This beautiful work of Modernist art glass was designed by Czech art glass designer Vaclav Horacek in 1957 for Josefodol Glassworks, later restructured into Zelezny Brod glassworks. This particular design by Horacek in Neodymium glass is a rare find and even rarer that it is in such superb condition.
The simple tapered silhouette comes from the glass being blown into a mould, while the frosted surface decor comes from a hand-applied Battuto-like technique. The stylised frosted surface depressions are superbly tactile and reminiscent to that of stone age flint sculptures.
This piece is not only special in form, which gives it an excellent ability to refract light, it also has the ability to colour change. The colour changing ability comes from Neodymium, a chemical element which is incorporated into the glass during the crafting process. Under daylight, the Neodymium in the glass presents itself as a pale lilac colour however, under indoor fluorescent household lighting, the element becomes a pale blue. Neodymium glass is sometimes known as Alexandrite glass.
This elegant piece would suit a room with Mid Century, Modernist or even Contemporary inspired decor.
Excellent. No chips or cracks or repairs. There is mild wear that is most evident in movement marks on the underside of the base and is commensurate with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height c. 7.9" / 20 cm x c. 2.4" / 6 cm in width (across the widest point). Base diameter: c. 2" / 5 cm x c. 1.6" / 4 cm. Rim diameter: c. 1.5" / 3.8 cm x c. 1.2" / 3 cm. Unpackaged weight: 0.6 kg / 612 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Zelezny Brod Glassworks
Železný Brod is an old glass-producing town founded in the eleventh century. It was originally known as Brod [tr. 'ford'] or Brodek [tr. 'little ford']. Železný [tr. '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 and was an amalgamation of 9 glass factories in the town. ZBS being particularly well known for its free-form organic vases and bowls designed by Miroslav Klinger.