Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This striking and romantically joyful work of Japanese mid-century art glass design is by the Japanese glassworks Iwatsu, who was known to have produced art glass under the labels of Hineri Art Glass.
Elegant and graceful, the curves that shape the 5 lobed 'petals' create an organic 'unfurling' from the centre. The inside is layered with a Snow white, creating a lightbox backdrop for the sweet Cherry Blossom pink that forms the main featured colour of the piece. The pink varies in intensity as it traces every fold and curve of the main body and finishes with an accent of clear glass at the base.
This excellent piece is stylistically timeless making it suitable for standalone display as a centrepiece or functional use.
Very Good. There is a single flake on the edge of the base that measures c. 4mm x 3mm and beyond this, there are very mild surface scratches that are commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height: c. 6.8" / 17.2 cm (base to rim) Width: c. 7.1" / 18 cm (across widest point). Base diameter: c. 2" / 5.1 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.5 kg / 1,505 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Unfortunately, little is known about 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.