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.
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.
THE ITEM This elegant work of sculpted studio pottery art is from the eighties Memphis design era and is crafted from ceramic Bisque.
Subtle and sensually geometric with an abundance of refined detail, the form can be interpreted as abstract human or blade-like. The matte glaze is gossamer-light, with a single gloss glazed spot in Azure blue. The piece is suspended in a soldered brace which sits in a matte Charcoal grey bisque stand.
CONDITION Very Good. There is mild wear on the grey bisque stand that is consistent with the age of the piece. Mentioned for completeness: there is a single chip on one side of the sculpture's base which detracts minimally and can only be seen from a few angles. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The base bears the studio's logo in raised relief.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 7.9" / 20 cm tall, with stand. Height c. 6.9" / 17.5 cm tall, without stand x c. 2" / 5 cm width (across body's widest point). Base diameter: c. 2" / 5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.1 kg / 109 gm.
NOTES Sculpture will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
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.
Wolf Karnagel for Toro Ceramica, Post Modern Ceramic Vase in Grey, Yellow and Blue | 1980s, Rare
THE ITEM This stunning pair of Postmodern design is by Wolf Karnagel, celebrated visionary German artist and designer for Toro Ceramica of Valencia.
The form of these vases are organically reminiscent, like that of a Manta Ray with its wing outspread and yet industrially stylised. The glaze is a matte Slate blue-grey which has been edged in the glossy Electric yellow. The interior is glazed with a sharply contrasting, glossy Indigo blue. The tactile form and variations between glossy and matte glaze invites touch, embodying the 'haptically attractive' characteristic of Karnagels designs. This design, particularly in this size, are a rare find.
CONDITION Excellent. No cracks or repairs. There is minimal use wear, predominantly movement marks on the underside of the vase bases. There is a single, negligible chip on the top corner of one vase measuring c. 0.2 mm x 0.1 mm. The vases bear Karnagel's signature on the base and 'DESIGN, WOLF KARNAGEL', the underside of the bases bear Toro's 'TORO CERAMICA, VALENCIA, EUROPA' stamp.
MEASUREMENTS c. " / 25 cm tall (from base to rim) x " / 16.5 cm rim diameter. Base diameter: c. " / 7.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: 1.5 kg / 1,453 g
NOTES Vases will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Karnagel studied form design with Bodo Kampmann in the 1960s, during which he also began his career with KPM in 1967. After two years, he moved to Rosenthal where he developed his reputation as a visionary. His designs for Rosenthal were continually success, winning him 10 industrial design awards for series such as 'Plus', 'Joy', 'Big Ben'. His reputation grew to an international scale as many big names commissioned his to design for them, brands in his repertoire include Hutschenreuther, Ionia, Lufthansa, Theresienthal, Toro and Villeroy & Boch,
Karnagel's style is known to be 'haptically attractive', tactile forms which invite touch and at the same time, practical in use and durable. He sought ways to connect and interlock natural forms and believed in the timelessness of style in shape.
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.
Rosenthal Studio Line, XL Queensberry Marble Sculptural Ceramic Dish, 1980s West German
Presenting this chic work of Modernist design by renowned porcelain and ceramics manufactory Rosenthal.
The elegant decor is matte, very tactile and named 'Queensberry Marble'. The popularity of the Queensberry Marble decor subsequently led to a variation of the decor in blue and pink, and was incorporated into further designs in porcelain and ceramic by designers such as Uta Feyl, Lord David Queensberry and Rosemunde Nairac.
The sculpted form with flared rim design provides an excellent canvas and compliment to the decor.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs, there is minimal wear of movement marks 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. The base of the dish bears the Rosenthal Studio Line ceramic marker.
Height: c. 3" / 7.5 cm tall (from base to rim) x outer rim diameter: c. 13.6" / 34.5 cm. Inner diameter: c. 6.7" / 17 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2 kg / 1,953 g
Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Rosenthal (1879 - present) Rosenthal was originally founded by Philipp Rosenthal in 1879 who had moved his porcelain painting skills from Werl (to Selb in Bavaria. The company grew from strength to strength over the years with original pieces designed by artists and in the 20th century, infamous artists who contributed their creative design included as Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Walter Gropius.
The first Rosenthal Studio Line House was established in 1960, Nuremberg, specialising in design-oriented crockery art objects made of ceramic, porcelain and glass. By 1997, Rosenthal was the market leader for high-quality porcelain and glassware in Germany and was the world market leader in conjunction with Waterford Wedgwood.
Sadly, in 2008, the Waterford Wedgwood Group would divest their Rosenthal shares, this would be followed by the subsequent collapse of Waterford Wedgwood and the company filed for insolvency in January 2009. Today, Rosenthal operates as an independent company and is part of Sambonet Paderno Industrie.
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.
1982 Udo Edelmann, Hand Blown 'Lava Ocean' Melted Layers Art Glass Ball Vase - Signed, West German
This exceptional work of handblown art glass is by Udo Edelmann (b. 1938 -), designer, glass master and sculptor. Edelmann is regarded as "one of the most important German studio glass artists of his generation."
- source: Rheinische Museum, Germany
Suspended in the thick-walled glass are a multitude of textures such as folds, swathes layers, melts, fragments and natural bubbles. The colours both opaque and transparent, spread across a range of pink, Cranberry red, Wine, red, bronze and dark aluminium.
Excellent. No cracks or repairs, there is nominal surface wear commensurate with the age of the piece, please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base is inscribed with Edelmann's signature of 'Edelmann' and dated '82'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 4.7" / 12cm x c. 5.5" / 14 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.4 kg / 2,423 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Edelmann was born in Landsberg an der Warthe in the then province of Brandenburg and first came into contact with glass in Schleswig-Holstein and his fascination with glass has accompanied him throughout his life. To gain professional access to the glass, Edelmann studied chemistry and technology and then completed an apprenticeship at the Staatliche Glasfachschule Rheinbach; where he later took on a teaching assignment and would go on to become a technical director.
Throughout his career, Edelmann has participated in over 55 exhibitions and his expertise consulted across a number of projects. Significant projects include the replication of antique glass collection for the Roman-Germanic Museum Cologne, and leading the planning as well as the construction of glassworks for the PRC in Guangzhou
Many pieces of Edelmann's works are in public possession, having been purchased by museums. Museums that have purchased his work include: the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, the Glasmuseum Frauenau, the Victoria & Albert Museum London, the Hessian State Museum Kassel, the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs Lausanne (today: MUDAC), the Cultural History Museum Osnabrück , the Glasmuseum Rheinbach, the Württemberg State Museum Stuttgart, the Glass Museum Ebeltoft in Denmark and the Muzeum Lubuskie em. Jana Dekerta, Gorzow Wlkp, Poland.
Ulrica Hydman Vallien for (Kosta) Boda, 'Pastel' and Blue Stripe Series, Trio of Mini Art Glass
This playful, Summery trio of handmade Swedish art glass is by Ulrica Hydman-Vallien (b. 1938 - d. 2018), celebrated artist who specialised in stained glass and decorative painting.
The dish and flask formed vase is from Hydman-Vallien's 'Pastel' series and all three handmade works are miniatures from Boda's 'Artist Collection'. The Artist Collection concept was introduced to give glass artists the freedom for personal, creative expression and to remove the 'mass produced' feeling. Artist Collection pieces are limited edition studio works, individual to the artist that created them.
The dish and flask formed vase is predominantly crafted from a sweet pink frit that has been blended with lime green and azure blue frit glass. The frit glass technique merges fragments of coloured glass in clear glass to create the closely freckled effect, similar to the drifting within a snow-globe.
The translucent goblet is also crafted from an opaline white frit glass that has been additionally detailed with a gently corded stem and is finished with the handpainted cobalt blue stripes.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs, please refer to photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base on both pieces is engraved with 'BODA, ARTIST COL, B VALLIEN'. The green bottle is engraved with the number '48010' and the purple bottle is engraved with the number '48008'. The green bottle is also labelled with the 'Handmade, Boda, Sweden' label.
- Pink flask vase. Height: c. 2.4" / 6.2 cm x c. 2" / 5.2 cm base diameter. Rim diameter: c. 1.6" / 4 cm.
- Pink dish. Height: c. 1.2" / 3 cm x c. 3.7" / 9.4 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.2" / 3 cm.
- Striped goblet. Height: c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm x c. 1.9" / 4.8 cm diameter (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.6" / 4 cm.
Unpackaged weight (all pieces): c. 0.2 kg / 212 g
The glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Ulrica Hydman-Vallien (b. 1938 - d. 2018)
"Ulrica Hydman-Vallien can certainly not be accused of being ordinary. Her design has had its own style ever since the beginning of her artistic career. Already when Ulrica was 17 years old she became a student at the College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, and went on to further study in the USA and Mexico.
Throughout her career, she has explored a variety of means of expression. It was only in 1972 that she started as a glass designer at Kosta Boda, where her imagination has been expressed in many ways. Ulrica's hallmark has become the painted glass, which has been very successful for a very long time. Above all, many associate her with the tulips in the series Tulipa, which was launched in the 1990's. The colourful, defined and intense idiom recurs in everything that Ulrica creates for Kosta Boda."