One of the designs in Finnish glass from the 1940s that revolutionised glass design in the second half of the twentieth century. This vase, known as the string of pearls vase by Gunnel Nyman is the epitome of style and elegance. Its sensuous shape and controlled used of bubbles creates a fascinating interplay with light. So subtle yet at the very pinnacle of modern glass design.
The vase is in excellent used condition. A trace of the acid etched signature can be seen on the base. This is an early example as later examples had signatures etched on the base.
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Gunnel Nyman (1909-48) was one of the founders of modern glass design in Finland. She began as a furniture designer in the 1930s but quickly became facinated by glass during that decade. Internal bubbles are inherent in glass production and the blower often seeks to eliminate them. Instead, Nyman made a virtue of such bubbles and used then in a deliberate way to enhance her subtle shapes. In her short life she produced a dozen of so designs in the 1940s like this one that have gone on to become some of the greatest and most iconic pieces of Finnish glass. Her work is held in museums worldwide.
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