retroartglass originally saved 40 months ago at 07:08 PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

 

 

Description: Stunning retro orange hand-blown sommerso glass with hand-cut decor.This vase is gorgeous. Tapering 14' tower of thick quality glass. Weighs 2 lbs.  Hand-blown and cold cut. Made with luminous bright carrot orange glass blown with colorless glass (sommerso).  The glass is quality and heavy.  The exterior was hand carved in wide horizontal cuts in the Battuto or Martele fashion.  Battuto (or Battuti) means 'struck' in Italian. Martelé literally  means 'hammered' in French. The word in Italian is 'martellato'.This may be a vintage Italian object.  Italian masters like Tobia and Carlo Scarpa of Venini and pre 1960 Galliano Ferro, among others, created forms in Battuto. Scandinavian countries, like Denmark and Sweden (Orrefors) made art glass with Battuto decor in the mid 20th century also.  Incised glass in the Battuto fashion is made again today in the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A. by new era studio glass artists who study under great masters like Lino Tagliapietra and Fritz Dreisbach.  It is hard to say when, where and who made this vase. It is of exceptional quality. The bright orange color points to the 1960s - 1970s..There is one more clue on the seat of the vase.  A shadow remains of the original label.  It is impossible to read, but the shape of the label, and the square located inside the label, could lead to the maker's identity. 

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 40 months ago at 06:58 PM PST on Dec 7, 2010

 

 

Description: Set of three retro stacking art glass bowls made in Italy in the 1950s - 1960s.  Rare 'Rootbeer' colored hand-formed glass.  Very dark brown glass looks almost black.  With bright lighting, the rootbeer color shows and you can see it a bit in the images.  Beautiful and versatile. Use as ashtrays, pipe holders, candy dishes, flower bowls, catch-all, candleholders, incense burners, etc.  Hand-blown and hand-tooled.  Pulled finger ruffles and tool stamped 'wings'.  Made in Italy during the mid-20th century and imported to the U.S.  Hard to find as a set.  Hard to find with unchipped 'wings'.  All are in excellent condition.  Largest measures 5' wide and 3' tall.  Medium measures 4' wide, 2½' tall.  Smallest measures 3½' wide and 2' tall. Image 7 below is of a green set like this (available separately) with the complete original label still attached.  This rootbeer set has a remant of the label with no letters left.  Image 6 is shown to verify the Italian glass identification.

 

 

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xyzab saved 41 months ago at 08:44 PM PST on Dec 2, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 05:56 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Large Swedish blown glass fruit figurine signed and dated. This big fat berry or gourd is signed 'Kosta Boda, (unknown center scribble), G (Gunnel) Sahlin, 98911'.  It is from a limited signed edition.  Sahlin came to work with Kosta Boda, Sweden in 1986 and is still a foremost designer for the long-lived upscale Scandinavian glass house. It's in excellent condition. The pontil mark was bunched and closed into a 'nub' that looks more like the end of a berry.  The maker's signature is etched on the base of the nub.  The nub balances the figurine.  It always sits at a slant. Mottled teal green glass was blown into an optic mold (vertical optic panel decor) and hand finished with an applied yellow and orange speckled stem.  The mottling is raised a bit giving the fruit's skin a slight texture. It's Big.  The decor style (mottled bright coloring) is called  'Frutteria' (Italian for 'fruit stand').  Sahlin's fruit from this range is also referred to as simply 'Big' in reference books. The Frutteria range was produced between 1989 and 1993.  No longer in production. It measures about 5½' tall with a girth of 13½'.  Weighs just over 1 lb.  Blown hollow.

 

 

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xyzab saved 41 months ago at 08:43 PM PST on Dec 2, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:13 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Perfect pair of chestnut crackle glass blown pumpkins. Large size gourds from the 1950s - 1970s. Probably made in Italy, but could also be from an elegant maker from mid-century America like Fostoria Glass, Cambridge or Duncan. The taller gourd is in dark amber, and the squat gourd is slightly lighter.  Both have fine crackle and applied solid glass stems. Each weigh 1 lb.  The taller is 4' tall, 4.5' wide with a girth of 12'.  The shorter is 3' tall, 5.5' wide, with a total girth of  15'. The look fabulous in a sunny place, sparkle like crazy.  Also make decorative and conversation inspiring table charms.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 02:12 PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Large detailed glass art creations in iridescent blown glass. Set of four artistically beautiful, better than life-like fruit.  These beauties are irregular in shape, just like fruit.  The texture on each piece simulates the texture of the real fruit.  They are not smooth and perfecty regular like most glass fruit figurines.  And the iridescent colors, although not found in real fruit, are in vivid life-like tones.  A kind viewer suggested this fruit set might be by 'Glass Eye Studios' in the Pacific Northwest, USA.  A small orange 'ornament' (not life-size like the set offered here) by Glass Eye Studios offered by 'Artful Home' is shown below in the last image with a link to the Artful Home page.  Due to the viewers suggestion, we were able to confirm that this fabulous large fruit set is by Glass Eye Studio, made new in  2007 and no longer offered by the famed Seattle glass studio. Big life-size fruit, except for the eggplant which is the size of a baby eggplant.  Hand-made with a glass recipe that includes ash from Mount St. Helens eruption.  Blown into mold and hand-finished with applied stems.  No mold marks.  The stems cover the pontil marks.  Hollow inside, but made with heavy, thick glass walls.  Each weigh approx. 1/2 lb.  All are in excellent condition.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:09 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Big and thick hanging astrology glass ornament. Eight inch wide disc weighs 2 lbs.  Hand-made by Blenko in the 1970s-1980s.  Retains the original label. Lady Virgo looks like a classic 1970s girl.  The intaglio decor was impressed on the glass by the mold.  The lines are raised up from the surface creating texture. Looks fabulous with sun rays shining through.  Great birthday gift for your favorite Virgo.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:07 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Viking Epic Solid Glass Large Reaching Duck in Bluenique In Excellent Condition 13.5' Tall, Weighs 2 lbs This duck was made by Viking Art Glass  part no. 1317 - Rare Form, Rare Item. Viking ducks were first advertised in 'House and Garden' in May 1964. Solid glass molded form Circa 1960-1970 Image #2: Bluenique duck next to 'Blenko Blue' full-size decanter;  Image #3 Duck next to a huge Bluenique crackle ashtray.  Both added to show deep blue patented color and large size of Bluenique duck. Image #4: shown with companion items from same line - sold separately  To see companion items, search in 'Figurines' or 'Viking Art Glass'.     

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:06 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Pair of curious male figurine stemmed vessels. Made in the style of Bimini, a famous Austrian producer of lampwork art glass in the 1920s-1930s. Extremely popular at the time, the famous fragile figural work introduced by Fritz Lampl and Joseph Berger was imitated by many other great glassmakers of the past and present.  Bimini is hard to identify as it is often umarked.   The infamous Venini (Italy) produced Bimini type forms during the same period. We do not know who made these interesting vessels. Very unusual stemware.  Perhaps they were not designed as drinking vessels because the ruffles allow spilling if your lips are not placed correctly.  If you sip directly from a ruffle tip it works well, but you must remember to position your lips correctly.  lol.  They make beautiful posy vases too. Hand-made from thin torch worked glass.  The foot is folded up on the rims and applied to the 6-part man figurine, which is applied to the thin blown bowl.  The bowl decor is frosted white and stained red on the ruffle.  As with most vintage frosted and/or stained items, the vessels have a few areas of wear.  Look closely at images 2, 4 & 5.  The wear is hard to detect unless looking very closely.  All else is in fine condition. Very light and delicate.  Each stand approx. 7' tall and weigh less than 1/8 lb.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:02 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Large exquisite blown glass owl vase from the mod mid-20th century. Hand-blown amber glass with applied hand-tooled face and feet. Made by Empoli Glass, Italy, 1960s.  Click here to read more about Italian made glass. LARGE Measures 10.25' tall, 5.75' at widest and weighs 5.75 lbs. Very original, detailed design - excellent craftmanship. In excellent condition.  Glass is clean and brilliant. See Additional Images Below - Click to Enlarge - Use Back Arrow to Return to This Page            

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 05:59 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: 1960's Skrufs Glasbruk glass stylized head paperweight, signed & numbered. Signed by artist Lars Hellsten (image 8), who worked for Skrufs Glasbruk in Sweden from 1964 until the 1970s (Hellsten Skruf HKO 3-g).  He works for Orrefors now. Made in the 1960s. Solid crystal glass formed in a very detailed, deep mold. Skruf paperweights were blown in graphite molds. Flat, smooth back. Best guess of what type of face this is would be a jungle native with a coconut hat and mask, or it could be a Neanderthal skull.  Has that 'artifact' look. Big and heavy.  Weighs 3 lbs. Measures 4.75' tall, 4.5' wide and 3' deep. In excellent condition. Scarce item. Image #7 includes a 1970's signed Hellsten Fish paperweight and big foot ashtray (available separately). Click on images below to enlarge, use your back arrow to return to this page.  Image no. 9 includes a large barefoot ashtray available at www.bigashtray.com.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 05:55 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Pair of hand-made 'Bull Bowls' from the late 1950s thru mid 1960s.  Designed by Erik Hoglund for Boda Glassworks in Sweden.  See Hoglund's biography below images. This bowl design was made with many different figural impressions.  This set features the 'bull' decor.  Smaller dish has a forward looking steer head, larger has a full side-view.  The bull figurines are raised from the surface with a 3-D effect. Multi-use.  Candleholder, incense burner, caviar, sauces, catch-all, paperweight, paperclips, paraphenalia, ashtrays, etc.  Also beautiful as decor, especially when placed near light. Hard to find.  Both in excellent condition.  Hand-mixed, hand-formed glass has a few scattered air bubbles within the glass.  Both textured bases have cooling lines. The large measures 4.25' round and 1' deep, weighs 1.5 lbs.  Smaller measures 3½' round and 1' deep, weighs 1 lb.       Biography Erik Höglund (1932-1998) Born in Karlskrona Sweden. He evolved into a Sculptor, Draughtsman and Graphic Artist with glass as his favorite medium. Between 1953 through 1973 he collaborated with Boda Glasswork where he revolutionized the art of glass in Sweden. During his 50 years as an active artist he also created over 150 commissioned public works in Sweden and abroad in a variety of materials (glass, wrought iron and bronze). After a brief break from working with glass, he returned to the medium in the late 70's. A collaboration with Pukeberg Glasswork was initiated in 1979 followed by, Pilchuck Glass School (USA), Transhyttan Glasswork, Ahus and Vrigstad Glasswork. In the late '80s Eric began a very fruitful relationship with Studioglas Stromshyttan which lasted until his death in 1998. During this period he renewed himself and Swedish glass once again and now with a zest of color never seen before.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 05:28 AM PST on Nov 29, 2010

 

 

Description: Dual-size crystal candleholder for a large votive or 3 tapers. Glacier style organic form by L.E. Smith.  Circa 1950s-1970s. Reversible. One side will hold a large votive candle, the other side holds three taper candles. We've seen this form attributed to Scandinavian glass or Blenko (American) because of the organic decor and style, but  it was made by L.E. Smith, a long-lived  American glass house that competed for the glass decor market during the mid-20th century.  We know it is by L.E. Smith because one was found with the maker's label still attached (image 5 shows the original label).  The candle holder offered here does not have its original label. In excellent condition. Made with a 2-part upper and lower mold. Measures 3' tall, 4.5' wide.  Weighs 1.25 lbs.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 01:16 PM PST on Nov 25, 2010

 

 

Description: A gorgeous late 19th to early 20th century Art Nouveau hinged dresser box by Moser.  In beautiful condition with continuous fall foliage enamel and gilt decor still bright and whole after all these years. Unusual shape in a round straight-sided box with domed lid. The wrap-around hand-enameled leaf decor was done in pastels of yellow, blue, purple and orange with guilt gold vines and stems. There is no damage or wear to the enamel or the gold.  The metal hardware is gilted bronze, and it very good condition with 99% of the gilt remaining. Dark spots on the metal in the images are from the flash.  The gilted metal has no corrosion or atmosphere pitting, perfect condition.  The beautiful dark blue glass is in pristine condition.  We have discovered that this round box once had a metal stand.  This is evident in the lightly 'ground' area encircling the jar just above the bottom where a metal stand once slipped over (See image 8 near base of jar).  The metal stands on Moser caskets and jars were easily removable.  This jar's stand is missing. In 1857 Ludwig Moser & Sons was founded in Karlsbad, Austria, known today as Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic.  Ludwig Moser, the 'King of Glass', developed a lead-free yet extremely hard crystal glass using sodium-potassium.  His commissions included the Emperor of Austria, Edward VII and other monarchs, maharajahs, and popes. We found a link to the Moser family geneology and achievements with very good information.    This 'dresser box' or 'powder box' is much larger than a trinket box.  Measures 4' wide, 3.25' tall with a circumference of 12'. Weighs 1 lb.          

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 01:14 PM PST on Nov 25, 2010

 

 

Description: Rare set of Cambridge amethyst glass with Farber Brothers (est. 1915) 'clip on clip off' non-tarnishing Krome-Kraft holders. In image 6 below this set is shown in a 1930 jewelers catalog, part no. C3442.  The tumblers are Cambridge part no. 3400 / 112. The pitcher holds 3 pints (48 oz) and the tumblers hold 6 oz.  This pitcher was designated for 'claret or punch'. The tumblers shown with the claret set in the ad are said to be 'cut down' to 3½' tall.  These tumblers are not 'cut down' and are like the tumblers shown at the top of the ad page for the beer or water set.  The (4) tumblers with this set are 4½' tall and hold 8-9 ounces.  Made between in the mid 1920s to mid 1930s.  The Farberware hallmarks show the number '1924 011' underneath the patent number.  We are unable to verify if '1924' is a date. The pitcher measures 9' tall. 6' at widest and holds 48 ounces.  The (4) tumblers measure 4½' tall.  This is a full size beverage set. In near mint condition.  There is a stress crack line on the handle that has not breached the surface.  This is usually caused at the factory during the cooling process, but could have developed over the years (see image 5).  The handle is intact and strong, but due to the stress crack this pitcher should always be lifted with one hand on the handle and the other hand's palm beneath the base to prevent further stress. The chrome holder bases have scratch marks on the bottoms from surface wear over the years (not considered damage).  The visible chrome is like-new.  Black spots on chrome is from light reflections.  Stunning and very scarce.         

 

 

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xyzab saved 41 months ago at 07:17 PM PST on Nov 23, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 04:21 PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

 

 

Description: Fascinating little brown jug hand-blown a long, long, long time ago.  How old?  Guessing 1800's, perhaps earlier, could be early 19th century.  It is not a new reproduction. The earmarks of early glass are all present here.  Primitive rough open pontil mark (image 7), ring of bottom-wear on base, tilted back form (prevents dripping), applied crooked bow handle, entrapped unintentional bubbles, straw marks (from old cooling methods), hand-tooled melon ribs, organic brown color, made by hand.  The bottom-wear is a result of sliding this little beauty across the table for a hundred years of so.  It weighs only 1/4 lb - bottom-wear develops very slowy on light-weight glass. Glass is in execellent condition.  No liquid stains. A stopper once belonged to it.  You can see the stopper wear marks on the inner elongated oval neck.  The big bowed handle is applied crooked (see image 3).  Whether this was done because the blower was in a hurry or because it adds to the balance when pouring is unknown.  It certaintly adds to its allure. Probably held a dining condiment such as oil, vinegar, cream, etc.. Measures 4' at widest, 3' tall.  It's amazing how artful simple glass objects can be.  It's primitive make and functional form has an ageless beauty.           

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 04:18 PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

 

 

Description: Rare set of Cambridge amethyst glass with Farber Brothers (est. 1915) 'clip on clip off' non-tarnishing Krome-Kraft holders. In image 6 below this set is shown in a 1930 jewelers catalog, part no. C3442, Cambridge part no. 3400 / 112. The pitcher holds 3 pints (48 oz) and the tumblers hold 6 oz.  This set was called a 'claret or punch set'. The tumblers shown with the claret set in the ad are said to be 'cut down' to 3½' tall.  The tumblers with this claret pitcher are not 'cut down' and are like the tumblers shown at the top of the ad page for the beer or water set.  The (4) tumblers with this set are 4½' tall and hold 8-9 ounces. Made between in the mid 1920s to mid 1930s.  The Farberware hallmarks show the number '1924 011' underneath the patent number.  We are unable to verify if '1924' is a date. The pitcher measures 9' tall. 6' at widest.  The (4) tumblers measure 4½' tall.  This is a full size beverage set. In near mint condition.  There is a stress crack line on the handle that has not breached the surface.  This is usually caused at the factory when the handle was applied to the body, but could have developed over the years (see image 5).  The handle is intact and strong, but due to the stress crack this pitcher should always be lifted with one hand on the handle and the other hand's palm beneath the base to prevent further stress. The chrome holder bases show scratching from surface wear over the years (not considered damage).  Everything else is like-new.  Black spots on chrome is from light reflections.  Stunning and very scarce.         

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 07:49 PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

 

 

Description: Vintage art glass GIANT jug in jonquil crackle glass. In excellent condition. Circa 1960's.  Made by Bischoff Art Glass.  Measures almost 18' tall, 10' at widest, 4.5 ' wide mouth, Weighs 11 lbs Handblown, soft pontil mark, applied handle. Eye-catching floor vase.  Perfect for large bunches of dried grass or umbrellas.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 07:46 PM PST on Nov 20, 2010

 

 

Description: Perfectly preserved hand-painted enamel pansies have no wear.  They are as bright and complete as the day they were made...at least 70 years ago.  It is rare to see the enamel in such perfect condition because normal cleaning procedures and the elements work together to fade and chip away the enamel as years go by.  This dish was well-cared for. The gold paint rim shows medium wear and is about 80% present.  The gold on the finger tabs show the most wear.  The gold on the inner rim (upon which the lid sits) has rubbing wear from the lid.  The glod trim on the side of the lid and side of the container show minimal wear. The glass is in original, perfect condition.  It is Depression grade crystal, made with magnesium instead of lead.  This is the type of glass that turns 'sun purple' if left under constant exposure to UV light.  This beautiful covered dish is crystal clear with no purpling. The dish has 3 compartments inside for your favorite treats, or selection of sauces or relishes. Makes a nice treasure box too.  Stunning on the dining table, end table or vanity. Maker uncertain.  Appears to be top-shelf Fostoria or perhaps Duncan Miller.  Nice heavy, quality glass, mold lines have been polished out. May have been produced by makers within the U.S. Glass Co.  Measures 6½' round not including the ½' finger tabs.   At least 70 years old.      

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 07:48 PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

 

 

Description: Fabulous.  TALL vintage art glass lamp in beautifully preserved condition measures 43' tall. In image above, this towering lamp sits next to a full-size wine bottle. Three huge pillow optic cased glass orbs connected by brass spacers sitting on a solid white marble base.  All in perfect condition. The shade connector and bulb holder have atmosphere wear (invisible with shade attached), but the rest of the metals are like-new. Leviton hardware and wiring in working condition. Switch is made of bakelite. Very sturdy.  Made in the 1950s. It has the 'elegant Italian' look that was so popular then.  The glass was made with a layer of white under a layer of light blue blown together from an optic mold.  Beautiful glass with a decor that is not easy to accomplish.  The glass was probably made in Italy, France or the United states.  The Leviton hardware is a U.S. product. Does not include a shade. The base is raised from the surface slighty by four small ball feet. Extra tall lamp (3', 7') designed for end-tables. Base measures 7½' square.  Stands 3', 7' tall, Weighs 13½ lbs. Stunning.      

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 07:45 PM PST on Nov 19, 2010

 

 

Description: Towering Swedish Modern floor vase stands 40' tall.  Thats' THREE FEET, FOUR INCHES TALL.  It is the tallest vase of this form found.  To date, the tallest recorded in reference books (that we are aware of) was only 27'. It is authentic mid-century Swedish art glass designed by famed glass artist Arthur Percy in 1952.  Found with petrified bugs buried in years of fine dust in the inner base area.  Was extremely difficult to clean.  The bugs and and most of the dust did come out and the glass is clean, NO water deposits or staining.  'Micro' fibers from the drying cloth and a small bit of dust on the base can be seen inside the bottle if held to the light and examined closely.  Shown above with a beer bottle sitting next to it, below in image 1 with real fruit, and below in image 2 with a full-size wine bottle to help show its enormous size. Tremendous thin-blown glass bottle vase.  Although it is not heavy for it's size, weighs only 3½ lbs, it has a solid ring of bottom-wear.  Bottom-wear is caused by years of surface contact and is not damage.  A ring of bottom-wear helps verify age.   There are 2 light 'bump' scratches on the exterior bulbous side.  Condition is really good. No cracks or chips...and no calcium deposits.  It is amazing that it survived 60 years.  Percy's design was offered by a few major Scandinavian glass houses.  Orignally designed for Gullaskruf, and produced by Aseda, Lindshammar, Elme and more.  According to Scandivian Glass Fire and Sea by Leslie Pina and Lorenzo Vigier, this form was selected for the Corning Glass Museum Special Exhibition of 1959.   Magnificent.       

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:33 PM PST on Nov 8, 2010

 

 

Description: Tall Scandinavian vintage crystal beverage pitcher. Distinguished by its faceted solid glass base designed by renowned Nordic designer Bo Borgstrom for Aseda Glasbruk Sweden in the 1960s.  Bo Borgstrom was born in 1929.  Beginning in the 1950s, he created art glass for Aseda, a Swedish glass factory.  Aseda later merged with Gullaskruf, Malera, Bjorkshutl and Skruf.  The factory closed it's doors in 1977. This beautiful classy pitcher does not have its original label.  We have seen this form before with the label which read: 'Svensk Form Bo Borgstrom Aseda Sweden'.  'Svensk form' refers to Swedish style. Tall, slim and heavy.  High quality minimalist style and user friendly.  Designed well for it's job at the table or bar.  Weighted, stylized base ensures stability.  Slim upper body allows for a firm grip.  Tapered shape provides smooth pours.  Glass has great clarity and is shining clean. There are three trapped air bubbles; one very tiny on the side wall, and two in the solid glass base (trapped air bubbles are often inherent in hand-made glass items and are not considered damage). It is in excellent condition. Made from a molded base, hand-blown out for height, hand-tooled lip, and heat finished rims.  Measures 10.75' tall.  Shown in image one with giant mid-century lucite grapes. Holds 28 ounces.  Weighs just under 2½ lbs. Large and heavy.     Click on images above to enlarge, use your Back Arrow to return to this page.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:29 PM PST on Nov 8, 2010

 

 

Description: Big blown glass mid-20th century decanter in dark forest green. Stands a tad over 14' tall and weighs 3½ lbs.  Made by hand of quality vintage glass.  Pontil mark is a polished half-moon.  Has a solid ring of bottom-wear indicative of its weight and age.  Bottom wear is caused by surface rubbing over the years and is expected on older glass. Unmarked.  The shape, great quality and color point to the Scandinavian region, although most glass making regions of the mid-20th century could have produced this.  Looks and feels like Holmegaard art glass, Denmark. The decanter has no chips or cracks and retains its original stopper. Stopper and neck are ground to fit tight.  Although very hard to see, there is calcium lacing on the inside of the bottle.  This is caused by allowing liquid to sit inside and evaporate slowly.   The lacing can be seen when held to the light in the upper department of the vessel (see images 4 & 5).  When liquid is added to the decanter, the faint lacing can't be seen at all. The deep green color lightens and darkens with the thickness of the glass. It is a darker shade on the base compartment, neck and top compartment of the stopper.  Add antique stemware and a bottle of libation for an distinctive and tasteful gift. (tall stemware in image 1 is not included)

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:27 PM PST on Nov 8, 2010

 

 

Description: Set of four hand-blown steel blue crystal cocktail stems. Hand-made in three parts of thick blown crystal.  The foot is applied to the stem which is applied to the bowl. Wacky modernist design is both fascinating and useful.  The hollow 'tire' ring at the base of the bowl gives a secure, comfortable grip and provides a well for those fancy layered cocktails or shaved ice.  Fun to use... and sure to help start the conversation! Quality vintage crystal.  Maker is unknown.  Could be Scandinavian, the Nordic's love odd shapes combined with quality and utility.  Could also be an American, high end mid-century maker like Tiffin or Duncan.  Measure 4.75' tall.  All four in perfect condition.  Image 4 shows one of these cocktail glasses next to a very light blue cluck cluck decanter available separately.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 41 months ago at 06:22 PM PST on Nov 8, 2010

 

 

Description: Big beautiful centerpiece or console bowl in Blenko's golden amber 'Wheat' color. Made in the 1970s.  Blenko catalog part number: 7232. Designer John Nickerson. Stunning on the coffee table as an accessory catch, flower bowl, fruit bowl, or filled with your favorite decor.  In image 2 below, large art glass fruit figurines are shown (not included).  In image 3, three bunches of giant lucite grapes are shown (not included). This is a big 5½ lb bowl.  It measures 17' round, with a circumference of  54'.  Stands 3½' tall  Hand-blown in America by  Blenko Art Glass, 1970s.  Rim is folded down providing double thick edges.  The pontil mark is centered in the inverted base. In great condition with some minor usage scratching in the center of the bowl.  No other problems.  Glass is clean and free of chips.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:51 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Large hand blown cobalt blue glass vase made in the 1920s - 1940s.  Probably from the West Virginia glass making region of the US.  Ringed stem gives a good hand-grip.  Beautiful for a table centerpiece. Art deco ringed stem topped with a traditional urn shape.  Perfect for large sprays of flowers. In excellent condition with some expected bottom-wear. Measures  8' tall.  Shown below with a mid-century cobalt blue mouse available separately.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:51 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Italian mid-20th century hand-blown glass vase with unusual bowl.  The vertical optical panels have exterior texture, with hills and grooves.  This type of optic blown glass is usually smooth on the exterior.  Unusual and beautiful. Stands 12' tall with a 4' wide, 2.25' tall bowl.  The stem is 9.75' long on a 4' round foot.  The foot, stem and bowl were blown and tooled separately, then applied together. Made by hand in 1950s Italy.  Eye-catching vase for tall table centerpiece, or mantle vase, or corner table accent.  Beautiful glowing amber color goes well with any color scheme. Shown in image 1 with a full-size decanter and oversized cruet. Shown in image 3 with giant retro acrylic grapes in the background.  Image three details the optic mold.       

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:47 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Stunning crystal Kutrolf decanter in ghosted sapphire blue Beautiful German inspired form in high quality crystal with just a hint of sapphire blue.  The sapphire twinkles and glitters according to the thickness of the glass and the current lighting.  Rare color projects wealth and elegance. Designed by the infamous Jacob Bang for Holmegaard, Denmark in 1928.  Circa 1930s-1940s. This color, usually seen on Strombergshyttan/Orrefors (Sweden) forms, was popular during the Swedish Modern decor craze of the mid-20th Century.  The 'Kutrolf' style evolved from the 16th-17th century German design of twisted multi-tubed drinking vessels and bottles meant to 'trick' the user.  Kutrolf bottles were sometimes marked 'skill required' to use.  At the beginning of the 20th Century, the modern form became less 'tricky'.  The twists were illiminated. You do not need skill to pour from this decanter.  In fact, the tubes on today's version of the Kutrolf help ariate, give a good hand-grip, and provide a smoother flow.  The 'gurgle' sound remains and has been dubbed 'Cluck Cluck' or 'Kluk Kluk' by mid-century modern makers. This decanter has an old 'isenkraemmer imerco' sticker on the center of the base.  This is a Dansk label, a prolific distributor of Scandinavian decor since the early 20th Century. Quality crystal was hand-blown and hand-tooled to form.  Pontil mark is an acid polished half-moon.  Stopper and bottle necks are ground to fit.  Exceptionally clean.  Immaculate. No signs of use or water remnants.  Some bottom-wear on base caused by years of surface contact and is expected. Measures 10' tall to top of stopper, widest point is 4½', base circumference is 15'.  Weighs 2 lbs. Great for the bar that has everything!

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:45 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Elegant pair of blown cased glass tall stemmed vases.   Beautiful.  Great color.  Hand-made with opaque white glass on the interior and turquoise blue exterior.  The vertical 'melon-like' lines are a result of the outer and inner layer combining creating a light turquoise. Vessel, stem and foot were made separately, then applied together.  Maker unidentified.  We've seen vases with this style of decor described as 'Italian glass'.  They may indeed be mid-20th century Italian glass. But...they could be American 1920s/1930s art deco glass. Many American art glass makers incorporated this decor before the 1950s.  Circa 1920s - 1950s. Both are in excellent condition. Measure 15½' tall on a 4' wide domed foot.  Soft pontil mark.  Colorless applied stem is solid glass. One vase has a trapped air bubble in the foot.  The white rounded spots on images are from lighting. Towering statement vases perfect for the mantle, table or shelf.  Scarce and outstanding color.  Double gourd shape works well with Victorian, Art Deco or Retro home decors.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:42 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Set of six  beautiful deep honey amber tumbler set. Hand-made with a 3-part mold.  Thick walled glass with weighted bases. Each tumbler weighs 1.3 lbs.  Probably made in the 1920s -1930s by Fostoria or Cambridge. Quality glass made for everyday use.  These sturdy tumblers have ½' solid glass bases which reduce tipping over.  Beautiful pattern called Honeycomb consists of inverted tiled hexagons which look fantastic and provide for a good grip. The seat of the base has a 'polished' flat outer ring that has been hand-beveled on the edges.  Rims are heat finished.  They measure 6' tall with a 3.25' wide mouth (large ice-tea size).  There are NO chips, chiggers or cracks.  Two tumblers have very slight liquid staining on the inside.  The water stain can only be seen if you know it's there.  Under blacklight, they reflect points of purple indicating crystal. Lovely color goes well with any table setting.  Beautiful glasses made in the days when quality, even for everyday glassware, was the norm.  Great glasses for the bar too.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:40 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Set of four hand-blown steel blue crystal cocktail stems. Hand-made in three parts of thick blown crystal.  The foot is applied to the stem which is applied to the bowl. Wacky modernist design is both fascinating and useful.  The hollow 'tire' ring at the base of the bowl gives a secure, comfortable grip and provides a well for those fancy layered cocktails or shaved ice.  Fun to use... and sure to help start the conversation! Quality vintage crystal.  Maker is unknown.  Could be Scandinavian, the Nordic's love odd shapes combined with quality and utility.  Could also be an American, high end mid-century maker like Tiffin or Duncan.  Measure 4.75' tall.  All four in perfect condition.  Image 4 shows one of these cocktail glasses next to a very light blue cluck cluck decanter available separately.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:39 PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

 

 

Description: Tall Scandinavian vintage crystal beverage pitcher. Distinguished by its faceted solid glass base designed by renowned Nordic designer Bo Borgstrom for Aseda Glasbruk Sweden in the 1960s.  Bo Borgstrom was born in 1929.  Beginning in the 1950s, he created art glass for Aseda, a Swedish glass factory.  Aseda later merged with Gullaskruf, Malera, Bjorkshutl and Skruf.  The factory closed it's doors in 1977. This beautiful classy pitcher does not have its original label.  We have seen this form before with the label which read: 'Svensk Form Bo Borgstrom Aseda Sweden'.  'Svensk form' refers to Swedish style. Tall, slim and heavy.  High quality minimalist style and user friendly.  Designed well for it's job at the table or bar.  Weighted, stylized base ensures stability.  Slim upper body allows for a firm grip.  Tapered shape provides smooth pours.  Glass has great clarity and is shining clean. There are three trapped air bubbles; one very tiny on the side wall, and two in the solid glass base (trapped air bubbles are often inherent in hand-made glass items and are not considered damage). It is in excellent condition. Made from a molded base, hand-blown out for height, hand-tooled lip, and heat finished rims.  Measures 10.75' tall.  Shown in image one with giant mid-century lucite grapes. Holds 28 ounces.  Weighs just under 2½ lbs. Large and heavy.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 08:16 PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

 

 

Description: 18th century style early glass candlestick holder. Large and heavy 2 lb candlestick in antique green glass. The stem is made in two parts, each with hollow pillow knops, and applied to the foot and bowl. This is how stemmed items were made in the old days. Solid glass bowl with oversized candle insert (sized for old hand-dipped candles).  The glass was hand-formed (no seams) with a sheared and semi-polished pontil.  In excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  Heavily seeded glass (numerous tiny unintentional or intentional air bubbles trapped within the glass). Seeded glass is an indication of antique glassware. The foot is large, wider than the bowl.  Excellent for stability and for catching the wax.  The large flat foot points to 17th or 18th century glass. Solid ring of medium-weight bottom-wear. The medium weight bottom-wear ring is solid, forms a complete circle, and this is a positive indication of age.  This candlestick is probably European from the 18th or early 19th century. 

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 08:10 PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

 

 

Description: High quality smoke glass bullet vase internally decorated with stylized bubbles. Well-made vase heavy crystal vase with elliptical rim and pin-cushion bubble paperweight base. The trapped air bubbles are tight and concentric near the base, forming a half beehive. The bubbles are veiled up from the base into the body of the vase forming 3 triangle shapes in graduating sizes.  Look closely at the images to see this unusual effect. Made by a skilled artist with thick quality crystal in smoke grey with just a hint of smokey green.  Maker unknown at this time.  We suspect is was made by one of the fine Scandinavian glassmakers. Circa estimated 1950 to 1970. Hand-blown with soft pontil mark.  Elliptical rim was cut, polished and beveled. Weighted sommerso (clear and smoke colors blown together) glass. Measures 9.25' at tallest and 4' at widest.  In excellent condition. Weighs 3 lbs. Image no. 10 shows this vase with other smoke grey with a hint of green items by Holmegaard (available separately).

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 05:10 PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

 

 

Description: Tall stylized vase and/or decanter with Hellenic woman medallion. This art glass object was decorated in the Nailsea style with opaque white looping decor. Nailsea was a glassmaker in England during the mid 1800s which had to use window glass to avoid taxes. They decorated the glass with distinctive loopings, made by applying white glass to the object and then combing it into various styles of loopings. This big vase decanter features a woman portrait on the stem.  The stem disc is double sided with a deep pressed detailed image of a woman. The stem was made from a mold and then applied to the hand-blown foot and bowl.  The loop decor was added and tooled by hand while the glass was still hot. The center of the base of the domed foot has a pontil mark. The neck was cut and heat finished.  The foot has one small trapped air bubble, the stem above the medallion has 1 small trapped air bubble, and the inner neck has an elongated burst bubble that can be felt but not seen.   In excellent original condition.  Glass is free of calcium, beautiful glowing amber. Big.  Measures 17.75' tall with stopper on. Weighs 3 lbs. Possibly early American Sandwich glass, Pittsburg or S. Jersey.  Sandwich factories made many forms with this type looped decor.   Nicknamed 'Nailsea' as early American glassmakers copied the style originating from Nailsea, England.  See image #8 for an example of early American Sandwich blown glass with looped decor.  In addition, we have seen this exact form attributed to Czechoslavakia. We still lean towards American. It is at least 100 years old. Can be used as a vase or decanter.  The hollow stopper appears to be original.  The stopper is mold blown.

 

 

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MISTYLE saved 42 months ago at 09:35 AM PDT on Oct 16, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:22 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

 

 

Description: Large and impressive cased glass vase with cobalt snake and lotus blossom base. In excellent condition. Absolutely beautiful.  Stands 12.25' tall, sits on a 5.5' wide cobalt blossom base.  Weighs 3 lbs. This is Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau styling, early 1900's, with a flair for the natural/organic.  Age of the vase is unknown, but it is not new. Est. circa 1920s - 1930s. Handblown cased glass.  Interior opaque white, pulled decor encased in clear glass. The cobalt blue glass blossom base and snake are applied.  The snake has eyes (see image 4).  Base is ground and pontil mark is concave. Unmarked. Quality glass and decor made by a fine Czech / Bohemian glass artist. Click images below to enlarge, use your Back Arrow to return to this page.        

 

 

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gay00le00 saved 42 months ago at 08:02 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:17 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

 

 

Description: Elegant pair of blown cased glass tall stemmed vases.   Beautiful.  Great color.  Hand-made with opaque white glass on the interior and turquoise blue exterior.  The vertical 'melon-like' lines are a result of the outer and inner layer combining creating a light turquoise. Vessel, stem and foot were made separately, then applied together.  Maker unidentified.  We've seen vases with this style of decor described as 'Italian glass'.  They may indeed be mid-20th century Italian glass. But...they could be American 1920s/1930s art deco glass. Many American art glass makers incorporated this decor before the 1950s.  Circa 1920s - 1950s. Both are in excellent condition. Measure 15½' tall on a 4' wide domed foot.  Soft pontil mark.  Colorless applied stem is solid glass. One vase has a trapped air bubble in the foot.  Towering statement vases perfect for the mantle, table or shelf.  Scarce and outstanding color.  Double gourd shape works well with Victorian, Art Deco or Retro home decors.

 

 

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gay00le00 saved 42 months ago at 08:01 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:24 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

 

 

Description: Triple cased 1950s art glass multi-use decorative bowl. Made by Fratelli Toso in 1950s Italy.  It is unmarked (no label).  Click here to read more about Italian made glass. The butterfly form, vortex avventurine /aventurine swirls, and the triple cased glass is a classic Toso form, and was very popular in the mid 20th century. Big, beautiful and useful.  Can serve candy or fancy tidbits.  Classy with flowers, or makes a superb catch-all with four shoots slanting into the bowl to catch your stuff.  Lovely as a candle-holder (remove metal wick holders on candle base before using with old glass).  One of its original purposes was as an ashtray (smoking was terribly glamorous back then). There are 8 'rest' areas between the wings.  Can hold small smokes, cigars and incense sticks. Weighs 2.75 lbs. Measures 11.5' x 11.5' and is 2.25' tall. Top layer color is a light forest green, middle layer is milk white, third layer is colorless. Gold or copper specks. Handblown with polished flat pontil area on seat of the base.  Heavy bottom-wear on polished seat area (expected...shows age).  Swirling bits of minerals conclude in the center. There are two tiny trapped air-bubbles and some peppering in the center of the bowl, where the vortex swirl ends. No chips or cracks.  Glass is unchipped, quality made, squeeky clean. In excellent condition with age appropriate bottom-wear.   

 

 

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gay00le00 saved 42 months ago at 08:01 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010
retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:27 PM PDT on Oct 15, 2010

 

 

Description: Very big blown Italian modernist glass stemmed bowl. Eyes won't miss this stunning centerpiece vessel.  It's majestic and intense.  Imported to America from Italy by Heritage Glass, Schmid Brothers.  The original old label has worn off, but is still intact and is included.  Shown in image 2 where it was originally. Reads: Heritage Glass, Schmid (type beneath too crumpled to read), Hand Blown Glass, Made in Italy.  Circa early 1950s.  Handblown in Italy by a very good maker (unknown).  Glass like this requires a skilled artist and craftsman to accomplish.  Italian glass houses produced glass 'on the side' for the American market and the best glass makers in the world were in Italy.  Mid-century modernist Americans loved the Italian style. Completely hand-made.  Blown glass with large coin optic. The coins measure 1.1' wide, which is quite large for this type of optic.  The domed foot was blown separately and applied to the clear waisted stem, which is applied to the coin optic bowl.  The bowl rim is cut and polished.  Pontil mark on the inner top of the conical foot is round and semi-polished.  The coin optic effect was achieved by blowing the glass into an optic mold and then blowing it out by mouth.  The hand-mixed glass color is a vivid emerald green. Shown in the image above and in image 5 below with a HUGE mid-century acrylic grape log.  This stemmed centerpiece weighs 3 lbs and can hold a giant grape log.  It measures 8.25' tall, 8.5' wide, with a widest girth of 25'.  Nice and big.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:15 PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

 

 

Description: Tall, funky handblown mid-century modern canister. Imported and stocked at Gump's in San Franciso during the late 1960s to early 1970s back in the days of Peace and Love (late 1960s Haight-Ashbury) by Gumps of San Francisco. Made tall for spaghetti or layered items.  Stands 14' tall on a 4' wide base.  Lid and inner neck are ground to fit creating an airtight fit. The amberina, or 'tangerine' as it was called during the hippie era, color starts red at the top and diminishes to orange at the base.  The color was achieved by heating techniques.  It was hand-blown from a mold, no seams. Base is slightly inverted.  Very light bottom-wear.  In excellent condition. Medium weight, sturdy glass.  Weighs 1.5 lbs. This beautiful canister from our ultra-mod past would be a 'standout' in any kitchen.  The unique vintage color is perfect for the retro mod style, or any modern style.  Also makes a decorative bar area canister.  Shown in image 1 with a 6' Gumps canister full of barley to help show its 14' height. This canister does not have a Gumps label, but the black canister shown next to it (available separately) in image 1 does have the sticker.  A sample of the original sticker is in image 5.

 

 

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retroartglass originally saved 42 months ago at 04:09 PM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

 

 

Description: Large Swedish blown glass fruit figurine signed and dated.   This big fat berry or gourd is signed 'Kosta Boda, (unknown center scribble), G (Gunnel) Sahlin, 98911'.  It is from a limited signed edition.  Sahlin came to work with Kosta Boda, Sweden in 1986 and is still a foremost designer for the long-lived upscale Scandinavian glass house. It's in excellent condition. The pontil mark was bunched and closed into a 'nub' that looks more like the end of a berry.  The maker's signature is etched on the base of the nub.  The nub balances the figurine.  It always sits at a slant. Mottled teal green glass was blown into an optic mold (vertical optic panel decor) and hand finished with an applied yellow and orange speckled stem.  The mottling is raised a bit giving the fruit's skin a slight texture. It's Big.  The decor style (mottled bright coloring) is called  'Frutteria' (Italian for 'fruit stand').  Sahlin's fruit from this range is also referred to as simply 'Big' in reference books. The Frutteria range was produced between 1989 and 1993.  No longer in production. It measures about 5½' tall with a girth of 13½'.  Weighs just over 1 lb.  Blown hollow.

 

 

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