This beautiful sculptural work of mid-century Modernist work of art glass is from the Romana series by glass artist Hana Machovska for Mstisov glassworks.
The form is gracefully sculpted and structured, bearing a lilting Sommerso technique drawing together the different colours. The colour palette is composed of the rich Cobalt blue, Golden yellow that is edged in deep amber, both of which is complimented by vibrant yet subtle Salmon red. The colours are encapsulated in the exceptionally well-executed clear glass Sommerso casing. The piece is finished off with the clear candle holding accent discs, mirroring the clear glass casing in the body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
At first glance, the piece appears as a candle holder. However, it becomes clear that the swathe of golden yellow between the red and the blue forms a hollow which gives additional functionality to the piece. The dual functionality and the form of this piece make it a rare find. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Excellent. No chips or cracks. There is light wear predominantly in the form of movement marks on the underside of the vase and one mild scuff on the side, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height c. 7.5" / 19 cm x length of c. 8" / 20 cm (across the widest points). Unpackaged weight: c. 1.7 kg / 1,685 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
The Mstisov glassworks, 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 (Literal translation 'submerged' in Italian) is the technique and form of Murano art glass that features two or more layers of contrasting colours before a final encasing in an often clear outer layer of glass. The layers are created by dipping coloured glass into molten glass and then blowing the combination into the desired shape. Sommerso was developed in Murano during the late 1930s and Flavio Poli was known for using this technique and it was made popular by Seguso Vetri d'Arte and the Mandruzzato family in the 1950s.