal blue. The second relief feature is defined with raised geometric rows which have been irregularly punctured. The palette of this side is similarly encircled in Deep Royal blue and presents a blending of Powder white, Mocha, Demarara and Chocolate brown but also prominent strokes of Steel and Pale blue.
The piece is finished with a matte glaze of Dark and Tan brown that displays a tightly etched treebark-like texture.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, damage or repairs. There is very mild use wear that is most evident in movement marks on the underside of the base, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. One side of the vase bears the potters mark and the underside of the vase is marked with 'Web' and dated '93'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 7.8" / 20 cm x Width: c. 4.9" / 12.5cm (across widest point). Depth c. 2.2" / 5.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.2 kg / 1,205 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
French Studio Ceramic, Contemporary 'Sandstone' Stoneware Sculpture, Rectangle Vase | 1980s - 1990s
THE ITEM This richly detailed yet simply silhouetted studio ceramic sculpture is a work of contemporary French design.
Featured is a strong composition and fusion of techniques upon the clay as well as within the glaze. From the Sgrafitto-like etched accents, print impression to the clay to the layers of glaze which have been brush-painted and dripped. The colour palette is a harmonious blend of earth tones. The colours range across a spectrum of browns with some emphasised in a metallic tint and extends into the glossy Red Earth hues.
The sculpture features a combination of design influences from the Modernist celebration of functional form to the Brutalist ' celebration of raw materials. Crafted with a centralised reservoir, this piece is well suited to function as an Ikebana and indeed, both the form and colours hint at Japanese Raku pottery.
CONDITION Excellent. There is mild use wear in the form of movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Mentioned for completeness: There is a hairline fracture on the underside of the base, however, this is from the crafting process and not damage or defect, it is also not visible when the piece is upright and on display. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The piece is signed towards the base of one side panel.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 5.5" / 14 cm tall (from base to tallest point) x c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm width (across widest point). Depth: c. 2" / 5.1 cm (from front to back). Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 500 g
NOTES Sculpture will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Murano Onesto Oball Red, Blue and Amber Double Layer Sommerso Art Glass Bottle | 1990s
THE ITEM This vivid and striking work of Murano art glass design brings with it beauty created by expert glass working techniques of the Onesto's La Vetreria Artistica Oball glassworks studio.
This handblown and sculpted piece of art glass showcases one of Oball's iconic colour combinations. Suspended at its centre is the vibrant drop of Scarlet red that is enveloped in a graduating Azure blue and translucent Dandelion yellow. The piece is finished in a clear glass casing that is created from the well-known technique Sommerso.
CONDITION Superb. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is light use wear on the surface of the bottle which is not immediately visible and is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 3.5" / 9 cm x c. 3.7" / 9.3 cm wide (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.4" / 6 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.7 kg / 729 g.
NOTES Bottle will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY One of the most famous makers of Italian Murano art glass is Luigi Onesto who was immersed in the art from the early age of 15. Onesto would go on to found his own art glass studio, Vetreria Artistica Oball, where he now works with his sons.
Onesto's work is characterised by his exceptionally skilled use of the Sommerso technique. Sommerso involves layering multiple colours of glass for a very distinctive and beautiful effect. It is not a simple process by any means and is one of the most commonly known Murano techniques, which in Italian literally means “submerged”. This technique is used to create several layers of glass (usually with different contrasting colours) inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colours without mixing and a big drop of colour captured in clear glass.
1996 Atelier MicMac by Bea Schröder, Striking Pictographic Abstract Painting in Red | Signed, Dated
THE ITEM This vivaciously spirited and tactile composition is by German artist Bea Schröder from Atelier MicMac, Düsseldorf, Germany.
This particular piece is an earlier work that incorporates a broad spectrum of techniques as well as multiple media types, brought together to create an expression of Schröder's pictographic and symbol-based 'MicMac' art form.
Schröder's MicMac repertoire includes translations of hieroglyphs, petroglyphs from the ancient times, modern iconographic signs of our time, as well as symbols from the Mi'kmaq Indians, one of the First Nations who still live in Canada.
From an interview with the artist; "You don't need an ethnologist to decipher it. You just have to listen to your inner voice." “You recognize the signs, even if you don't know them. The brain begins to work with them and develop their own interpretations.”
CONDITION Superb. There is negligible age wear that is commensurable with the age of the piece, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The bottom right corner of the painting is signed with Schröder's signature and dated to 1996.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 19.7" / 50 cm tall x c. 19.7" / 50 cm width. Depth: c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.6 kg / 1,630 gm.
NOTES Painting will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Schröder has been a freelance artist since 1992 and enjoyed such success that she went on to establish her own art studio Atelier MicMac in Dusseldorf, Germany.
In Schröder's own words, her art form is MicMac, inspired by her first encounter with the emotional power of symbols used by the Mi'kmaq Indians, one of the First Nations who still live in Canada.
She has incorporated many of the Mi'kmaq symbols into her art as well as being inspired by the bright colours and simple symbols from the Neolithic caves, which were originally used by people to communicate within their communities. Schroder says “Today's caves are homes and workplaces" and translates hieroglyphs and petroglyphs from ancient times into contemporary symbolic languages. She sees her art of communication and motivation as "cave painting for the 21st century".
Maria & Schott for Töpferei Schott Studio,'Gathered Pilze' Relief Ceramic Sculpture Vase | 1980s-90s
THE ITEM This exceptionally tactile and sculpted work of studio pottery is by German ceramists Maria & Schott for their Töpferei Schott Pottery Studio in Petershagen.
From the form to the glaze, the sophisticated technique, artistic skill and level of detail in this piece is stunning. The form is broadly a sphere which has been gradually built upwards and outwards with the splendid relief decor. On two opposing sides, there are the lightly gathered billows of fabric-like folds with cross-check pattern detail. The fabric-like folds gently support the remaining sides, which resemble leaves gently cupping around the mushroom 'pilze' posies.
The sculpture is glazed with a dramatic colour palette that highlights the various silhouettes and textures of the relief decor. The colour palette includes a flowing blend of Azure blue blended with pale Stone beige and varying tones of Grey, Charcoal as well as Jet black.
CONDITION Excellent. No crazing, chips, cracks, scratches or repairs. There is mild use wear, most evident in light 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. The base is inscribed with Maria and Schott's signature.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 7.5" / 19 cm tall (base to tallest point) x c. 7.7" / 19.5 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm. Rim opening diameter (widest): c. 2.8" / 7 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.3 kg / 2,308 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Vintage Henrik Knudsen, Bornholm Studio Pottery Hare's Fur Glaze Teardop Candleholder | Danish
THE ITEM This unique work of hand-worked studio pottery is by Danish ceramist, Henrik Knudsen (b. 1943 - d. 2019), created for his own workshop in Nylars of Bornholm, Denmark.
The form of this piece bears the hallmarks of exquisite technique, from the beautifully balanced abstract teardrop shape to the hand-cut filigree openings. The care and attention in crafting this piece even extends to the polishing of the edges for each irregular-jigsaw shaped opening.
The glaze of this piece is a delicately streaked Hare's Fur glaze, the palette of which is composed of a range of browns. The base glaze is of a semi-matte and warm Caramel which has been interspersed with shades of Coffee and Dark Chocolate.
This subtly refined piece is excellent for standalone display or as a candleholder.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips, damage or repairs. There is mild age wear most evident in mild movement marks on the underside of the base, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is marked with Knudsen's signature 'Henrik' and stamp of 'BORNHOLM'.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 7.9" / 20 cm x diameter: c. 3.9" / 10 cm (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 423 g
NOTES Candleholder will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Rubus Series by Gunnar Muskos, 'Hjortron' Cloudberry Lantern, Amber Glass and Brass | Swedish, 1980s
THE ITEM This very rare, adorable and utterly charming piece of Swedish history is the 'Hjortron' [Cloudberry] lantern from the Rubus series designed by Gunnar Muskos at Trollhedens Design in Boden, Northern Sweden.
The Rubus series includes many designs for lighting based on the raspberry, cloudberry and blackberry. The lanterns, like this Cloudberry piece are all with brass leaves as feet. The actual glass is likely to have been handblown at Mantorp Glasbruk, a glassworks based in the town of Mantorp with a population of c. 3,700.
The bubbly form of the glass provides a fantastic canvas for candlelight within to play with and during brighter days, sunlight. The warmth and glow created, as well as the refractions from the tactile bubble surface, is positively joyful.
CONDITION Superb. No chips, cracks or repairs. Mentioned for completeness: the rim of the glass has one negligible flake measuring c. 0.1 mm and 2 similar sized flakes on the base rim, and the brass has minor surface wear that is commensurable with age. Please see photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 4.3" / 11 cm x c. 6.3" / 16 cm in width (max diameter across base). Diameter of glass: c. 4.6" / 12 cm (across widest point).Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 354 gm.
NOTES Lantern will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Hilborn Art Pottery Studio Espresso Brown, Gold and Blue Relief Decor Dish | 1980s, Canadian
THE ITEM This sculpted work of handmade art pottery is by Canadian ceramic artist Nancy Hilborn of Hilborn Pottery Design.
The dish is very tactile and in a form reminiscent of a blooming poppy and the sgraffito decor brings to mind Art Nouveau design. The glaze carries a metallic sheen and is a swirling mix of rich tones favoured by Hilborn in a palette of Espresso brown interspersing with golden browns and diffused ink blue.
This sweet piece would be great for decorative display or for functional use as a dish for a dip or snacks.
A BIT OF HISTORY Hilborn Pottery Design studio was founded in 1975 by Rick and Nancy Hilborn. Nancy was born in Toronto, Canada and studied at the University of Waterloo (B.A.) as well as the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Nancy has since won the Award of Merit at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas as well as having been inducted to Canada's One of a Kind Hall of Fame in 2014. Hilborn Pottery has been and still is producing functional art pottery.
CONDITION Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs there is mild wear present on the underside of the base that is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Measures c. 1.6" / 4.2 cm tall (from tallest point to base) x c. 5.2" / 13.2 cm wide (across widest point) x c. 3.8" / 9.7 cm in length (base diameter). Unpackaged weight: c. 0.2 kg / 218 g. The underside of the dish bears the studio's signature of 'Hilborn'
NOTES Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Bertil Vallien for (Kosta) Boda, Volcano Series, Iridescent Studio Art Glass Lamp Base, 1980s
This magnificent work of handblown Swedish art glass is by Bertil Vallien (b. 1938 - ), celebrated glass artist, sculptor, ceramist and designer.
This piece is from the collectable 'Volcano' or 'Vulcano' series from the 'Artist Collection'. The Artist Collection concept was introduced by Vallien to give glass artists the freedom for personal, creative expression and to remove the 'mass-produced' feeling. Pieces are limited edition studio works, individual to the artist that created them.
This particular piece is gently freeform and sculptural, substantial, almost boulder-like and is composed of a frosted and iridescent, purple frit-glass giving the closely freckled effect. The iridescence shows of blues, greens and golds.
Embedded in the body are threads and two discs of red which displays a golden sheen. The veined and myriad decor mimics the moments of lava fragments pooling and coloured with a resplendently oiled iridescence.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs. There is negligible age wear, predominantly to the chrome lamp fitting and is consistent with the age of the piece - please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The base is engraved with 'BODA 98170 B VALLIEN'. The base is also labelled with the 'KOSTA BODA, SWEDEN' paper label.
Height: c. 12.6" / 32 cm - including lamp fitting, height: c. 7.5" / 19 cm - excluding lamp fitting. Width: c. 8.3" / 21 cm in x depth: 6.9" / 17.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.4 kg / 2,363 g
Lamp base 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.