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Art Glass14241 of 22436Dimpled trailed clear vase ca. 1910Riihimaki or not?
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    Posted 8 years ago

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    A vase that displays all of Narumi/Sanyu's identifiers from the 1970s.

    Limited to a simple colour palette of blue, magenta and yellow, the colours are allowed to mix to make greens, purples etc.
    Heavily cased in clear and hot worked from a moulded base.
    Good quality glass with no bubbles or inclusions and a fully polished base.
    I don't think the Europeans could do better than this!

    My job at the moment is to find out which artists were working at the major glass houses - I have managed to find a few names and all of those I have discovered are artists who later in life established individual glass artists status.
    One of the big problems has been the Japanese concept of humility and working to serve the company or leader, so records are not as available as for other worldwide glass companies about who the artists actually were.

    My journey through Japanese glass has been interesting to say the least.
    I have only recently moved to the concept of designers at the glass houses, just as we all accept that say Nanny Still designed at Riihimaki, or Lindstrand at Kosta. Why has it taken me so long to get that?
    Bit slow maybe!

    Usual Japanese large piece at 228cm (11in)

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    1. inky inky, 8 years ago
    2. inky inky, 8 years ago
      Have no idea what happened!..sorry....:-/
    3. sklo42 sklo42, 8 years ago
      Classic lines and very pretty colours too. Don't be hard on many of us wouldn't even know where to start!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the support Sklo.
      I'm even considering learning at least some Japanese to help but time is hard to find. I am sure somewhere in the world someone has already researched the history a lot, I just need to find them!
      In the meantime little steps, hypotheses, disproven hypotheses, an occasional victory. Keeping away the dementia though!
    5. Trey Trey, 8 years ago
      Beautiful colors:)
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      very very beautiful!!
    7. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thank you Trey...and yes beautiful!
      Thanks also Sean ---also beautiful!
    8. Gracay2004 Gracay2004, 8 years ago
      Hi Karen,
      Glad to see you are keeping at the Japglass although I don't know where you get the idea all other countries keep better records!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks William. Good to hear from you!
      It must be the usual then, because I know the Bohemian guys have been struggling for years, and it sounds like the French aren't doing it for you either!
    10. Flowergirl888 Flowergirl888, 8 years ago
      Brilliant colors wow
    11. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks flowergirl (cute name!).
    12. Lucyliu Lucyliu, 8 years ago
      Hi Racer4four, I have been given your name as I have a Japanese piece of glass which I would love to get more info on. Anik (Czech glass) suggested you....Would it be possible to email you with photos ? thanks Lucy
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 8 years ago
      Exquisite vase!!
    14. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks Katherine. I'm glad to show it to you.
    15. glassmadshaz glassmadshaz, 8 years ago
      gorgeous vase love the colours Sharon
    16. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks Sharon!
    17. itsnotalljunk, 8 years ago
      Hi. My first post on this forum so I hope I get it all right. You've got some great Japanese items and hope you might be able to confirm this vase I found in the UK as also being Sanyu. It measures 16 cms tall x about 12 cms in diameter across the widest part and is heavy almost 1200 gms. Brilliant cased red and the vase twists from almost the top to the bottom. There is a concave polished pontil as well. I've posted a couple of images to photobucket - here's the links
      (full item)
    18. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Your vase is definitely Japanese but in my opinion it is a Kamei vase not Sanyu.
      Kamei made a range of vases in this shape and size although yours is the first I have see in orange. Orange was a Kamei colour however.
    19. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Kamei particularly went for this orangey red. However without a sticker on one it's never s definite!
      Check this post of mine for a similar shape vase:
    20. itsnotalljunk, 8 years ago
      I've just found this with a sticker - no photo of the base unfortunately.
    21. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      There was a lot of crossover with design in Japanese hot worked glass and without stickers it can be hard to pin down the brand.
      Generally though, tightly twisted ribs like your vase say Kamei to me, and that's after looking at and handling lots of Japanese glass.
      Pontils vary from a flat ground to a flat and pistol ground (like yours) across all the brands. Generally though if you see a base that's flat and pistol ground, it's going to be Japanese!
    22. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Hi there -- That is from Wayne's (printest) site on Japanese Glass. The one there with the label - Looks like it is a match with yours. Anik would have also know about that site

      Might want be read here where Wayne has also talked about Kamei Glass on Glass Messages Board. I think the vase your refer to is also posted there:,44439.0.html

      ~ Also, *Racer4four* here (aka Karen) has been teaching us all more about Japanese Glass here on CW with her Stunning pieces. She has got an very impressive collection, and an impressive knowledge. She also is a educator/collector of Japanese Glass. She is one Super collector of Stunning Vintage Japanese Art Glass. Again THANKS KAREN for teaching us, and showing us your wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Pieces!!!!! You AMAZE ME !!!!

      We (everyone) are now learning more about VINTAGE Japanese Glass. Thanks to the people working on the subject, the internet info, and places like forum....and here on CW. Vintage Japanese Art Glass are works of art also!!!
    23. surfdub66 surfdub66, 8 years ago
      Love it CindB, ! stunning ;-)
    24. surfdub66 surfdub66, 8 years ago
      Sorry , its racer4four , love it (brain storm!!! too early in the morning for me ) Lol
    25. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks SD! Did you see the Concorde ephemera post the other day?

      Thanks Rose for the support...

      BTW Itsnotalljunk, my autocorrect (not me, really!) misspelt pistil.
      It is a PISTIL grind, not a pistol grind.
    26. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      @Karen -- You always have my Full Support !!

      My CW Friend over-the-pond !!
    27. itsnotalljunk, 8 years ago
      Really good forum and really glad I joined - Karen - agree with everyone - looking at your posts & images of glass - brilliant stuff - are you considering writing a book or have you written one? It would really help. I'm finding it very difficult to get information about Japanese Glass and there is real quality there. I did read somewhere (I think it was in a Glass Message forum) that Japan should be regarded as the 4th major powerhouse of 20th c glass along with Sweden, Czech and Murano. Sean
    28. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks Sean. I have really barely scratched the surface although I think my knowledge has come a long way.
      Not sure about a book, did consider a blog.....time is a problem!
      What we know about Japanese glass is a scratch really - they were huge, underestimated and still have a large and healthy glass industry.
    29. itsnotalljunk, 8 years ago
      Hi. This is probably a stupid question but with so little known about Japanese glass can it be dated?
    30. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Not exactly although this style was prevalent in Japan in the 60s/70s
    31. Mony_queen, 4 months ago
      In my father's basement I found many of them. I don't know how much it is, but it is really beautiful????
      Look at their pictures here????????

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