Bottle-Shaped Vase with Abstract Decoration

Object Name: 
Bottle-Shaped Vase with Abstract Decoration

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Object Name: 
Bottle-Shaped Vase with Abstract Decoration
Accession Number: 
2006.3.35
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 38.5 cm, Diam (max): 14.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1963
Credit Line: 
Gift of The Steinberg Foundation
Web Description: 
This bottle-shaped, enameled vase by Bohumil Eliáš (1937–2005), dated 1963 is a significant example of Czech abstract painting in glass. Eliáš was part of the innovative, postwar generation of Czech artists who experimented with abstraction in glass and forged new relationships between design and contemporary art. Eliáš’ design relates to contemporary Taschist painting (the European cousin of Abstract-Expressionism). While important in itself, the abstract vase also matches a drawing found in the Museum’s unique collection of original Czech design drawings acquired in 2001 from the Steinberg Foundation in Liechtenstein.
Provenance: 
Kunst-und Auktionhaus Dr. Jurgen Fischer, Former Collection
Steinberg Foundation, Source
2006-03-28
Category: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
VSUP / PRAHA / ELIAS / 1963
signature
Engraved On underside of base near edge.
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; mold-blown, tooled, applied, enameled. Flask-shaped vase with rounded triangular body that narrows to a wide neck with no mouth and a cut rim. Decorated with enameled abstract decoration in opaque and transparent black, pink, red, and blue colors.
Europaisches Glas, Studioglas (2006) #830; BIB# 95313