Vase with Applied Decoration

Object Name: 
Vase with Applied Decoration

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Object Name: 
Vase with Applied Decoration
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Overall H: 29.5 cm, W: 32.3 cm, D: 28.2 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Sculptor and painter Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908 – 1997) produced a diverse body of work in a wide array of materials, such as wood, stone, laminated plastic, Cor-Ten steel, glass, and aluminum. Although she was best known for her thicket-like sculptures of forged metal, she also created paintings, ceramics, and jewelry, and designed glass, furniture, wallpaper, fountains, and architectural elements. Two of Falkenstein’s most important commissions involved glass. In 1962, she completed a pair of bronze, steel, and glass gates that were commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her home, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, in Venice, Italy (now part of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation). Her best-known project, however, was her creation of the doors, rectory gates and grills, and the soaring, sculptural stained glass windows for St. Basil’s Church in Los Angeles, which she completed in 1969. Recognized in Venice for her work for Peggy Guggenheim, Falkenstein was invited by the Venetian glass firm Salviati & Cie. to design vases and sculpture in 1972 – 1973, and again in the early 1980s. Falkenstein’s designs for Salviati emphasize the transparency and plasticity of molten glass.
Tanenhaus, Ruth, Source
Tanenhaus, Edward, Source
11/12 / design Claire Falkenstein / 1972 / Soln'ot (?) Venice
Engraved On underside of Vase in script
Primary Description: 
Transparent opalescent and orange glass; blown, tooled, applied. Large, globular, opalescent, vase that narrows to an uneven rim with three large orange applications to body.
Venice and American Studio Glass
Stanze del Vetro 2020-03-29 through 2020-07-26
The exhibition Venice and American Studio Glass gathers together outstanding examples of contemporary art, craft, and design in glass by American artists. Organized by the Stanze del Vetro in Venice, Italy, this exhibition is the first to closely examine the impact of traditional Venetian glassworking techniques and the Venetian aesthetic on American studio glass made from the 1960s to the present. Venice and American Studio Glass explores the impact of Venetian traditions on contemporary American art in glass, the impact of American artists on Venice, and how American and Venetian artists renewed the creativity and vibrancy of a historic glass language. The exhibition is curated for the Stanze del Vetro by Tina Oldknow and William Warmus, both former curators of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue with a critical essay by William Warmus, a historical essay by Tina Oldknow, and other important perspectives by Venetian glass historian Rosa Barovier Mentasti, American glass historian Howard Lockwood, and American artist and independent curator Kim Harty. Two exhibition artists who have been highly influential in the development of American studio glass are James Carpenter, who is designing the catalogue, and Dan Dailey, who is designing the exhibition at the Stanze del Vetro in Venice.
Venice and American Studio Glass (2020) illustrated, p. 96 (fig. 12);
Recent Important Acquisitions (2008) illustrated, p. 108; BIB# AI75448
Recent Acquisitions (2008) illustrated, p. 12 (left); BIB# AI77256