Posted 10 months ago
I have seen a lot of pressed glass on my glass journey but this must rank as one of the best. I think the design and quality of this piece is comparable to anything I have seen, even makers like Lalique.
It was made by Iwaki Glass, a relatively unknown Japanese glass maker in the West, but a large producer for Asia.
Iwaki was the first privately owned glass factory in Japan, established in 1883. They initially focused on industrial glass such as signal lights, safety glass, and then in the 1930s began to make high quality moulded glass for home and business. In 1970 they moved into manufacturing homewares and in 1974 started large scale production of heat-resistant glass tableware. These days Iwaki are still a huge producer in Japan of pyrex and other tableware and also have a large factory based in Indonesia.
This bowl from pink glass has been moulded with a perfectly smooth top surface and a repousse base surface. The base is moulded with a design of leaves from which emerge 3 roses. The roses act as feet for the bowl and, because they are so raised, the roses viewed from above are deeply pink and have incredible depth and style.
I believe this was made in the 1950s. I have also seen this bowl in clear which is also beautiful.