Standing at over 9" tall and 12" wide, this majestic work of mid-century handblown Japanese art glass is attributed to the Iwatsu glassworks, Hineri range.
The core form of this piece is the typical Fazzoletto handkerchief shape that has been subtly exaggerated by extending the graceful, rippling swathes outwards to create the abstract Anemone form. The Scarlet red blends seamlessly into the Violet with the intensity of the hues matching the curves and folds. The piece is finished with an accent of a clear glass footing the base.
Amongst collectors, the skill and quality applied in creating Japanese art glass is very much known to rival its European counterparts and can often be more difficult to find as sellers will mistake the glass for European.
Stylistically timeless, the combination of the size, form and colour palette makes this piece a particularly rare find that would suit well for display as a centrepiece.
Excellent. No chips and cracks. There is negligible surface wear to the base of the that is commensurable with age. Mentioned for completeness: there are minor inclusions in the body that are from the crafting process. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base has a concave pontil that is a known finishing touch of Iwatsu and Japanese glass generally.
Height: c. 9.4" / 23.8 cm (base to rim). Width: c. 12" / 30.6 cm (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 4" / 10.2 cm (across widest point) Depth: c. 7.7" / 19.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.8 kg / 1,800 g
Centrepiece will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Hineri Iwatsu Glassworks
Unfortunately, little is known about Hineri Iwatsu despite being one of the largest glassmakers in Japan, the commonly cited and understood reason is due to language barriers. However, Iwatsu is deemed to have produced art glass under the Hineri and Art Glass labels before closing in the 1990s. Iwatsu were known to have been based in Osaka in Japan, producing colourful art glass during the 1970s. The quality and style of their work rivalled and is often mistaken for, Italian Murano glass and Czech glass from the same period.