BARRY SAUTNER (American 1952 -2009) was one of the most renowned glass artists for his very unique re-creation of diatreta. (Please read the information at the end of the listing.) This is an amazing example of his best work. There is a marvelous frosted insculpture of an orchid in the center, with a branch underscoring the accuracy of the depiction. Around the outer edges are intertwined green leaves, FOUR orchids, many buds, and white flowers along the bottom of the leaves. A truly magnificent piece with more details and somewhat larger than the few other diatreta flower pieces available. I purchased this some years ago when Suzanne still worked at L. H. Selman's Glass Gallery. She called me to tell me it was available, since she knew what pieces I wanted to buy (she found most of my carpet grounds for me). She sent me this wonderful piece is the box, with a caution that diatreta is more fragile than most other art glass. I did not take it out of the box until just the other day when I photographed it to list it. I was saddened to find that one of the exterior orchids has a leaf missing. Since nothing was in the box, I now realize I should have inspected it immediately, instead of leaving it for some years without. At any rate, we are significantly reducing the price.
Country of Origin: U. S. A.
Medium: Diatreta Insculture Glass.
Size: Approximately 4" diameter (outside orchid to outside orchid.)
Condition: Missing the one leaf. Otherwise immaculate.
Barry R. Sautner had been carving and experimenting with glass since 1979. With the encouragement of Dr. and Mrs. Leonard S. Rakow of New York City, two of America’s premier collectors, lecturers, and leading authorities on cameo glass, Barry has created a variety of astoundingly beautiful and intricate carvings. His three dimensional approach to cameo glass carving results in such striking realism that all that went before appears flat. He has 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 from the overall design, Barry took this process a step further and developed a method of carving diatreta that 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 homogeneous whole. In 1987, Barry was credited with having been the first person to create a double cage cup similar to those made in ancient times, but having two layers of circles instead of one. He has also developed a totally new technique termed “insculpture”, which consists of creating a three dimensional design within a crystal paperweight by carving through small openings at the base. Themes in his work range from a stunning reflection of nature and classical forms to more current topics such as the Holocaust, aging, modern communications, and contemporary living and loving. 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. (From the L. H. Selman site).
There is an excellent website, Sautner Cameo Glass, that is in his honor, and has a few of his pieces for sale. Only one is similar to mine, although larger, (Forbidden Fruit) and that is priced at $45,000.00.
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