Barry Sautner (1952 - 2009) was an artist of incredible talent and world wide acclaim. His untimely death at the age of 57 has left a void in the world of art glass that will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fill.
This three dimensional intricately carved piexe depicts a pair of nude male acrobats, riding atop a fish, with finely detailed scales, fins, and tail.
Size: Height 2 7/16"
Provenance: September, 2007, Price Guide from L. H. Selman. His estimated value was $2750 to $3500 before Buyer's Premium of 15 percent.
His three dimensional approach to cameo glass carving resulted in striking realism. He mastered the difficult art of undercutting to the extent of creating a complete diatreta, which consists of an open lattice work design that is completely undercut with the exception of a few posts that keep the design connected to the inner vessel.
Feeling that even these posts detracted trom the overall design, Barry took this process a step further and developed a method of carving diatreta which is devoid of any post structure. The diatreta design is connected to the inner vessel by means of leaves, flowers, and the like, creating a homoqeneous whole.
Barry's work has been displayed at a variety of museums and galleries, and his work is part of the permanent collections of THE; BERGSTROM-MAHLER MUSEUM, THE BIRKS MUSEUM, THE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN GLASS and THE NEWARK MUSEUM, as well as many private collections. He was also one of two living artists to be shown in "Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2,000 Years of Glassmaking" which was sponsored by THE CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS in 1982. In addition a number of art publications have also featured his work.
. Barry's work is best summarized by quoting one such publication: "In sixteen centuries only a handful of glass artists have been able to reproduce the diatreta of the ancient glass artists. Barry Sautner now stands not only head and shoulders above all others but in our opinion has also surpassed the ancients in the beauty of his creations. Already Sautner has created more diatreta than all the ancient examples known. Sautner's technical skill and ingenuity, combined with his artistic ability, presage much for the future of this art."
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