This striking and vibrant work of mid-century handblown art glass is of Japanese art glass design and by the Japanese glassworks Iwatsu, who were known to have produced art glass under the labels of Hineri and Art Glass.
Exceptionally graceful and organic, the ripples are highly tactile with the rise and fall of the arcs inviting touch. Despite its freeform arrangement, there is a compositional symmetry that creates five well-balanced segments or 'lobes' to the piece. The colours of Apricot, Scarlet red and Azur blue swirl gloriously from the centre of the vase and outwards in alternating bands. The red and blue tones are translucent, creating stunning refractions when placed in the path of bright light. The work is finished with a clear glass 'Sommerso' casing at the base.
Stylistically timeless, there is an air of vivacious vitality to this work that remains a constant whatever the season.
Excellent. There are chips or cracks, there is mild wear on the surface of this piece and age related fleabites at the base and underside of the vase that is commensurable with the age of this piece. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base has a concave pontil that is a known finishing touch of Iwatsu.
Height: c. 9.3" / 23.6 cm (base to rim) Diameter: c. 5.6" / 14.3 cm (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.6" / 6.6 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.5 kg / 1,455 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Unfortunately, little is known about Iwatsu despite being one of the largest glassmakers in Japan, the commonly cited and understood reason is due to language barriers. However, Iwatsu is deemed to have produced art glass under the Hineri and Art Glass labels before closing in the 1990s. Iwatsu were known to have been based in Osaka in Japan, producing colourful art glass during the 1970s. The quality and style of their work rivalled and is often mistaken for, Italian Murano glass and Czech glass from the same period.