Mystery Vase w/ Bubbly Purple Half-Post Casing

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Mystery Vase w/ Bubbly Purple Half-Post Casing

Post by Nic on August 25th 2014, 12:05 pm

Bought this yesterday, and it's evading easy identification...

28cm tall, rather weighty, thick-walled clear glass body with a German half-post casing (where the initial gather of glass is only partially covered by subsequent layers) of a very seedy/bubbly layer of vibrant purple, and finished with a thick layer of clear again. Polished pontil mark to the base.



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Post by RVsaid on August 26th 2014, 11:55 am

I don't like to say this but I saw a taller straighter version of this last week with an Ikea label on the bottom
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Post by dantheman on August 26th 2014, 1:01 pm

I almost said that yesterday!

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Post by Nic on August 26th 2014, 1:22 pm

I'd be extremely surprised, to be honest.

It's heavy, well made, and well finished. None of which, together, really stacks up against the average piece of Ikea glass from Poland/China.

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Post by Nic on August 26th 2014, 1:52 pm

Might it have been either of these vases you saw? They're the only visually similar pieces I can find from Ikea for the last 10-15 years.

http://livethemma.ikea.se/designerportratt-gunnel-sahlin/

(they're actually pretty nice, those - and they got a decent glass designer on-board for them)
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Post by dantheman on August 26th 2014, 1:58 pm

yes they could tempt just about anyone..

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Post by Nic on August 26th 2014, 2:20 pm

Ikea are an odd bunch - they will, sometimes, go the extra mile and get a well-known designer to come up with a few pieces for them (Gunnel Sahlin works primarily at Kosta Boda, and even Verner Panton did a particularly ugly chair for them in the 1990s, iirc)... but they'll tend to favour cheapness over quality, so the end result almost always feels a little compromised.
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