Posted 2 years ago
Check one off the bucket list - the Haida obsession continues -
Hantich and Co., Haida
Shape and decoration: 1931
Signed "Johnolyth", green in the glass interlayer on the base
H. 7.5 inches
Colorless glass decorated with painting. Crystal flashed.
Introduced as a novelty by Hantich and Co. in Haida in 1931. These pieces get their name from a glass technologist employed by the firm with the name "John", who invented the process. In the process, heavy lead crystal glass is painted, then flashed with another crystal layer, sandwiching the decoration (including the base signature) between the layers. Its appeal is in the vivid use of color and motif. The vase here has a trio of creatures encircling the vessel - a dragonfly, a pennant coralfish, and a flying fish. These are surrounded by seaweed/leaves against a mottled orange background which is reminiscent of WMF's "Ikora" glass as well as the Schaumglas pieces produced by Loetz. There is also a deep blue color spreading to clear, which sets off the decoration very nicely.
For further reading and other examples, see Das Böhmisches Glas, Band VI and also Das Glas im Raum Haida und Steinschönau