For sale is a beautiful piece of hand blown art glass made in the Art Nouveau style by glass master Charles Lotton of Crete, Illinois. He was born in 1935 and is still blowing glass today. The vase is rather large as it stands 7" tall and is 9" in diameter at its widest point. The foot has a diameter of 3 1/4".
The vase has an orb shape with a corseted neck and a rolled back rim. A difficult shape to blow where the top is raise up by the neck. It has an all over split leaf decoration that is iridescent as well as the edge of the rim. This is set on a stunning orange peel or tangerine colored and textured background. This color was rarely used by Charles Lotton. The orange exterior has a softer iridescence than the leaves. The brilliant orange on this beautiful vase was achieved by blowing it over or casing the base color that is a Mandarin Yellow. The contrast is fabulous! There is no doubt this vase was blown by an expert glass blower that is as good as any Tiffany Favrile glass blower of the day. This vase has the same quality as his predecessors Tiffany, Quezal and Steuben.
The vase is in excellent condition as there are absolutely no issues to report. It displays a counter sunk polished pontil, the finishing sign of a quality piece of art glass. It is signed on the bottom in etched script "Charles Lotton 1993" cipher.
This vase is of contemporary make and it is "Investment Quality". Charles Lotton is a self taught glass artist with tremendous skills. His work is in many Museums worldwide and he is still blowing glass today at the age of 82. He started his studio in his backyard back in 1970. This is a quality piece of American art glass and I'm sure even the collector of the early manufacturers will not be disappointed with their purchase.