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Re: Bimini Style Figures: ID paper label
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2008, 05:57:10 AM »
From Sklo a keramika, issue 4, volume 3, Istvan Komaromy, was a Zelezny Brod-trained glass-worker, from Hungary, who is known to have moved to the UK to work in 1935.
He may have worked for the Jaroslav Klapiste company.
The article mentions also the following UK company which made glass figures at the same time as Pirelli, Glass Developments Ltd.

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Marcus


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Re: Bimini Style Figures: ID paper label
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2008, 09:55:39 PM »
Just seen this update... the net on this style of figurine is clearly widening so and I can add Italy too, I will be adding the Italian style to the Zoo as soon as I can. The UK company is useful info I will see what I have on them asap. The number of companies known to be making lampwork in the Pirelli period is slowly growing too. A much neglected area needing research.
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2009, 04:59:26 PM »
Hello! - am new to your group as hoping to increase awareness of my fathers' work - Istvan Komaromy, who described himself as a sculptor in glass. He  is referred to in your forum as being "Zelezny Brod trained" (25.03.08).  But as far as all the family is aware, he only ever worked for himself and was totally self-trained. He started his work as a sideline to university studies as he had to make his own glass scientific instruments for his science course but became intrigued by glass' endless capabilities. Initially, he was sponsored by his professor altho he left his academic studies unfinished. Before the war, he set up a glass unit in Budapest with his sister (still operating today and managed by my cousin with about 25 employees - artisans' craft work rather than of artistic merit). However, he never got involved with it as he was travelling widely showing his work, winning six gold and several silver medals in France, Spain, Italy and Hungary prior to marrying my mother and settling in UK.  Although famous for his "dancers" (nude figurines) he also scuplted other classical figures, animals, candleabras, glasses, vases, abstract forms and complicated figure studies. He used over 200 kinds of glass (often manufactured by Pilkington's to his own recipes) and is represented (badly!) at the V& A (a male figure and Hungarian peasants sowing seeds in a field) and also the Museum for Applied Arts in Budapest. 
The Telegraph & Times both carried obituaries following his death in 1975 and there was an article in 'Glass Age' August 1975 entitled: Istvan Komaromy, Pioneer of Glass Sculpture". He appeared in 2 BBC programmes and as a member here has indicated, he and his work can still be seen at:
http://www.britishpathe.com/product_display.php?Search.x=0&Search.y=0&searchword=Blow+Pipe+Art.

My intent is to have a retrospective exhibition of his work at some point so he is more widely understood and acknowledged.  The family get abit upset that so very often he is confused with Bimini (for female figurines) although the differences seem quite fundamental to us! However, we were also delighted that his work was correctly identified on last years ANtiques Road Show!  Best wishes, Chris Burley


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Re: Bimini Style Figures: ID paper label
« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2009, 06:52:15 PM »
Hello Chris and welcome to the board. Thank you for telling us about your father, we've long wanted to know more about his work. The piece which triggered this topic was such a beautifully graceful female figurine,  I'd love to see more pieces of your father's work if that's possible?


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« Reply #24 on: January 05, 2009, 07:57:02 PM »
Hi Chris, very pleased to hear from you.
I was merely reporting what I have turned up in my research in Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic.
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« Reply #25 on: April 07, 2009, 06:24:29 PM »
Dear Chris,
I thought I would drop you a line as I knew your father, Istvan Komaromy, and loved his glass sculpture.  He gave me a beautiful piece of a girl with her arms raised holding a red and white scarf.  I would love to be in touch with you and hear more about him as it was a very long time ago that we met in Cornwall. Later I went to his house somewhere in south London, but can't remember exactly where it was and we lost touch..  I think an exhibition of his work would be wonderful.   I have a lovely photograph of him that you might like to see, taken in Cornwall..
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Re: Istvan Komaromy Was: Bimini Style Figures: ID paper label
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2009, 03:39:47 AM »
Hi Chris and others,
I am so pleased that we have identified your father as the maker of these lovely pieces. It would be wonderful to see an exhibition of his work. In the meantime, would you be interested in working with me on an article about his work for the Glass Museum? http://www.theglassmuseum.com
I try to include in depth articles about glass topics that have not been given adequate cover elsewhere. I'd love to work with you on this, and maybe other collectors have photographs that we could use.
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« Reply #27 on: June 13, 2009, 01:53:50 PM »
Just following up on this discussion. Chris ( his daughter) and I are now working on an article about Istvan Komaromy which will be followed by a section in my book on London Lampworkers. So if anybody has any further information that we might not have, or pictures of items with his signature, please let us know.
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Re: Istvan Komaromy Was: Bimini Style Figures: ID paper label
« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2009, 10:54:21 AM »
Message for Ivo
DId you by any chance keep the picture of the glass that went with the Komaromy label? I'd be very interested to see it.
And there is now a short article about Istvan Komaromy on the Glass Encyclopedia at http://www.glassencyclopedia.com/Komaromyglass.html
Many thanks to his daughter, Chris, for all her help with this. She and I are working on a longer text about his work.
Pictures and information about his work will be very much appreciated.
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« Reply #29 on: August 09, 2009, 12:08:48 PM »
Hi Ang I'd love to help out out but it wasn't mine. 
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