This outstanding work of mid-century handblown art glass is by Japanese art glass studio Kamei glassworks.
There is an air of graceful elegance in its form, particularly with the hot-worked unfurling and subtly curled handle that is seminal to Kamei's glass art expertise. The form of the main body proudly displays the evenly curved segments constructed from spirals of Kamei's iconic red and white spiral bands. The piece is finished with a casing of clear glass.
The refined form and colour palette make this a striking piece and its condition as well as the jug form makes it a rare find.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Fun fact: the literal translation of the word 'Kamei' is 'Turtle well' and is, in fact, a Japanese surname. The Kamei glassworks was founded in Osaka, Japan in the 1910s.
Sadly, little is known about the glass artists resident at the glassworks. Perhaps it is due to the language barrier but it is well known amongst the avid glass collectors community that there are many Chinese and Japanese glassmakers whose skill and techniques rival the famous Murano, Czech and Scandinavian makers of the Western world. The styles in which the glass was produced were similar to that of their Western counterparts but like all things, they had subtle differences, such as the finishing technique and colour palettes (a tendency for more vivid colours).
Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs, with few and mild movement marks on the underside of the vase base that is commensurable with age. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height: c. 7.4" / 18.8 cm (base to rim) Rim measurements: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm x c. 1" / 2.5 cm (across widest point). Diameter: 3.1" / 8 cm. (widest). Base diameter: c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm.
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.