Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This exquisite work of Swedish art crystal, handblown in c. 2,400°F / 1,300°C was crafted using the Sfumato art glass technique by the Marcolin brothers for their art glass studio FM Konstglas (1961-1991) in Ronneby, Sweden.
This piece brings with it beauty created by the masterful execution of the Sfumato art glass technique. Sfumato in art glass is as curiously named as in the world of painting, Sfumato translates as 'soft, vague and blurred', blending the edges between colours so that there is a soft transition.
In art glass, and particularly in this piece, the edges are anything but vague. The core colour of this sculpture is a rich, deep Jet black and overlaid onto the core is a series of gradually rounding and overlapping White feathery-scales. Where each white-edged scale is teased across the black, it is semi-translucent and creates the Grey tone. Each scale ends in a White tip and trimmed in a flourishing of minute bubbles. The end result is a spectacular presentation of the Sfumato technique that is finished with a clear glass Sommerso casing and the careful shaping of the bird body.
These exceptional art crystal sculptures are timelessly Modern yet luxurious in style and brings with them an elevated yet glamorous simplicity.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. There is faint wear of movement marks on the underside of the bases that are commensurate with the age. Please refer to the photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is signed with 'FM - Ronneby, Sweden, R2'
Height: c. 3.5" / 9 cm (base to tail) x c. 5.8" / 14.8 cm length (across widest point) x depth: c. 2.8" / 7 cm. Base: c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm x c. 1.7" / 4.3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.5 kg / 620 g.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Färe-Marcolin Konstglas, Ronneby (1961-1991) Josef Marcolin (b.1933 - d. 2015) and Benito Marcolin (b.1936) learned their art glass skill and techniques in Murano, Venice before moving to Sweden in 1954 to work at the Glimma glassworks. They would move to Reijmyre glassworks in 1956 before starting their own company, FM Konstglas around 1961. Several of their designs can be seen in both Reijmyre and FM Konstglas. FM stands for Färe-Marcolin, a combination of the brothers' surname and the maiden name of Josef's wife, Inga-Lill Färe. Inga-Lill's father Bror Färe was a businessman, and it is thought that he helped to fund the company, which would explain the inclusion of his surname in the company name.
The original glassworks was based in Eneryda and hence any glass produced while at Eneryda bore labels with 'FM Konstglas, Eneryda'. The glassworks would move to Ronneby in 1961 and the labels were subsequently changed to 'FM Konstglas, Ronneby' or 'FM Konstglas, Ronneby, Sweden'. FM Konstglas / Marcolin pieces began as mainly glass figurines, with a unique blended style and techniques of Swedish and Murano art glass. They also produced other glassware such as vases, bowls, and perfume bottles, using traditional Murano techniques such as Millefiori, Sommerso, Sfumato, and Zanfirico. FM Konstglas pieces without labels are often mistaken for Murano glass.
The company changed its name to FM Marcolin Art Crystal in 1983 and changed again to Marcolin Art Crystal around 1988. The Swedish factory closed in 1991 and production was moved to Sardinia, Italy with the intention of producing the same products with Sardinia Crystal glassworks. Sadly, production didn't last long and the Marcolin brothers went their separate ways. Benito moved back to Sweden, while Josef moved to Austria and production continued under the name Marcolin Art Crystal.