This vibrant handblown work of mid-century Japanese 'Fazzoletto' art glass is by Hokuyo Glassworks. Glass collectors familiar with the Murano technique Fazzoletto (translation 'handkerchief) will know that this is the art of crafting glass to mimic the elegant flowing folds of fabric.
Elegant and graceful, the curves that shape the 6 lobed 'petals' rise and fall asymmetrically to create an organic 'unfurling'. The Hokuyo interpretation of the Fazzoletto technique, the exterior of this piece has the palette of rich Scarlet red with light swathes of Charcoal ending in a clear casing at the base. The interior is a sumptuous Milk-white strikingly offsetting the red exterior.
Amongst collectors, the skill and quality applied in creating Japanese art glass is very much known to rival its Western counterparts and can often be more difficult to find.
Excellent. There are faint movement marks that are on the underside of the base. All wear is commensurable with age. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base has a concave pontil, a known finishing touch of many Japanese glassworks.
Height: c. 8.5" / 21.5 cm (base to rim). Width: c. 7.1" / 18 cm (across widest point). Base measurement: c. 3.3" / 8.3 cm (across widest point). Unpackaged weight: c. 1.6 kg / 1,555 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Founded in 1949 in the prefecture of Aomori in Japan, Hokuyo built a reputation for producing glass floats for fishing and eventually became known as a top producer by the early 1970s. Around this time, the glassworks also became known for producing Tsugaru Bidoro (Tsugaru glass) and experimenting with vibrant art glass.
Tsugaru Bidoro is created by a 'free-blown' technique of glass-blowing originating in the 1st Century BC. Over the years, Hokuyo has continued to experiment with molding technology and coloured glass that today, emphasises the four seasons with colour as well as the 'creator's feelings and passion'.