This beautiful handblown work of art glass is by Czech glassworks Josefodol Glassworks, later restructured into Zelezny Brod glassworks. This particular design in Neodymium glass is a rare find and even rarer that it is in such superb condition.
The simple but gorgeously rounded silhouette is like that of a soap bubble, with the lightly arced leaf nestled in the gentle depression at the top. This piece not only has an excellent ability to create shimmering refractions, but it also has the ability to colour change. The colour changing ability comes from Neodymium, a chemical element that has been incorporated into the glass during the crafting process. Under daylight, the Neodymium in the glass presents itself as a pale lilac colour however, under indoor fluorescent household lighting, the element becomes a pale blue. Neodymium glass is sometimes known as Alexandrite glass.
This elegant piece would suit a room with Mid Century, Modernist or even Contemporary inspired decor.
Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs. There are minute inclusions inside the apple from the glassblowing process and very mild wear that is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the piece bears Zelezny Brod's gold foil label.
Height c. 4.5" / 11.4 cm x c. 3.3" / 8.5 cm in width (across the widest point). Base diameter: c. 1.4" / 3.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: 0.3 kg / 328 g
Glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Zelezny Brod Glassworks
Železný Brod is an old glass-producing town founded in the eleventh century. It was originally known as Brod [tr. 'ford'] or Brodek [tr. 'little ford']. Železný [tr. '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 and was an amalgamation of 9 glass factories in the town. ZBS being particularly well known for its free-form organic vases and bowls designed by Miroslav Klinger.