Posted 6 years ago
Much as this vase/ashtray set is not my usual style, I still really love it.
It has an exotic and rich decor that I have never seen before.
It looks like a beautifully embroidered silk that would be used by a courtier or noble.
Made by Sanyu under their Fantasy Glass label it would date to about the 1960s.
I am fascinated by how they got this look.
Black glass has been blown with what I think are large blobs of mica or aventurine. It has then been liberally "sprinkled" with the same and lastly cased in a rich golden coloured glass. The golden case has made the minerals appear a beautiful deep gold.
The vase has been finished with a worked clear glass collar.
Of course this beautiful set came in it's bespoke box and appears to have never been used.
I sourced it from Japan, and in all of my searching and investigating of Japanese glass have never seen anything remotely like it.
Love it or hate it, it is attention seeking!