Posted 2 years ago
If this vase did not have a sticker on it, and if I didn't trust my seller, I would have thought it Italian, or possibly Czech.
It is made in a style made famous by Murano firms such as Mandruzzato, a style that was also made by other Euro glass companies through the 60s and 70s.
It is made from a green glass inner with blue added in the sommerso style. Sommerso, or submerged, glass is not easy to do well, and the layer of blue here is almost perfect in it's evenness. The coloured glass has been thickly cased in clear, and then ground back to give the geometric form. The resulting optics are pretty cool. It is time consuming and expensive style to make.
As is the Japanese way, it is perfectly finished and is a good lump of glass. It is heavy at 2kg, and bigger than most of this style at 25cm.
Noritake did not make their own glass, and it's probable this was made by either Sasaki or Kagami.
It is the only one of this style I have seen from Japan, so not a common piece.