Iwatsu Hineri Glassworks, Handblown Sculpted Dish in Summer Berries Palette, 1960s-70s, Japanese
This outstanding work of mid-century handblown art glass is of Japanese art glass design and by the well known Japanese glassworks of Iwatsu who were known to have produced art glass under the labels of Hineri and Art Glass.
There is an air of graceful elegance in the form of this piece and has accents that are similar to a dish from the Fantasy series by another well known Japanese art glass studio Sanyu. The form of the main body proudly displays the evenly curved and organically shaped segments which alternate between curling and unfurling. The palette of this piece is a combination of Raspberry pink, Grape purple, Blueberries and Blueberry Soda blue. The colour palette combined with the form makes this piece a rare find.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs, the most considerable age-wear are movement marks and flakes that are on the underside of the base and are commensurable with age. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base has a concave pontil that is a known finishing touch of Iwatsu.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 2.2" / 5.5 cm (base to rim) Length/Width: c. 9.3" / 23.5 cm x c. 9.3" / 23.5 cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 4.3" / 11 cm x c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.3 kg / 1,260 g
NOTES Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Iwatsu Glassworks Unfortunately, little is known about Iwatsu despite being one of the largest glassmakers in Japan, the commonly cited and understood reason is due to language barriers. However, Iwatsu is deemed to have produced art glass under the Hineri and Art Glass labels before closing in the 1990s. Iwatsu were known to have been based in Osaka in Japan, producing colourful art glass during the 1970s. The quality and style of their work rivalled and is often mistaken for, Italian Murano glass and Czech glass from the same period.
Hjordis Oldfors for Upsala Ekeby, 1955 'Diagonal' Series, Olive and Umber Modernist Sculptural Vase
This elegant work of Swedish Mid Century Modern design is by Hjördis Oldfors (b. 1920 - d. 2014) for Upsala Ekeby. Oldfors was a celebrated Swedish ceramicist, painting and textile artist, known for many series she designed at Upsala Ekeby which went on to become classics.
This hand-thrown and hand-glazed work comes from Oldfors Diagonal series, for which there are six works of earthenware bowls and vases designed in 1955. The series is characterised by the slender, unglazed Warm Mocha brown band that separates the glossy Powdered Olive-Gold and Espresso Umber glazed aspects. The combination of the silky smooth glaze bands and the unglazed elements present a striking and tactile contrast. The form of this piece and of the series is undeniably Modernist in design, highlighting the seamless harmony of function, form and the raw materials
CONDITION Excellent - there are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is age commensurate wear in the form of faint movement marks on the underside of the base. The underside of the base is inscribed with Upsala Ekebys 'UE' and Oldfors 'HJ' monograms and the model number '5064'.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 7.5" / 19 cm tall (from base to rim). Rim measurements: c. 3.7" / 9.3 cm (across widest point) x c. 2.5" / 6.3cm. Base measurements: c. 2.5" / 6.3 cm x c. 2" / 5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.6 kg / 565 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Hjördis Hanna Maria Oldfors (b. 1920 - d. 2014) was a celebrated Swedish ceramicist, painting, and textile artist. Oldfors is known for many series she designed at Upsala Ekeby which went on to become classics; including Poäng (Points), Kokos (Coconut), Trio (Trio), Palma (Palma), and Granit (Granite). Oldfors is represented at a number of museums including; National Museum (Sweden), Röhsska Museum, and at the Nordenfjeldske Konstindustrimuseum.
Though Oldfors was a late arrival to her ceramics career, beginning her studies in 1947 in Gothenburg, she became incredibly successful. Her career at Upsala Ekeby began in 1950 when she was 30 and she would go on to set up her own studio 'Bränd Form' with a number of exhibitions representing Upsala Ekeby and her own studio. The curators of the day are notably known to have said "She has an astonishing certainty in the abstract decor and its adaptation to the form. In this area, she does not have many competitors in our ceramics."
Ingrid Atterberg for Upsala Ekeby, Pair of 1949 'Spiral' Series Sculptural Earthenware Vases
These exceptional works of Swedish Mid Century Modern design are by Ingrid Atterberg, (b. 1920 - d. 2008) a celebrated epitome of illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century and leading designer for Upsala Ekeby, whom she designed these vases for.
These hand-thrown and hand-glazed works come from Atterberg's Spiral series designed in 1949. The series is characterised by the slender, graceful bottle-form vases are made from earthenware, with its iconic spiralling bands of alternating glossy Bumblebee yellow and Milk white. The combination of the smooth glaze bands and the unglazed elements present a striking and tactile contrast.
CONDITION - Excellent - The taller 2049 vase has the faintest wear to the unglazed elements that is commensurable with the age of the piece. The underside is inscribed with 'UE, 2049 and Atterberg's 'Abg' initials. - Very Good - The smaller 2048 has a single, barely perceptible flake to the rim c. 2mm. The underside is inscribed with 'UE, 2048 and Atterberg's 'Abg' initials. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS - 2049 Vase c. 11" / 28 cm tall (from base to rim) x c. 1.3" / 3.4 cm rim diameter. Diameter: c. 3.5" / 9 cm (across widest point. Base diameter: c. 2.3" / 5.8 cm. - 2048 Vase c. 7.7" / 19.6 cm tall (from base to rim) x 1" / 2.5 cm rim diameter. Diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm (across widest point. Base diameter: c.1.7" / 4.2 cm. Unpackaged weight [pair]: c. 1.2 kg / 1,190 g
NOTES Vases will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Ingrid Magdalena Atterberg-Göransson (b. 1920 - d. 2008) a celebrated epitome of illustrious Swedish ceramic design of the 20th century and leading designer for Upsala Ekeby in the 1950s and 1960s. Atterberg is represented at the Swedish National Museum of Art and Design.
In 1944, she was employed at Upsala Ekeby, where appreciation for her works as a ceramicist grew over the years. She wa known for using 'manganese clay' in the 1940s and chamotte in the 1950s, and successfully developed her own glazes. In the late 1940s, her own collection called "Ekeby Verkstad" was born with a numbered series that began at 100.
Atterberg had several exhibitions and received a gold medal for her work in Ital as well as completing a number of public commissions