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    Posted 8 years ago

    racer4four
    (620 items)

    When I first saw the photo for this vase for sale I was intrigued but thought maybe it was a product of a Scandinavian or German glass house.

    Imagine my surprise when I recognised that little gold sticker!
    I have never seen anything even remotely like this from Iwata, and it is unusual for Japanese glass generally.

    This vase is sizeable, at 30cm (12in) and 4 kilos or so.
    Made from clear glass (duh!) and moulded from the top with a cut and polished rim.

    The front and back are identical and it is symmetric- the swirls on the right go clockwise, the swirls on the left anti-clockwise. Interestingly the side walls are smooth except for the narrowest part of the neck which has a deliberately rippled finish.

    It meant something to someone as they took a long time designing it and making the mould. I don't know if this would have been by Iwata Fujinana or Iwata Kuri; they were both working when I think this is from, 1960s.

    Pretty interesting all together this one!
    (yes I know it looks like a pig-bear or cousin to Alf the alien)

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    Comments

    1. NevadaBlades, 8 years ago
      Actually, Karen, it looks like a girlfriend of mine back in h.s.! [;>))))))
    2. NevadaBlades, 8 years ago
      I mean from her neck down!!! [;>))))))
    3. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Haha Blade - that's a much nicer image than my thoughts...I'll go with that!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Lovely to hear from the funkmaster himself - thanks Thomas!
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Gee -- That is different for them. I would have never expected that label on it. Did you find others like this? I hope the label and vase is not a marriage of sorts -- as one never knows sometimes.

      This is just really Neat and Cool ~ with FUNK !!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Rose I don't think it's a label swap piece. It came from Japan and had been in storage a long time, and I don't see Scandi glass before around 1990 available over there.
      It is very Japanese in many ways: the scale, techniques and finish.
      Interesting for sure! Thanks for the comments.....I always appreciate your take.
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Your Welcome.....It never hurts to question, as I *question myself* all the time...LOL. You know better as you have held, touched, see some much more Japanese Glass than me.

      ~ YOU TEACHER ...... Me Student !!!

      ~ It was just such a different style to me for Japanese Glass , it just made me wonder. As collectors, we should never close our eyes or our minds.....AND never stop asking questions. It is all live and learn.....

      ;-))))
    8. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      I agree totally Rose. It was a good question ...they are the ones that make us think!
    9. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      LOL....and the words here are so true too:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGblsNXkJog
    10. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      For sure!! Have a great day, or rather sleeeeeppp.
    11. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      Ummm...is it night there? Day here....LOL
    12. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 8 years ago
      Huh. Well it's certainly interesting. Japanese Scandinavian! :)
    13. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      Hey Racer i am going to a old former anzac traing camp from the fifties i just heard about the camp .The area is 75 km from here. A river and area of land are called this in honor of them. Hope i can find somthing. Only a couple fur trappers live there in the winter. We will be hunting and fishing too but i plan on finding this old camp.
    14. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Interesting Caper. I have heard of the town Anzac in BC (I think an Australian who lived there post WW1 named it) but don’t know of any training camps.
      Let us all at CW know what you find! Have fun.
    15. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      Really oh no the person that told me must of been mistaken about he camps origins. There is no community there now hmm I did Google some and not a, well hope to find the camp. There is also an Anzac in Alberta. BTW the place I work at was in the 90,s part owned by Fletcher Challenge. Are they still big there.
    16. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Fletcher Challenge are a New Zealand company - still BIG.
    17. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      Not in Australia ?
    18. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      They did have holdings here, particularly paper mills in Tasmania. Their building arm did major works here too. The company seemed to have a real diverse group of operations.
      The company Fletcher Challenge was broken up around 2000 and although what is now Fletcher Building is primarily owned by New Zealanders and Australians I think the paper mill arm is now owned by Norwegians and is part of NorskeCanada. Is that the operational area you were in?
    19. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      Not any more the Chinese bought it.
    20. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Oh...but of course...
    21. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      That industry especially the paper were hit hard nobody buys News papers any more. The town I live in started with the hydroelectric dam and man made lake 1967. The Anzac was named before this town and few here know about it and its meaning. Hope it was what I'd heard but a well that's hunting.
    22. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Let me know how it goes and any history you find! Sounds interesting.
    23. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      Will do :)
    24. westred westred, 8 years ago
      Wow, it looks just like some Scandanavian Art Glass!
    25. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Sure does, but BIG!!

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