Rare 1950s oversized (XXL) block vase in the style of Mandruzzato, the famed Murano, Italy glass works. This pristine example stands 12 inches high. By far the largest one we’ve ever had. The edges are crisp and the crystal is very clear.
It is made using the sommerso technique — a sky blue layer of glass encased in a pale purple layer, encased in a clear glass layer —as visibly indicated in the base. It is a four-sided shape at the mouth that expands into a multi-sided shape cut into faceted planes. This design catches the light thereby appearing differently depending on the setting.
There are two very hard to detect fleabites, one on the side edge and one on the very bottom corner. The rim has a couple of fleabites too. These little nicks were created when the art glass was hand cut. The original Murano Italy label is still affixed to the side.