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Glass / Re: Mother's House Clearance
« Last post by chopin-liszt on May 17, 2019, 07:52:50 PM »
It does say Japan on the label too.  ;)
Perhaps I should have written out what it says - OTK Glass Japan.

OTK is an importer. There is some info in the thread I linked to, and another link in that thread. :)
Glass / Re: Mother's House Clearance
« Last post by Lustrousstone on May 17, 2019, 07:49:07 PM »
Looks Japanese to me
Belgium and the Netherlands Glass / Re: Val St Lambert - Just for show...
« Last post by chopin-liszt on May 17, 2019, 06:13:33 PM »
Belgium and the Netherlands Glass / Re: Val St Lambert - Just for show...
« Last post by Anne Tique on May 17, 2019, 05:58:33 PM »
Ok I'll take some proper pictures for the other thread and yes, I came across the book this morning and have ordered one  ;D
Belgium and the Netherlands Glass / Re: Val St Lambert - Just for show...
« Last post by chopin-liszt on May 17, 2019, 05:32:48 PM »
Those most definitely belong in the Studio glass thread Anne, along with your lovely letter from Sam.
Did you know there has just been a lovely book published about Sam Herman?
I did treat myself, it's a lovely book.
But now I want his paintings and his sculptures too. ::)

Glass / Unnown Irridescent Vase
« Last post by Ohio on May 17, 2019, 02:58:03 PM »
Picked this up & searching candidates has turned up nothing. 12" height, 5 1/2" diameter, ground & old polished flat base (although shows considerable wear) silver/blue coloration, 5 1/2 lbs.  To save time & trouble I will state this is not any Chinese import nor from what anyone has been able to tell a U.S. studio piece as its been examined by others & is in the earlier 20th century form of art glass however its not any of the standard Loetz, Kralik, etc. forms. Any observations & comments regarding possible candidates most appreciated.
Belgium and the Netherlands Glass / Re: Val St Lambert - Just for show...
« Last post by Anne Tique on May 17, 2019, 02:54:59 PM »
I thought maybe these two pieces are of interest here, not sure if I should add them to the Studio Glass thread but I can always do so later.

The smaller one, the first image,  i spotted in Germany and i liked it because it is, shape wise, so very different of what he has done for VSL before. The other one i got because i like its colours,  partly iridescent shine and because it is such a whopper of a vase. It measures H 33cm/13" x D 26,5 cm/10,5" and it weighs 8 kgs.

Both pieces are signed Val Saint-Lambert - Samuel Herman and dated 1979. The smaller one is nr 252 and the large one nr 125.

Sam Herman has been invited by VSL on several occasions and on one of these, in 1979 he produced 300 one-off pieces  for VSL, not for a specific series but all unique pieces. I did not know this until I came across the smaller one of the two and started looking in to it and found the info mentioned earlier. I was wondering what inspired him, how to call such a vase like the smaller one, how he coped with the weight  :D  and basically, everything that I can find out about them .so I thought, why not contact him? And so i did!  ;D

I received, very quickly I have to say even though he apologised, a very nice reply.

Dear Anne,

please excuse the delay in answering your email.

After looking at the photographs you sent me, I'm afraid that I'm unable in an exact way to determine when these pieces were made. I went to Val three of four different times. One time as you know I designed the El Dorado line. The other times I made my own individual pieces. Certainly, the smaller one you have is a very fine one. Unfortunately, I cannot say how many individual pieces I made at Val as it was a long time ago and I did not keep any records.

With regards to your questions, these pieces were made and sold before I could name them. I should state that I don't always name my pieces. The smaller piece is done with side prunts. This is achieved by dipping the body of the glass into the molten glass in the furnace. Of course adding colors and designs added at the right point of the build up of the work.

With regards to the weight of a piece and handling it, in my own studio I had the workbench very close to the furnace and made all my pieces by myself without any help. Most artists have assistance or a team to help them. In Val with big pieces I had lots of help in handling the glass.

My interest in the smaller piece that you own is that it showes that technique very clearly.

I hope that my explanation has been of some help  to you.

Thanking you again for your interest and of course collecting my work.

With many good wishes.


It is very nice, and i have to say a bit unreal, to have a chat with the artist about the piece that you have standing in your living room but it does add something special...difficult to put in words.
Glass / Re: Mother's House Clearance
« Last post by chopin-liszt on May 17, 2019, 02:43:44 PM »
Welcome! :)
I managed to read the label, did a search and came up with this thread here.,6960.10.html
Glass / Mother's House Clearance
« Last post by Shunty1 on May 17, 2019, 12:17:47 PM »
Hi All,  attached is pictures of a vase I have come across and after contacting several "Antique establishments" I have had no success in finding anything out about it and I have also googled to death but no luck.
If there is anyone out there that might be able to shed some light on any information about this vase I and my Sisters would be extremely grateful.
Glass / Re: Set of Hock Glasses - Powell/Whitefriars?
« Last post by Beege on May 17, 2019, 07:37:24 AM »
Good morning m.

No other comments from Stephan other than the sentence I copied below; so presumably (as you say) the colour is not an issue.

I'm quite surprised how difficult it is to identify such a striking design. I must assume the design was very popular and either copied by others, or copied by Theresienthal.

Thank you for the Pressglas Korrespondenz connection: I have visited their website. Being a German site and me being multi-lingually challenged, I have had to rely upon the Google translator, which sometimes make it difficult to follow the dialogue. Nonetheless, I have found contact details and will try and solicit some information. I'll let you know what happens.

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