This elysian Art Deco stag sculpture is made of lamp worked glass and the work of master glass sculptor Istvan Komaromy (b. 1910 Dusseldorf - d. 1975 London). Described as the 'Michelangelo of glass', Komaromy numbered royal families, amongst those who collected and commissioned his work.
Komaromy produced his work by hand without the use of assistants and all of his glass pieces were made using a Bunsen burner to transform solid or tubular coloured, or opaque glass rods into the most delicate shapes. A short clip of his exceptional talent can be seen in the British Pathe archives: Istvan Komaromy - Blow Pipe Art! 1935
This incredible piece features the stag standing on a black glass ball, a characteristic common to pieces produced in the 1950s, as is the mounting of the piece to the marble plinth. The sculpture is also accompanied by an original brochure.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or scratches, please see photos as part of condition report.
c. 9.6" / 24.5 cm tall (from horns to plinth base) x c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm width (from nose to tail).
Unpackaged weight: 0.5 kg / 516 g
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Komaromy was born in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1910, but grew up in Budapest studying science at the university. He began making scientific glassware to sell to his fellow students for additional income, which led him to experiment with creating artistic Art Deco pieces.
Komaromy showed some of his glass pieces to his University professor, who was so impressed that he persuaded Istvan to give up his scientific studies and become a glass artist. He arranged sponsorship so that Komaromy could travel to major exhibitions around Europe, at which the young glass artist was successful in winning a number of gold and silver medals (the estimate is as many as 16).
In the 1930s Istvan set up a glass studio in Budapest with his sister making glass sculptures but his involvement was brief. In 1935 he visited Britain as a celebrity artist, giving demonstrations all over the country including venues specialising in high quality glassware, such as Harrods in London.
He was featured on British Pathe News that year, making a beautiful glass figurine - a 'dancer' - and also a statue of the cameraman filming him. The short film can be seen today in the Pathe News archives on their website at:
During this time he also met and married and would go on to move to London in 1937 and in 1939, he set up his glass works in Croydon.
He numbered several Royal families amongst those who collected and commissioned his work. For Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953 he made a leaping stag and two does on a wooden stand, known as 'The Leader', as a gift. It is thought that the Queen collected a number of Komaromy's pieces. Although famous for his "dancers" which were popular items and sold very well in specialist glass outlets, he also sculpted other classical figures, animals such as does, stags and horses, both singly and in pairs, candelabras, goblets and decanters, vases, abstract forms and complicated figure studies. He used over 200 kinds of glass, often manufactured by Pilkington's to his own recipes.
During his lifetime Komaromy frequently featured on television and radio and in art magazines; his work is held in the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and in the Pilkington's Museum of Glass, as well as in the Museum for Applied Arts in Budapest, Hungary.