1981 Maltese Mdina Earthtones Angelfish / Fish-head Sculpted Art Glass Vase - Signed and Dated

Regular price £208.00 Save £-208.00
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated
Vintage 1981 BIG Angelfish , Fish ... head (?) Vintage Mdina Earthtones Glass Art Vase - Signed and Dated

THE ITEM
Fish head, Hammerhead, Axe head, Angelfish are all acceptable names which have been used interoperably for this beautiful piece of art glass craftsmanship. I absolutely love the way the light filters through the translucent coppery glass and how the tiny bubbles rest on the pale sandy layers. If you've not yet realised, I'm talking about the Mdina Earthtones colour design, which does indeed look like beautiful layers of strata.

As the eyes draw back, you can see the marvellous technique in which the clear glass casing was applied, enveloping the core in a 'V' at either side of the neck. There are a few smooth creases and trailing detail that amplifies the organic vibe. I could go on ... but tis best appreciated in person, in a visual and tactile manner - this beauty weighs in at over 2kg!

This piece of art glass would storm any display but I feel featuring it on its own and somewhere where it could catch the sunlight during different times of the day would do it best justice. Of course, you could also try and use it as a 'vase' but given that the rim only measures 5mm wide, it would need to be 1 flower and one with a thin stem ...

CONDITION

Excellent. Not a scratch, chip or crack to the main body of the vase. There is 1 original 'Mdina Glass' sticker to one side and a sticker mark on the other, a few movement marks on the base - commensurable with age but apart from that, there's only the etched 'Mdina' signature and '1981', the year it was made.

MEASUREMENTS
c. 10" / 25 cm tall (from the centre of the rim to base) x c 8.2" / 21 cm wide (across its widest point)

Unpackaged weight: c. 2.5 kg / 2,549 g

NOTES
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.

A BIT OF HISTORY
Mdina glassware was founded in 1968 by Michael Harris, a lecturer in industrial glass design at the Royal College of Art. Attracted by incentives offered by newly independent Malta, Eric Dobson and Michael Harris (Royal College of Art colleagues) ventured out to Mediterranean island from the UK with the aim of opening Malta's first ever glassware manufacturer, which they achieved spectacularly.