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.
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.
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
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