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.
Chribska by Josef Hospodka, Bohemian Modernist Art Glass Vase | Czech, 1950s - 60s, Rare Palette
THE ITEM This stunning work of mid-century handblown art glass was designed by Josef Hospodka during his time at Chribska glassworks.
This sculpted piece is very well balanced with its 4 lobes elegantly drawn upwards, creating the gently curved wakes along the four sides of the glass. The colour palette of this piece makes it a rare find, as encased within the glass is a striking Cranberry red which brilliantly contrasts the icy Periwinkle blue. These captivating and captivated colours are encased in clear glass with the whole piece being finished with the classic Hospodka accent of opaque white glass along the rim.
This piece would be well suited to a room with Modernist, Contemporary or even Industrialist theme inspired decor.
CONDITION Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs. There are few movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with age - please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 9.4" / 24 cm from its tallest point x c. 5.9" / 15 cm wide (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.9" / 7.3cm. Weight: c. 1.3 kg / 1,285 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
A BIT OF HISTORY The founding of Chřibská glassworks dates back to 1414 and is considered to be one of the oldest glassworks in the world. Chřibská operated without interruption for almost six centuries, the glassworks full name Sklarna Chribska was based in the Czech Republic and was well-known for their sculptural art glass vases and bowls. Chribska remained in production until very recently and eventually became part of the Borske Sklo National Corporation during the 1950s.
Josef Hospodka (b. 1923 - d. 1989) studied at the State School for Graphic Arts in Prague from 1938-40, followed by the School for Decorative Arts in Prague from 1940-45 under Professor Holecek. He was the head of the glass cutting department at the Specialised School for Glassmaking at Novy Bor from 1945-51, headmaster at the Chribskà glassworks training school from 1951-58, and head designer at the Borské Sklo glassworks from 1858-60, and from 1964-70. He is best known for his many highly successful and prolifically produced colourful and curving hot-worked designs produced for Chribskà, of which he was a director from 1960-64.
"Hospodka is best known at Chribská for his brightly coloured organic forms designed from the mid-1950s-60s and inspired by glass produced on Murano. However, he was considerably more inventive, and utilised fully the hot-working talents of the glassmakers at Chribská."
- Source: Mark Hill
Zelezny Brod Sklo (ZBS) Neodymium Colour-Changing Handblown Art Glass Apple | 1950s, Rare
THE ITEM This beautiful handblown work of art glass is by Czech glassworks Josefodol Glassworks, later restructured into Zelezny Brod glassworks. This particular design in Neodymium glass is a rare find and even rarer that it is in such superb condition.
The simple but gorgeously rounded silhouette is like that of a soap bubble, with the lightly arced leaf nestled in the gentle depression at the top. This piece not only has an excellent ability to create shimmering refractions, but it also has the ability to colour change. The colour changing ability comes from Neodymium, a chemical element that has been incorporated into the glass during the crafting process. Under daylight, the Neodymium in the glass presents itself as a pale lilac colour however, under indoor fluorescent household lighting, the element becomes a pale blue. Neodymium glass is sometimes known as Alexandrite glass.
This elegant piece would suit a room with Mid Century, Modernist or even Contemporary inspired decor.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs. There are minute inclusions inside the apple from the glassblowing process and very mild wear that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the piece bears Zelezny Brod's gold foil label.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 4.5" / 11.4 cm x c. 3.3" / 8.5 cm in width (across the widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.4" / 3.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: 0.3 kg / 328 g
NOTES Glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Zelezny Brod Glassworks Železný Brod is an old glass-producing town founded in the eleventh century. It was originally known as Brod [tr. 'ford'] or Brodek [tr. 'little ford']. Železný [tr. 'iron'] was added to its name in the fourteenth century, alluding to the town's steelworks. The town's main industry is represented by producers of blow-moulded glass, as well as that of jewellers. The Železný Brod (ZBS) glassworks was created in 1948 as a result of nationalisation at the time and was an amalgamation of 9 glass factories in the town. ZBS being particularly well known for its free-form organic vases and bowls designed by Miroslav Klinger.
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.
Mstisov by Hana Machovska, Romana Series Modernist Art Glass Teardrop Dish | 1960s, Czech, Rare
THE ITEM This beautiful sculptural work of Modernist hand-blown art glass is from the Romana series by glass artist Hana Machovska for Mstisov glassworks, Czechoslovakia.
The form is gracefully undulating with soft curves, bearing a lilting Sommerso technique which draws together the different colours with the final shape being a rarer find. The colour palette is composed of a vibrant yet subtle amorphous disc of Salmon red which sits opposite the band of striking Cobalt blue, both of which is encased in a Golden amber.
This exquisite piece brings stunning elegance, a tactile form that invites touch and is also very capable of releasing dazzling refractions, as can be seen in the photos. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ CONDITION Superb. There are no cracks or repairs. There is light wear predominantly in the form of movement marks and one chip on the underside of the base, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 3.2" / 8.2 cm x Length: c. 11.2" / 28.5 cm (across longest point) x Width: c. 6.9" / 17.6 cm (across the widest point). Base measurements: c. 3" / 7.6 cm x c. 1.9" / 4.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.7 kg / 1,746 g
NOTES Dish will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY The Mstisov glassworks, originally named Eintrachthutte, was founded in 1868 by F. Fischmann & Sons. At first they made glass rods for the jewellery industry, and later expanded into tableware. Frantisek Zemek became chief designer in the 1950's, and was probably best known for his 'Rhapsody' series. The 'Romana' series also became an iconic series of glassware for Mstisov, designed by Modernist glass artist Hana Machovska. Mstisov would go on to become part of the Borske Sklo National Corporation in 1958.
Sommerso (Literal translation 'submerged' in Italian) is the renowned Murano technique that features two or more layers of contrasting colours before a final encasing in an often clear outer layer of glass. The layers are created by dipping coloured glass into molten glass and then blowing the combination into the desired shape. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late 1930s with master glass artists such as Flavio Poli being well-known for using this technique as well as being made popular by Seguso Vetri d'Arte and the Mandruzzato family in the 1950s.
Mid Century Steel Blue Lucite with Swirl Band Decor Footed Bowl Vase | 1950s – 60s, German
THE ITEM This charming mid-century piece with its romantically moody Steel blue is crafted from Lucite (also known as Plexiglas). Lucite became widely available in the late 1930s as a lightweight alternative to glass and this particular piece is cool to touch as glass is as well as ringing with glass-like tones when gently tapped.
The footed form of this piece is well-balanced and functionally versatile, and also lends itself to excellent refractions. Crafted in a cool-toned Steel blue, it is further decorated with an overlay of handpainted sweeping and swirling bands in Lemon yellow and Tangerine Orange.
This retro Modernist piece will make an excellent accent piece to a room with similarly themed Mid Century, Modernist or Retro decor.
CONDITION Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs. There is mild wear that is predominantly in the form of wear to the underside of the vase and negligible wear to the exterior body. There are a few minor inclusions from the production process and have been mentioned for completeness, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS Height c. 4.3" / 11 cm x width: c. 4.7" / 12 cm (across the widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.2" / 5.6 cm. Rim (opening) diameter: c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight: 0.1 kg / 126 g
NOTES Bowl vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.