Monday, June 29, 2009
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Over the years we have come across nearly 20 of these fascinating metal sculptures. These are in fact hand-lathed architectural renderings of planned German Radio Towers. Some may have been constructed (just Google Image "German Radio Tower" to find real examples) while others may have been designed but never realized. The tallest stands 16 1/4" and is made of Copper, Chrome, and Brass. The next one is 12 1/4" and is made of Stainless Steel. The smallest of them is 11" and made of Aluminium.
Posted by The End of History at 3:27 PM
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Little boxes made of pottery. Ceramic lidded keep-sake containers from Italy. For whatever stash you wish. Perhaps as a bedside jewelery-box? Or just a lovely decoration for the coffee table. The one in the center has a molten glass top that is extraordinary.
Posted by The End of History at 10:33 AM
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
At approximately 4" x 4", here is a small but perfect example of a type of Murano glass referred to as either "Latticino " or "Tessuto"-the latter literally meaning fabric in Italian. This process involves the weaving of fine glass rods to create a lace or lattice effect.
Posted by The End of History at 12:32 PM
Monday, June 15, 2009
One way to identify the work of Murano's Barovier & Toso is to spot the distinct technique employed by their glass blowers which is referred to as Cordonato d'Oro ... translated, "golden rope". No doubt, not a simple process, theses pieces tend to have a significant weight and are valued accordingly.
Posted by The End of History at 10:06 AM
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Acording to a random quote found on the internet... "Yellowish green, chartreuse, is naturally placed right in the middle of the frequencies of visible light. Human eyes have receptors for green, blue and red colors. Being placed in the middle, chartreuse actuates the most of these receptors to fire, making it distinct and easier to spot." Perhaps it's this reason these 3 pieces from Italy are so visually arresting.
Posted by The End of History at 3:37 PM
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Maurice Heaton was a American pioneer in glass design. He developed his signature process in his barn in Valley Cottage, NY. The inventive technique involved the sprinkling of enamel onto plate glass and then he would create the image by "etching" the design using the eraser end of a pencil. Notice his tiny initials (M. H.) in the top of this heart plate. We confidently place this piece from 1954 as documented on the cover Craft Horizons magazine. LOVE.
Posted by The End of History at 3:29 PM
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I often marvel at the ability of glass to capture the hand of its maker. You can see the skill and the intent the glassblower put into the creation of this heavy Murano vase. The very moment of the twisting action, frozen as the glass cooled, is captured for all time.
Posted by The End of History at 4:02 PM