Absolutely stunning beautifully decorated gold and silver irridescent perfume bottle from the highly acclaimed Gozo Glass factory from the small Mediterranean island of Malta, founded by the late great Michael Harris on the small Maltese island of Gozo in 1989. The piece is embelleished with sublime lamost majestic colours that include peacock blue, sapphire, eucalyptus green, silver, mint, azure, purple and gold. The perfectly proportioned perfume bottle starts with a circular highly polished base which houses the company's engraved signature - please see below or the last photo. The piece ascends in elegant fashion and splays out slightly at its lower reaches before its straightens and forms an elongated cylinder with vertical straight sided perimeter walls. A high rounded shoulder leads onto gentle slopes that in turn lead to a reduced slightly squat collared neck. The perfume bottle that splays outwards to form an exquisitely proportioned wide brimmed mouth. The mouthrim itself is rounded displays a sublime deep sapphire blue colouration with a circular fine border or perimeter. This wider brimmed canopied mouth is beautifully enhanced with a myriad of minute bubbles that glisten and glimmer in all light levels. This stunning effect can be seen in photo 1 whereby each and every bubble creates a galaxy of twinkling stars above the magical decorative splendour viewed below. The perfume bottle itself has a sublime ground of a cobalt blue seen at its lower reaches. The piece is cased to a crystal clear glass of the utmost clarity which is duly surmounted with a fine cobalt blue collar. The sublimely decorated perfume bottle is decorated with an amazing controlled irridescence which displays colours of mint and eaucalyptus greens, purple, sapphire, peacock and azure blues and very opulent shards of silver with tinges of gold. The abstract fumed irridescence is beautifullt embellished with shards and pointed spear of colour that enhance it's peacock blue ground. Rivers and finer tributaries of peacock and sapphire blues meander throughout the piece's entire surface. They wend their way around the bottle's surface area whereby their respective carriageways create magical asymmetrical lagoons of irridescence. The silky smooth irridescence is further enhanced with slightly broader ultramarine rivers of undecorated glass that undulate and weave their way through the sea of irridescence. The undecorated rivers provide rest for the eyes as they act as a perfect foil for the piece's opulent quite mesmirising decorative effects. Some irridesecnt areas display an abstract composition of peacock blue shields partnered with eurcalyptus green and gold pointed shards whilst other regions incorporate clusters of azure blue circles. Each and every silvery irridescent layer is sublimely marbled with an array of minute theads fo blue that perfectly harmonise with one another. The bottles swathes of golden irridescence is reserved for the piece's mid and upper reaches whereby magical displays of gold are viewed, laced with a myriad of silvery blues, at it's gently sloping upper levels. Other areas of this quite exquisite piece are enhanced with a fine feathering that resembles the semi transparent wings of the butterfly and the dragonfly. The vases orb like globular stopper is also decorated with a magical feathering. The tight fitting stopper is also in a pristine condition whereby its superb irridescence perfectly accompanies the tapestry of magical effects below.
Simply put ... the perfume bottles tapestry of irridescence is stunning and quite breathtaking to say the very least ! The perfume bottle, has a unique elegance and style, whereby its handblown and decorated elements, renders no two pieces alike. The perfume bottle circular base fits perfectly in the palm and is very tactile indeed. Truly... truly exquisite and quite exceptional, with an array of decorative effects that takes the piece onto a completely higher level of excellence and artistry !!!
Michael Harris can truly be described as Englands premier art glass designer, artist and technician. His notable contemporaries include Geoffrey Baxter at Whitefriars and Ronald Stennett-Willson at Wedgwood. Born in 1933 in Derbyshire, he was a student at London’s Royal College of Art. In 1959 he designed for Chance Brothers & worked with Stennett-Willson at the RCA & also with the great Sam Herman. In 1968 he founded Mdina Glass in Malta which, made his fortune and brought him to public acclaim. Major sales soon followed from Heals in London & Rosenthal. He reluctantly returned to England due to the anti-British & repressive government of Dom Mintoff and founded The Isle of Wight Glass Company whereby his Azurene range won a Design Council Award in 1979 which resulted in a two year waiting list for his glassware. His Mdina winged, lollipop & bottle vases , amongst scores of other ranges remain in high demand to this day with prices seemingly soaring year on year. Michael returned to his beloved Malta in 1989 and founded Gozo Glass. By this time Michaels & Mdina’s influence on Maltese glass resulted in many offshoot factories including Mtarfa , Valetta and Phoenician Glass to name but a few. Michael , sadly, passed away in 1994 leaving his wife Elizabeth and two sons ,Tim & Jonathan to continue………. his considerable legacy.
CONDITION – SIZE – WEIGHT – MARKS
Condition of the exquisitely decorated irridescent perfume bottle and its stopper is A1 perfect with no chips, dents, cracks, abrasions, nibbles, scratches, abrasions or water damage at all . The piece measures 4.25 " ( 11 cms ) in height and weighs in at 308 gms. inclusive of box. The piece's gold and silver peacock blue, silver and gold irridescence is bright and unrubbed . The piece's circular highly polished base pontil is also scratch free and signed - Gozo Glass in flowing script. There is also an original oblong black and white Gozo Glass label - together with a navy blue and gold box, both of which are totally undamaged - please see the last two photographs.
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