Flight Into Egypt/St. George and the Dragon

Flight Into Egypt/St. George and the Dragon

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Object Name: 
Bottle-shaped Vase with Flight into Egypt and Saint George and the Dragon
Flight Into Egypt/St. George and the Dragon
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Overall H: 15.4 cm, W: 13.59 cm, D: 7.86 cm; Rim Diam (max): 5.72 cm
Not on Display
about 1964
Credit Line: 
Gift of Erwin Eisch
Web Description: 
The earliest objects in the exhibition, the bottle-shaped vase and the cup with applied prunts, represent the kind of popular pieces that Eisch designed for his family’s glassworks, the Glashütte Valentin Eisch. The bottle, enameled by Gretel Eisch, depicts religious scenes on the front and back: Saint George and the dragon and the Flight into Egypt. The small cup, covered with prunts, evokes the long heritage of glassworking in the Bavarian forest. The goblet, dated 1968, is a memento of Erwin Eisch’s trip to the United States to see Harvey Littleton and to teach at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It is made of #475 Johns Manville glass marbles, which have a low-temperature melting point. These marbles were commonly use by American studio glass artists at that time.
Eisch, Erwin (German, b. 1927), Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass, polychrome enamels; blown, enameled, fired. Small flattened spherical vessel with narrow opening, thick extruding lip, collared neck decorated with narrow red zig-zag band where it joins to shoulder; narrow sides decorated with symmetrical floral design; broad slides slightly indented, each decorated with a detailed tondo scene (Virgin Mary holding Christ child, riding donkey sidesaddle, figure of Joseph, fortified town in background, all figures halloed; halloed knight in armor slaying large green dragon, female figure and city in background); slightly flattened base, rough pontil; inscribed on base in script: "E. Eisch 64".
I've Got Glass! I've Got Life!: Passionate Contemporary Glass Art
Toyama Glass Art Museum 2015-08-21 through 2015-11-08
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-03-15 through 2013-02-03
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Eisch, a close friend of American Studio Glass founder, Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Objects in the exhibition span 40 years of Eisch’s career in glass from 1964 to 2004. His works are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. All of the works presented are drawn from the Museum’s collection.
I've got glass! I've got life!: Passionate contemporary glass art (2015) illustrated, p. 82, 142 (#36); BIB# 149088