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PAPAIA vase, Laura Díaz de Santillana (Arcade -Italy-, 2001)

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This is pure 21st Century art glass (which is a rarity in our collections). It was designed by Laura Díaz de Santillana for the relatively young ARCADE glassworks in Murano -from which I haven't been able to find any information except for the images in their website-.

    This vase belongs to a series of tropical fruit inspired vases with the same matte (handgraved) finishing:
    PAPAIA, made in three different shades of green and three sizes (18, 22 and 43 cm. tall). Ours is the smallest size.
    MANGO, made in dark red glass and standing 27 cm. tall.
    PASSION, made in an orange-ish red glass and standing 28 cm. tall.
    MARACUIA, made in golden yellow glass and in two sizes: 43 and 30 cm. tall
    COCCO, made in brown glass and standing 17 cm. tall.

    As you can see on pic 4, the vases were handmade in Murano by the glassblower master Simone Cenedese. They were made in a limited series of 300 vases and they are all fully signed on the base pic 3).

    Laura Díaz de Santillana (1955) is the granddaugther of the great Paolo Venini, founder of the Venini glassworks. She attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and worked as a graphic designer in the 1970s n new york and when she returned to Italy she began working with Vetreria Venini. Since then she's worked mostly with glass.

    A couple of years before she designed these fruit vases, she designed the BAMBU range for Arcade -a series of tall vases in many different colours and a simmilar matte finishing.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      beautiful and love the color and shape!!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks Sean!!!
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      Your very welcome austro!!
    4. AmberRose AmberRose, 9 years ago
      Lovely melon! Color great!
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      I beg your pardon... A melon? :)

      I also called t melon until I found out its actual papaya name :))))

      Thansk Amber and agh for your love!!!
    6. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 9 years ago
      my congrats, i like the arcade stuff...
      just had one once by ivan baj
    7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks GTMOOM!

      Ivan Baj has made some trully impressive work for them. Looking at the Arcade website one cannot but fall in love with his designs.

      By the way:
    8. antiquerose antiquerose, 9 years ago
      love it !!!!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 9 years ago
      Juicy fruit!!
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks racer, vet, antiquerose, Moonstone, GTMOOM, agh, Amber and Sean for loving it and your kind and fun comments!

      By the way, Carlos told me last night that with the vase came a paper with instructions: to give them the fruity finishing the designer wanted for these vases you must coat it with a layer of oil (I guess olive oil)... He didn't do it :)
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 years ago
      Beautiful and organic!
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      thanks for your love and comment, ELISABETHAN!!! Thanks SEAN too!
    13. surfdub66 surfdub66, 8 years ago
      Beautiful piece , love it ;-)
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      CINDB and SURFDUB for your love!!!

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