Amethyst - Lavender Crystal Glass Figurine of a Cherub Boy by Sabino circa 1970s

WOW! What a beautiful study this truly is using amethyst glass. It displays all of the qualities that are associated with this glass colour variant and much more besides...

Very few glass producing factories used an amethyst colour within their repertoire, and for very good reason. Amethyst is a difficult glass colour to produce with any degree of success in terms of commercial production and as such even the most accomplished glass factories approached this glass colour type with caution...

...But not Sabino...

Manganese oxides and compounds of copper are required to render the crystal its colour in this instance, however too much of each will render the glass to become black, totally clear & transparent and/or so brittle that nothing remains. Get it right, and it is a marvel. Get it wrong, and it is doomed...

I adore this piece by Sabino. It encapsulates amethyst glass to perfection. This figure fluctuates across the spectrum from lavender blue to pastel violet in an instant. One moment the glass is a wonderful translucent amethyst in colour, and then with the blink of an eye it becomes lavender blue. This piece is gorgeous.

Refraction of light is responsible for these sudden changes of colour. Amethyst as a natural semi-stone, often displays the very same characteristics, and Sabino grasped, acknowledged and understood this completely when producing this piece...

I have two identical examples of this study, neither of which is signed however the base of one carries a very faint remaining mark of the original Sabino paper label. This mark would date these figures to circa 1970s.

This listing is for one figurine only, however a sale price discount for both is available by request.

Height: 4 inches Base diameter: 1.25 inches Postage weight: Is minimal at just 400gms

*Please kindly note that the lighting display piece is not included in this sale*

Item ID: JJ750


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