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June 2008 preview

Image of Signed and labelled purple sommerso Lindstrand vase for Kosta
Sold for US $130
Signed and labelled purple sommerso Lindstrand vase for Kosta

This is a simple, classic Lindstrand underlay or 'sommerso' vase from the early 1960s.  The last picture shows this with three other purple Lindstrand vases which we will be listing in the future.  If you're interested in these, let us k...
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Image of Cenedese Murano signed bull figurine
Sold for US $195
Cenedese Murano signed bull figurine

This is a stylish handworked bull, made with typical Muranese flair.  It is signed on the base by Cenedese, the firm which made it, and will have been the design of Antonio da Ros, its artistic director from 1959 until the present day.  ...
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Image of 1960s Pavel Hlava signed Exbor Czechoslovakian art glass vase with cut glass windows
Sold for US $395
1960s Pavel Hlava signed Exbor Czechoslovakian art glass vase with cut glass windows

This piece really needed more than the ten photos our website allows.  It has interesting surface decoration from the application, I believe, of a metallic oxide to the hot blue-cased glass.  It also has window cuts on opposite sides of ...
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Image of 1960s Cenedese vaseline (uranium) glass bowl
US $410 + shipping
1960s Cenedese vaseline (uranium) glass bowl

Vaseline glass is glass with uranium dioxide in it that glows fluorescent green under UV black light.  There's not a lot of uranium freely available today, and most of what is available is, frankly, ugly.  Not so this modernist piece fro...

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Image of Unique 1960s Kosta paperweight by Ann and Goran Warff
Sold for US $270
Unique 1960s Kosta paperweight by Ann and Goran Warff

This one is signed 'Unik'.  $270 for a unique piece from the collaboration of two of the great 20th century glass designers; this is a bargain.  We've listed and sold a number of pieces which use, like this piece, variations of their...
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Image of Signed 1950s Stromberg sommerso ashtray with angled rim
Sold for US $95
Signed 1950s Stromberg sommerso ashtray with angled rim

BUYER COMMENT: Good day, ashtray received this morning.. nice piece! Stromberg is a nice starting point for newcomers to vintage art glass.  It's often relatively cheap.  It often has bold colours in the sommerso technique and clear, h...
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Image of Pair of mid-century vases with holes, green by Gunnar Ander for Lindshammar
Sold for US $350
Pair of mid-century vases with holes, green by Gunnar Ander for Lindshammar

Orange and green are complementary colours, and these display very well together.  The green vase is definitely the design of Swedish designer, Gunnar Ander, for Lindshammar Glasbruk.  An architect by profession, he designed at Lindshamm...
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Image of Vicke Lindstrand 1950s Kosta 'bullicante' vase
Sold for US $450
Vicke Lindstrand 1950s Kosta 'bullicante' vase

This is the sort of vase that makes people go ooh ahh.  In our experience, everyone likes (or in many cases loves) these.  Simple, striking, and beautiful.  Designed by Vicke Lindstrand in the 1950s.  Height: 19 cm (7.75 ...
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Image of Gio Ponti 'Sette colori' beaker for Venini circa 1948
Sold for US $430
Gio Ponti 'Sette colori' beaker for Venini circa 1948

This is a chance to own a special piece of glass, a 1948 design of Gio Ponti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gio_Ponti) one of the great names of  20th Century architecture and design.  Learned Italian scholars amongst our readers will kno...
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Image of 1960s Paolo Venini incalmo 'Clessidre' hourglass
Sold for US $890
1960s Paolo Venini incalmo 'Clessidre' hourglass

"Hourglass", in Italian, is "Clessidre".  This piece is shown in the 1969 Venini Catalogo Verde, in Nigel Benson's Millars Glass of the 50s and 60s, and in Leslie Pina's Circa Fifties Glass.  The simplicity of the des...
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Image of Sea Kosta 1950s signed art glass 3-piece set
US $195 + shipping
Sea Kosta 1950s signed art glass 3-piece set

This is an outstanding set at a bargain price. SEA was a Swedish firm based in the town of Kosta, often confused by Internet auction sellers with the more well-known firm of Kosta (which was later known as Kosta Boda, and ultimately took over SEA...

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Image of Stromberg cylinder shaped sommerso vase stickered
Sold for US $490
Stromberg cylinder shaped sommerso vase stickered

This is a special one from Strombergshyttan - an attractive design that we've not seen before, in a large size.  It's a bud vase or "solifleur".  Note the colours fading down from the top.  Everybody loves the clean line...
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Image of Signed 1950s FA W Johansson black smoking set with controlled bubbles
Sold for US $150
Signed 1950s FA W Johansson black smoking set with controlled bubbles

You need to enlarge the photos to see the bubbles.  These are stunningly beautiful bowls.  We've always loved the stylish 50s ashtrays of the firm of W Johansson.  The black is our absolute favourite, and this one comes with a match...
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Image of Labelled Monica Bratt 1940s/1950s facet-cut vase for Reijmyre
Sold for US $105
Labelled Monica Bratt 1940s/1950s facet-cut vase for Reijmyre

BUYER COMMENT:  "Thanks again for your role in bringing this vase and me together! I know its aesthetics will continue to give me pleasure for a long time." This bears the Reijmyre label and a knowledgeable customer tells us it's a...
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Image of Heavy, moulded Paul Kedelv, 1964 Sargasso bowl for Reijmyre
Sold for US $180
Heavy, moulded Paul Kedelv, 1964 Sargasso bowl for Reijmyre

Kedelv is one of our favourite mid-century glass designers.  Much of his work at Flygsfors between 1952 and 1956 was outstanding.  After Flygsfors, he went to Reijmyre and, among other things, designed this clever and beautiful bowl in t...
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Image of Vintage Archimede Seguso Murano 2kg gold sommerso Mexican figurine
Sold for US $200
Vintage Archimede Seguso Murano 2kg gold sommerso Mexican figurine

Since I listed this, Leslie Pina's book on Archimede Seguso has come out.  It shows a number of Mexican caricature figurines (p166-168), both in sommerso and in Seguso's distinctive alabastro glass, all with the exact same characteristic pose...
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