This beautiful Modernist-Bohemian sculpted work of art glass hits you from so many levels.
A gracefully fluid yet structured form bears the lilting Sommerso technique drawing together the colour elements of Cobalt blue, a rich Golden yellow that is edged in deep amber and last but not least the vibrant yet subtle Salmon red. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The colours are encapsulated in the clear glass Sommerso casing and the execution of the Sommerso technique is exceptional. There are no inclusions in the glass with but one to two minute air bubbles that need a long stare to find. The piece is finished off with the clear candle holding accent discs, mirroring the clear glass casing in the body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Then there's the form, a candle holder at first glance but the swathe of golden yellow between the red and the blue has a hollow at its centre and could easily display a few flowers or be used as a dish to hold ... trinkets, keys, sweets (candy) or whatever paraphernalia you think would be suitable for a piece like this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But perhaps the possible uses are too practical for a work of art ...? maybe just display it as the stunning art glass sculpture that it also is then.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Excellent, no signs of use, chips, scratches or cracks. Light wear (such as movement marks on the underside / the base) is commensurable with age of the piece, please see photos as part of condition report.
Height c. 7.5" / 19 cm x length of c. 8" / 20 cm in width across the widest points.
Unpackaged weight: c. 1.7 kg / 1,685 g
Glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The Mstisov glass works, 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 is a renowned term describing the technique of capturing layers of colour in glass and comes from where the technique began in Murano, Italy. The technique has been used by glass masters all over the world and so is not used to exclusively describe a technique for Murano glass. In Italian it literally means “submerged”. This technique can be used to create several layers of glass (usually with different contrasting colours) inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colours without mixing. The different layers of glass is put through heat, repeatedly immersing them in pots of molten coloured glass. This technique is easily recognisable; characterised by an outer layer of colourless glass and thick layers of coloured glass inside it. The effect is as if a big drop of colour had been captured inside the clear glass.