This is a very special offering. The Lundbergs did not produce many car vases, and the few they did, such as this one, was truly a work of art. Of course it was made as a tribute to the original car vases, and few were actually used in cars, although occasionally one sees them in restored classic cars. The car vase was originally made about the turn of the 20th Century for the rather primitive cars of that era. The cars were quite aromatic from the exhaust fumes, etc. So car vases were made to help reduce the unpleasant smells with those of flowers. Of course, the purpose was not only to hold fresh flowers, but some people would use artificial flowers and add perfume each time they used the car. Further, this was created by either Steve or James Lundberg. By date and rarity, a very special piece.
Size: 7 1/4" long. 3 1/2" widest diameter.
Signed and Dated: "Lundberg 80"
Condition: Very Good. No losses. Some (expected) wear.
The name Lundberg is recognized as one of the greatest families in fine glass artistry of the 20th Century. It started with James Lundberg, who was a pioneer in the studio glass movement. Lundberg Studios was founded in 1970 by the late James Lundberg and is known for its clear-encased California Style paperweights as well as Art Nouveau and Tiffany style iridescent glass. James Lundberg began working in glass in the late 1960s, while a student at California State University, San Jose. He and brother Steven moved their small backyard glass studio, Nouveau Glass, from San Jose to Davenport in 1973, and renamed it Lundberg Studios. Artist James Lundberg first started creating beautiful, high quality studio glass paperweights in 1972. Classically trained in ceramics, then glazes and finally glassmaking techniques, Lundberg traveled to Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England to learn his art. Stopping in New York City on his way home from Europe, he was struck by the beauty and hues of Tiffany Art Glass. His studio became the leading replicator of Tiffany Style art glass. Using the knowledge and skills he had acquired, most notably the prismatic glasses and decorative techniques of Tiffany, Lundberg began creating paperweights of a style and beauty that had previously not been created or exhibited. James passed away in 1992. Examples of the glassworks and art of James Lundberg and Lundberg Studios are included in nearly every significant private glass collection and major museum.
Steven Lundberg, founder of Steven Lundberg Glass Art, is a pivotal contributor to the arena of glass. His artistic career began in 1972 when, along with his brother James, he founded Lundberg Studios. Initially, the brothers produced a wildly popular series of iridescent Tiffany-style paperweights. Many of the techniques they developed to create these pieces inspired the Lundbergs to search for a more complex method of artistry. At the new studio he worked with his son, Justin. Under the guidance of his father, Justin has grown to become an important glass artist in his own right.
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