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    Posted 5 years ago

    racer4four
    (621 items)

    This vase is interesting in a number of ways, despite looking similar to others I own.
    The first thing that struck me was the colour of the glass ground, a beautiful, soft lilac, unlike any glass I have seen before. The large white glass spatters seem to float over the lilac, and by the shadows created I think the spatters are on a separate layer of clear glass. The gold foil on one side seems unnecessary to me, but the artist was not wrong to include it.
    The white foot grounds the vase, the white lip completes the neck, and the handles are the perfect size and shape for the whole.

    The most interesting thing however is that the vase has a large number of unintentional bubbles in the glass; they are random in size and placement and only appear in the clear and lilac sections. As a whole, the work shows a lot of glass blowing skill and technique, but the bubbles are a major flaw. I have never, I mean NEVER, seen so many bubbles in a glass piece from Japan before. I can't see that they were ever a deliberate act.

    I'm not moaning here, just interested. When I unboxed this vase everyone in my house commented on it's beauty. It is calmly and gorgeously sitting here with me now.

    I have no idea who made this. The style is very much in the realm of Hisatoshi Iwata; the work is not his.

    Height: 19cm

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    1. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 5 years ago
      Love it!
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Well it's beautiful, flaws and all, if that's what they are. I was struck by the lilac color, it's ethereal combined with the white "spatter" in the shadows there is an atmospheric quality, almost vanishing, to the work. All elements combined well, form, handles, gold flakes, white foot and rim. It's a beauty for sure. :)
    3. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 5 years ago
      It's such a beautiful vase. Interesting about the bubbles indeed. It's very poetic, in a way, because you will never know. All the more special!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Vintage Lamp. Happy you do.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      You reveal the beauty in a poetic way Katherine, thank you. I appreciate your sensibility.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Bijou you have raised such a good point and one I couldn't state so well.
      Beauty made special by the unknowing.....
    7. MALKEY MALKEY, 5 years ago
      a lovely piece in a beautiful Roman urn shape and the ever so delicate lilac its a corker Karen
    8. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      A lovely piece of glass in its entirety.....and once again like nothing from Europe or North America. And you're totally right about the clear glass layer under the spatter ......that is familiar.
    9. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      And a handsome vase it is Karen! I love how the spatter seems to float like so many clouds in the sky... I'm not too sure about the gold foil, but it definitely doesn't detract from the overall beauty of the piece.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Thanks Malkey for your appreciation. The lilac is pretty nice :)
    11. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      So right Peggy, this could only be Japanese. Thanks for the confirmation about the clear layer too!
    12. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Many thanks Rick for your observations. As you have seen with many of my other pieces from Japan, they love them some gold (or silver) foil. I think it affects the purity of the work a bit here, but easily fixed by turning it around lol.
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Oh no I like the gold fleck diamond, it's the perfect finishing. If you think of this vase as a lake in the evening when waters are often cast lavender, then the gold is the flecking of the sun on the surface. Perfect to the appreciative eye as yours always is, Karen. :)
    14. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Poetic description, as is your skill, there Katherine.
      I love your comments because of that, and of course happy to hear from you.
    15. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      If I have any appreciation at all for Japanese glass, it is all due to you, Karen, and for that I am so grateful. You opened my eyes! :)
    16. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      That is different one Karen!! As katherine said above too -- I am Glad I was able to be....." A Part of you coming out of your Japanese Art Glass Shell " --- LOL

      I said it before, and I will say it again. YOU TEACHER - ME GRASSHOPPER !!

      lol
    17. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
      Another beauty. Love how the lilac interior catches the light.
    18. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Sorry Rose, missed this comment. Thanks, as usual :)
    19. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Isn't the lilac lovely Fran! Thanks for the love and comment.

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