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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I have wanted a piece by Eisch for some time and did not get it until now because they get quite pricey at auctions, fortunately for me this small piece did not get as much attention as it deserves, and I got it at very reasonable cost. Eisch is one of most collectable contemporary glass artists of Germany.

    It is 7 cm tall or a bit under 3 in, and 10 cm or 4 in in diameter, it's free hand piece, it has ring type pontil mark on bottom and signature "Eisch 79".

    Free-blown work of the 1960s and '70s[edit]
    Although many of Eisch's pieces of the 1960s and '70s was rooted in functional forms such as the vase, the bottle, the pitcher and the stein, the usefulness of these vessels was never Eisch's goal. "The purely plastic form, with glass as medium, was a means of art free of an end," he wrote.[25]
    Eisch described his own glass forms of the sixties and seventies as "poetic or pictorial realism." He made clear that such a realism did not rely on observable fact, but on his inner reality; his fantasies. As important as his reliance on fantasy was to shaping his art, his unwillingness to compromise personal vision to appeal to the marketplace was just as vital. Therefore his early pitchers, vases and teapots are so eccentrically shaped as to seem to be in the process of becoming, rather than being, commonplace objects. Unique and imperfect as Eisch's forms are, it is not much of a step for their creator to anthropomorphize them. Eisch said, "From a glowing inert mass must emerge things of beauty that are endowed with speech. A talent of innovating, creating animatedly, and the breath to blow are requisites. Without blowing nothing happens." [26]

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    1. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 7 years ago
      It's beautiful and cool!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      I'm seriously envious!
      A fantastic piece from a truly significant artist.
      Will just get harder to get his stuffso welldone!
    3. bobogal bobogal, 7 years ago
      This is amazing and stunning! Love the whirls.
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      great piece ,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    5. MacArt MacArt, 7 years ago
      Thank You friends for all the comments and loves, I'm glad You like it.
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 years ago
      I am not a big fan of glass (it breaks) but I have to love this and wonder how the hell he made it. Too many things to learn about in this world but seeing them and wondering is enjoyable. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    8. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Wowser!! Love it!!
    9. kwqd kwqd, 1 year ago
      I have been looking at some Eisch pieces and have read mixed messages about how Eisch signed his work. Some of the confusion comes from the fact that there was also a family business that acid etched or sandblasted an "EISCH" signature. That is easy to sort out, I think. The other confusion seems to be about pieces signed like this one, and suggests that, unless the piece is signed "E. Eisch" by hand, it is not by Erwin Eisch, and also suggests that signatures like this one are factory signatures. This uncertainty appears to be exacerbated by the fact that Eisch signatures seem to have changed over time, being very clear, like this one in the 1970s, to becoming a scrawl in the 1980s and later. Can anyone give an opinion on this? This uncertainty is making me hesitant to venture into collecting a piece or two of Eisch glass.

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