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    Posted 8 years ago

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    From research this vase appears to have been an Iwata make from the 1940s, early 1950s at latest.
    Made by Toshichi Iwata, often called Iwata Fujinana, meaning great scholar or learned one.

    Working from Tokyo, Iwata was able to continue making glass throughout WWII although materials were hard to come by. Unlike many of Japan's other glassmakers his studio was not damaged and once materials were available again and not held back for war and general production, he was able to swing into full art glass production quite quickly.

    This is a typical offering from him for this period: lots of pulegoso (bubbly) glass, a technique he learnt in Venice prior to WWII.
    The inner white layer is bubbled as is the next ribbed blue layer.
    It is cased in clear externally. Nice depth changes I think.

    Height 18cm width 15cm (quite small really!)

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Mmmmmmm....looks like a watermelon...I love :)
    2. Alan2310 Alan2310, 8 years ago
      Mike, got good comment here, love it to, so much.
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 8 years ago
      So so pretty, I can just imagine it filled with pink flowers. :)
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
    5. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thank you
      Katherine and
    6. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 8 years ago
      Hi Karen. Lovely vase, an unusual 'textured' look. and a great read! Thank you :)
    7. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      Lovely Pelegoso vase Karen! This has always been one of my favorite Murano techniques. The contrast of the shaded ribs against the lighter blue (?) makes the piece a standout!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Thanks Fran - appreciate your comment as always.

      Toshi Iwata loved pulegoso......did lots of it in his earlier work.
      The colour change is just due to the thickness of the ribs. Interestingly (for me at least as it is not the usual Japanese technique) the ribs were made in the blue before it was cased.
      Thanks Rick..always have an interesting comment for me!
    9. artfoot artfoot, 5 years ago
      Thanks Karen - I had been wondering who Fujinana was.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Took me a while to sort that out. Hisatoshi Iwata is often called Iwata Kuri, which means chestnut, or precious one.
    11. hapoli, 5 years ago
      Aloha Racer, While searching Narumi glass I saw a posting of yours. I have a heavy, lumpy orange vase heavily bubbled like this one of yours. Other discussion groups have suggested "Murano". Id enjoy your feed back.

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