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In Focus: 10 May 2015

Whilst updating the Preview Gallery for our 10 May 2015 fair we highlighted various significant pieces of glass that were offered for sale by our exhibitors at the National Glass Fair.


In Focus: Tulip Vase: Karel Wünsch for Skrdlovice Glassworks

Tulip Vase: Karel Wünsch for Skrdlovice Glassworks
Tulip Vase: Karel Wünsch for
Skrdlovice Glassworks

Vintage glass from the Czech Republic has recently begun to emerge as 'the next big thing' in the world of glass collecting.

This 'Tulip' vase dates from the 1970s and is a good example of why this type of art glass is becoming increasingly popular with collectors.

The modern free-form shape has appeal for those interested in both contemporary studio glass and mid century modern art glass.

This vase was designed by Karel Wünsch for the Skrdlovice Glassworks. The factory was founded by Emanuel Baranek and his three brothers in 1940 and began to pioneer new art glass techniques in response to restrictions, which prohibited the company from competing with larger more commercial factories.

Visit the 19th and 20th Century Preview Gallery to view further examples of decorative glass from this period.


In Focus: Test Piece by Vic Bamforth

'Well Gone': Test piece by Vic Bamforth
'Well Gone': Test piece by Vic Bamforth

Contemporary glass artist Vic Bamforth is known for experimenting with unusual and innovative glass making techniques.

In particular Vic has pioneered a distinctive hand-painted graal technique that has come to be seen as his signature style.

Here we see Vic experimenting with a new technique. This test piece is a one-off free blown/spun plate, which is hand painted using high firing enamels & also incorporating digital ceramic transfers. The plate was then kiln fired at high temperature.

Visit the Contemporary Preview Gallery to view more work by Vic Bamforth and other contemporary glass artists.



In Focus: The Victoire Car Mascot by R. Lalique

The Victoire - The icionic "Spirit of the Wind" Car Mascot by R. Lalique
The Victoire - The icionic "Spirit of the Wind" Car Mascot by R. Lalique

The Victoire (Spirit of the Wind) is arguably one of the most iconic glass car mascots to be manufactured in the first part of the 20th century.

R. Lalique's car mascots first made waves at the 1925 Art Deco exposition in Paris. André Citroën commissioned Lalique to design a special mascot for the launch of a new version of the 5CV car. The car was also known as known as the Cinq Chevaux (five horses) and Lalique created a suitably impressive mascot consisting of five dynamic prancing steeds.

Lalique went on to produce 29 different "Bouchons de Radiateur" (mascots) that were made between 1920 and 1931. The Victoire design was created on the 18th April 1928 and was used almost exclusively for Lalique's advertisements during the 1920s and '30s - it is rightly regarded by collectors to be the most sought after mascot design produced by Lalique.

Visit the 19th & 20th century gallery to view more examples of glass by R. Lalique, as well as further items of 19th & 20th century glass that were offered for sale at our May 2015 glass fair.