This beautifully biomorphic and handblown piece was designed Czech art glass designer Miloslav Klinger (b. 1922 - d. 1999) for Bohemian glassworks Zelezny Brod Sklo (ZBS). This particular piece is particularly rare as it combines Neodymium and Citrine glass using the Sommerso 'Submerged' technique.
This work is not only special in the abstract, organic form that creates elegant refractions - it also has the ability to colour change. The colour changing ability comes from Neodymium, an element incorporated into the glass during the crafting process. Under daylight, the Neodymium glass presents as a pale lilac colour however, under indoor fluorescent household lighting, the element becomes a pale blue. Neodymium glass is often known as Alexandrite glass.
The contemporary form of this piece is composed of a clear central chamber that is cradled as well as complemented by 3 Neodymium trails. The clear chamber is submerged into a Pale Lemon Citrine base and the work is finished with an accent of 'pulling' at the rim.
Excellent, no chips or cracks or repairs. There is very mild surface wear that is commensurate with the age of the piece and most evident in movement marks on the underside of the base. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height c. 10.6" / 26.8 cm x c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm in width (across the widest point). Rim measurements: c. 3.3" / 8.4 cm x c. 1.8" / 4.6 cm. Base measurements: c. 3.4" / 8.7 cm x c. 3.7" / 9.3 cm. Unpackaged weight: 1.3 kg / 1,280 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Miloslav Klinger (b. 1922 - d. 1999)
Miloslav Klinger was born in Hrubá Horka near Železný Brod. After a year of apprenticeship in glass chandeliers with Josef Kleinert, Klinger studied at the Glass School in Železný Brod under the guidance of prof. Jaroslav Brychta and master Jan Stuchlík. After graduating, Klinger worked in Kleiert's company as a designer for two years. After completing his studies, Klinger returns to Železný Brod as a designer, where, apart from his brief career as director of the Glass School in Železný Brod, he remained throughout his life.
Zelezny Brod Glassworks
Železný Brod is an old glass-producing town founded in the eleventh century. It was originally known as Brod ("ford") or Brodek ("little ford"). Železný ("iron") was added to its name in the fourteenth century, alluding to the town's steelworks. The town's main industry is represented by producers of blow-moulded glass, as well as that of jewellers. The Železný Brod (ZBS) glassworks was created in 1948 as a result of nationalisation, at the time, this was made up of 9 glass factories in the town. ZBS being particularly well known for its free-form organic vases and bowls designed by Miroslav Klinger.