1980s Eis / Ice Glas Art Deco Frosted Ice and Icicles Plafoniere Bubble Glass Wall / Ceiling Lamp
THE ITEM Yes, the surface of this feels like the smooth frosted ice and clear icicles which the photos depict.
The bubbles are beautifully balanced, there are 12 frosted ice 'bubbles' on the bottom layer - 3 on each side, then a further 16 of these ice bubbles on the top layer, 4 on each side. Nestled at the centre are the 12 clear icicles sitting snugly in the gaps between the outer bubbles. Together as a piece, the ice and icicles resemble an ice sculpture of an abstract frozen flower.
Though this is quite a young vintage piece, it has an abundance of style, more than fitting the phrase, "just because it's modern, it doesn't mean it doesn't have style". The style influences are a harmony of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, of sleek and sophisticated elegance, and luxury.
As a Plafoniere (Italian for 'Ceiling') light, this would sit very well on the ceiling, although, I personally feel that to do this piece justice, it should be displayed on the wall, somewhere where it can be appreciated without the need to stretch your line of sight up to the ceiling.
A BIT OF HISTORY Sadly its not been possible to trace the designer and manufacturer for this piece.
CONDITION Superb - no cracks or chips to the glass, 2 - 3 nominal / light marks to the underside of the bubbles towards the the metal bracket. Light needs to be wired for fitting and is in working order, takes 25W screw fit candle bulb.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 4" / 10 cm x Width of c 7.7" / 19.5 cm x length of 7.7" / 19.5 cm Unpackaged weight: c. 1.35 kg / 1,348 g
NOTES Light will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Antique Victorian Era Trial Sommerso Ruffle Rim White, Blue and Yellow Jack in the Pulpit Glass Vase
THE ITEM This subtly glamorous piece comes to you as a combination from many worlds, the ruffle neck rim and white milk glass, this is cased in a clear glass within which slices of turquoise blue glass has been incorporated, and as a finishing touch, trails of clear yellow glass has been applied all around the body.
Despite the indications of age, the colours and design is timeless and can easily adapt to a retro or modernistic room. I feel this is a sunny, playful yet elegant piece, with hints of a Summers day which has a cool light breeze and this is what it could bring to brighten up any room in need of these elements.
A BIT OF HISTORY Unfortunately it's not been possible to track down the provenance of this piece, however, there are various qualities to the glass that can help direct us approximately.
The ruffle neck rim, the use of the white milk glass, the colour palette of the yellow and the turquoise and the inverted coarse pontil mark are all indicators of glass that was made during the victorian era.
As for the use of a somewhat primitive version of the Sommerso technique, it is relatively well known that the italian glass submersion Sommerso technique was invented until around the 1930s, however, that doesn't mean that glass artists before that time didn't experiment and innovate. This piece appears to be one of those such pieces of creative experimentation and innovation.
CONDITION Excellent, no chips scratches or cracks to the body of the vase, the base bears a chip to the edge of the pontil mark (A variable size type of scar or roughage left on the base by a pontil 'glassblowers' rod. ) which is completely not visible when the vase is upright, please see photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 14" / 35 cm tall (from base to rim tip) x 6" / 15 cm wide (across body's widest point)
Unpackaged weight: c. 1.3 kg / 1,348 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.