Czechoslovakian Harrtil merletto art glass bowl
In 1955 the Harrachov factory in Bohemia in Czechoslovakia launched a range of art glass called Harrtil. It was developed by designer Milan Metelak and factory manager Milos Pulpitel. The fine white mesh of woven glass fibres (known as "merletto" - net - in Italian) trapped within heavy glass casing can be seen in all the pieces in the series.
Harrtil is often mistaken for the merletto pieces of Archimede Seguso, but the mesh on the Seguso works are an illusion created by joining two blown bubbles with filigree lines, thus creating a net-like effect. Harrtil, on the other hand is made with a genuine net of woven glass.
For other examples of Harrtil (all sold) see:
We have one other piece with a fishing net, an engraved Lindstrand vase, 'At the Harbour':
Condition: Excellent. A 1cm scratch underneath, three 1cm flaws from manufacture on the outside close to the base - only noticeable from a certain angle and light
Our Reference: 1932
This item has sold for US $165.00
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