This beautiful sculptural work of Modernist hand-blown art glass is from the Romana series by glass artist Hana Machovska for Mstisov glassworks, Czechoslovakia.
The form is gracefully undulating with soft curves, bearing a lilting Sommerso technique which draws together the different colours with the final shape being a rarer find. The colour palette is composed of a vibrant yet subtle amorphous disc of Salmon red which sits opposite the band of striking Cobalt blue, both of which is encased in a Golden amber.
This exquisite piece brings stunning elegance, a tactile form that invites touch and is also very capable of releasing dazzling refractions, as can be seen in the photos. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Superb. There are no cracks or repairs. There is light wear predominantly in the form of movement marks and one chip on the underside of the base, please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height c. 3.2" / 8.2 cm x Length: c. 11.2" / 28.5 cm (across longest point) x Width: c. 6.9" / 17.6 cm (across the widest point). Base measurements: c. 3" / 7.6 cm x c. 1.9" / 4.8 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.7 kg / 1,746 g
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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 renowned Murano technique 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 with master glass artists such as Flavio Poli being well-known for using this technique as well as being made popular by Seguso Vetri d'Arte and the Mandruzzato family in the 1950s.