This beautifully biomorphic and handblown work of Czech Modernist art glass was designed by Josef Cvrcek (b. 1931 - d. 2010) and Miloslav Klinger (b. 1922 - d. 1999) for Bohemian glassworks Zelezny Brod Sklo (ZBS). This piece is a rare-to-market work standing at an imposing 15" in height and crafted from Neodymium (Alexandrite) glass into the organically tactile, twin-chambered form. The rarity of this piece comes from this particular piece's form being crafted from Neodymium, the condition, and this statement size.
The contemporary form of this piece is composed of a central chamber that is echoed by a smaller, asymmetrical chamber, both of which are firmly cradled by the main body of the solid crystal glass.
This work is not only special in the abstract, organic form that creates elegant refractions but it also has the ability to colour change. The colour-changing ability comes from Neodymium, an element incorporated into the glass during the crafting process. Under daylight, the Neodymium glass presents a pale lilac colour however, under indoor and fluorescent lighting, the element becomes a pale blue.
Excellent, no chips or cracks or repairs. There is very mild surface wear that is commensurate with the age of the piece and most evident in movement marks on the underside of the base. Please refer to the photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height c. 15.3" / 38.5 cm x c. 7.9" / 20 cm in width (across the widest point). Depth (Thickest point) measurements: c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Rim measurement: c. 1.6" / 4 cm x c. 1" / 2.3 cm. Base measurements: c. 5" / 12.6 cm x c. 2.6" / 6.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: 4.5 kg / 4,470 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Josef Cvrcek (b. 1931 - d. 2010) Josef Cvrcek began his career as a glassblower in 1945. He started working at the Zelezny Brod Sklo Glassworks in 1951 and quickly gained recognition for his innovative glass designs. Cvrcek was known for his ability to manipulate glass in ways that were previously thought impossible, such as creating thin, delicate structures that appeared to defy gravity. His work often featured organic forms and abstract shapes, and he frequently incorporated color and texture into his designs. Cvrcek's work can be found in museums and private collections around the world.
Miloslav Klinger (b. 1922 - d. 1999) Miloslav Klinger was born in Hrubá Horka near Železný Brod. After a year of apprenticeship in glass chandeliers with Josef Kleinert, Klinger studied at the Glass School in Železný Brod under the guidance of prof. Jaroslav Brychta and master Jan Stuchlík. After graduating, Klinger worked in Kleiert's company as a designer for two years. After completing his studies, Klinger returns to Železný Brod as a designer, where, apart from his brief career as director of the Glass School in Železný Brod, he remained throughout his life.
Zelezny Brod Glassworks
Železný Brod is an old glass-producing town founded in the eleventh century. It was originally known as Brod ("ford") or Brodek ("little ford"). Železný ("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, this was made up of 9 glass factories in the town. ZBS being particularly well known for its free-form organic vases and bowls designed by Miroslav Klinger.