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Art Glass8130 of 22539ART DECO JOBLING BEAR PAPER WEIGHT SUNDERLANDJack in the pulpit vase ? Murano
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Kamei would be one of the most recognised names in the West as makers of Japanese art glass from the 50s to the 90s. They successfully exported worldwide and although I have many Kamei works I am never overly excited by most of them. Don't know why, just aren't.

    Anyway, this piece is pretty interesting, mainly because of the colours used.
    I don't think I have ever seen slag glass the brown colour of this vase's ground. It's like a slightly off caramel.
    The vase has been spattered with some orange, red, black, green and yellow and then given streaks of blue, white and black that have been pulled. A very Japanese set of handles have been applied in that unusual brown glass.

    It's all pretty effective and so interesting!

    There is a label on the front of the vase which is mainly illegible to me but the sticker on the base is a common Kamei one.

    Whether this was made in Kamei's own workshop or by another workshop I don't know. Kamei were a wholesaler and I have many works labelled Kamei that I am sure came from other studios I can identify.
    This may have been their own make.

    Size: 24cm

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      That certainly is an interesting piece. I really love those handles!!
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      The confetti base looks very 50s to me; the first thought that came to mind is that this is novelty glass. Perhaps a piece for the true collector like yourself, Karen. :)
    3. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      An astonishing piece, Karen. From the base that looks like stoneware to the handles that are crimped in a way that is so familiar to me. I'm coming to think that glass has parallels with clothing.....styles, colours and décors/patterns go out of fashion only to reappear decades later, but interpreted so differently.
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      I didn't realize it was glass until I came to your page. I could spend a good part of the day just looking at it. Definitely a work of art.
    5. Ivonne Ivonne, 6 years ago
      Unusual indeed.I'd never think it's glass if you didn't say so.Handles are very similar to Cracow Institute of Glass pieces though.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Scott. ...always great to hear from you.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      A true collector hey? Like that!! Thanks K :)
    8. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Very true Peggy. Even reading Ivonne's comment about the handles supports that.
      That's why we love glass I guess; everyone has their own take on a style.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Bonnie. Japanese art glass often follows their pottery styles.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      See my comment to Peggy Ivonne. Styles are adopted and adapted,as you know!
      Thanks for the interest.
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 6 years ago
      Stunning!! Love it!!
    12. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Sean!
    13. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Great Vase karen. Can you post a pic of the label on the front - maybe someone will recognize it.................Maybe?

      Just a shot in the dark
    14. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Go for it!
    15. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      Another one of your superb pieces of Japanese glass Karen! I love all the flecks of color and pulled feather design, but oh those handles... they contrast the smooth lines of the vase beautifully!
    16. fleafinder fleafinder, 6 years ago
      thank you for the great wealth of knowledge and sharing dear
    17. Collectomaniac Collectomaniac, 6 years ago
      Nice vase raacer4four. I really like it's sturdy and bold look, and yes interesting handles. I thought paint and was amazed to read "Glass". So as I understand from your post that the roots of Kamei's name lies in the studio works, and then we have an export division, and as well we have possible other manufactures using their name. I just bought a small glass creamer with a Enesco Exports foil label and was led to several suggestions online of it being Kamei. I think it's safe to say it might be the other guy/export type product you talk of. Yours sure looks like studio work to me as well as awsum. It's man-cave approved imho.
    18. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Man-cave approved - what an accolade! Thanks Collectomaniac :)

      Kamei continues to bluff and flummox me, and is one brand very stubborn to research. I know the company started early 20thC and mainly in pressed glass utility ware, moved to some cut glass, and to hand worked glass with the Japanese art glass movement after the war. They bankrupted in the 1990s as a result of trying to produce Satsuma Kiriko - a very expensive, time consuming, and work intense type of cut glass.

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