1 of 10 images

Large Blenko Classic Urn Form Crystal Vases, 1970s

About

From Blenko in 1970, designed by Joel Myers, these large-scale Classic urn form crystal vases as a pair make a grand statement. Form no. 7048, they make great sculpture empty and yet they have a great love of tall arrangements and especially love tropical, i.e. ginger, heliconias, birds of paradise, forced cherry blossoms. Measures 19 1//2" high x 10 in diameter. Price is for the pair.  

Details

  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent. No issues..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 19.5 in. x Dm 10 in.

    H 49.53 cm x Dm 25.4 cm

  • Diameter
    10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Seller location
    Miami, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference number
    LU8301884677

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Blenko Glass (Manufacturer)

A producer of hand-blown glass since 1893, Blenko Glass is currently headquartered in Milton, West Virginia, where it has operated since 1921. Among its many illustrious projects are the stained-glass windows it produced for St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Washington National Cathedral. Blenko is known today for the brilliant colors of its glass vessels and objects—particularly those produced in the 1950s and ’60s—which range from jewel-like blues and greens to brilliant reds and yellows.


The company was founded by William J. Blenko, an English immigrant who was apprenticed to a glassmaker in his native London as a young man. Blenko developed expertise in the production of rondels, the round panes used in stained glass windows. His interest in the potential of natural gas to fire glass furnaces led him to Milton, where abundant reserves of the fuel had attracted a pool of skilled glassblowers. Under the name Eureka Glass, his company began making window glass in 1923, and in 1925, he was joined in the business by his son, William H. Blenko.


When the Great Depression quelled demand for stained glass, William J. Blenko brought local Milton glassblowers into the company to begin producing stem- and tableware, products for which the company, which changed its name to Blenko in 1930, is now best known. Up until the end of World War II, Blenko’s tableware designs were fairly straightforward, and they sold well at American department such as Gump’s, in San Francisco. The company was also commissioned in 1930 to produce a line of reproductions for Colonial Williamsburg.


In 1947, the company hired as its art director Winslow Anderson, who introduced artful, fanciful and modern vessels and objects in vibrant colors. This began what collectors refer to as Blenko’s “historic period.” A number of Anderson’s designs were honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Good Design Awards in 1950, and throughout the 1950’s and ‘60s, the company enjoyed robust sales and critical acclaim. The forms Blenko produced during this period followed the contemporary vogue for biomorphism, or organic modernism, which favored rounded and fluid shapes inspired by nature.


One of Blenko’s most influential designers, Wayne Husted, who was active from 1953 to ’63, is credited with aligning Blenko’s products with the prevailing mid-century modern aesthetic by pushing the envelope on both form and color, particularly in his wedge-cut and Spool decanters and his Echoes series. Joel Philip Myers, who designed for Blenko in the 1960s, brought a sense of whimsy and visual excess to the product line, in keeping with the psychedelic look favored during the period.


Blenko Glass still produces many of its classic designs in items ranging from stemware and tableware to decorative objects and ornamental decanters. Among collectors, pieces created under Husted’s creative direction are of special interest. The company has come to the attention of younger audiences through the documentaries Blenko: Hearts of Glass and Blenko Retro: Three Designers of American Glass, both of which aired on PBS. Blenko also designed the glass award trophy for the Country Music Awards.

About the Seller

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2007
Typical response time: 1 hr
Located in Miami, FL
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
1960s Per Lutken Cylinder Vases Group Holmegaar...
Holmegaard, Per Lutken Holmegaard
Danish Glass
Blown Glass
Per Lütken (1916-1998) is one of the greatest names in Scandinavian glass. He assumed the role of Art Director and Chief Designer at the Danish firm Holmegaard Glasværk in 1946 and ...
1960 Tall Paul Kedelv Coquille Vessel for Flygs...
Paul Kedelv, Flygsfors
Swedish Glass
Blown Glass
A stunning large Scandinavian free-form glass sculpture or vase. Green and white glass encased in clear glass. Made by the Swedish firm Flygsfors in 1960 and designed by Paul Kedelv,...
1950s Cenedese Sommerso Uranium Glass Vessels
Cenedese
European Vases
Very thick walled, these Cenedese Sommerso vessels have a green casing and a uranium glass layer that adds a aura and glow to the pieces especially under black light. Flawless thick ...
1960s Tall Blenko Floor Decanter by Joel Myers
Blenko, Joel Myers
American Bottles
Blown Glass
Wonderful and large Mid-Century blown glass floor decanter by Joel Myers for Blenko. In mixed color Amberina. Dating from 1969. Exceptional tall stopper. Measurements: 27 1/2" high ...
You May Also Like
Collection of Large Blenko Glass Pieces
Blenko
American Glass
A collection of large, red-orange Blenko pieces, largest measuring 33.25" H.
Faux Bamboo Glass Vase by Don Shepherd for Blenko
Blenko
American Vases
Crystal
A very tall clear handblown glass vase in a faux bamboo form has a lipped edge and double-ridged detail that gives it the bamboo form. By Don Shepherd. American, circa 1970. NYDC
Collection of Sculptural Glass Vases by Wayne H...
Blenko, Wayne Husted
American Glass
Art Glass, Blown Glass
Collection of sculptural glass vases, designed by Wayne Husted for Blenko, American, circa 1960s. The price noted below is for all three vases. The vase pictured on the left measures...
Large Blenko Bottle by Joel Myers in Wheat
Blenko
American Glass
Blown Glass
Nice stoppered bottle by Joel Myers for Blenko. This example is free of damage, and retains its' original silver foil label.  
2002 Blenko Glass Tequila Sunrise Signed, Richa...
Blenko
American Glass
Art Glass
Extremely rare hand signed and dates Blenko Glass "Tequila Sunrise" vase. This collectors piece is vibrant cherry red, yellow and avocado green ombre color. Stamped on underside Ble...
Three-Piece Blenko Glass Collection
Blenko
Glass
A collection of blown glass vase forms by the Blenko Glass Company. Corseted green vase 12" H x 6" D. Tumbler form vase in amethyst 9.5" H x 6.25" D. Snifter form in teal 8.25" H x 7...
Monumental Blenko Amberina Floor Decanter
Blenko
American Vases
Glass
Striking amberina floor decanter by Blenko. The piece is big and beautiful! Please contact for location.
Contemporary Baccarat School Tulip Form Crystal...
Baccarat
French Glass
Crystal, Glass
Contemporary Baccarat School heavy crystal vase features tulip form with stylized leaf pattern and scalloped rim, 20th century Measures: 7" H x 10" diameter (3.5"diam base).

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries