This very rare Chalet End of Day vase is stickered with the Riekes Chalet label. The stunning vase has cranberry or raspberry colored spatters in white on a solid white interior. There are gentle diagonal swirls around the sides and the top edge is ruffled. The dimpled base has a scalloped edge and the vase has an unpolished rough pontil. The foil label reads, "RIEKES CHALET - LEAD CRYSTAL - OVER 24% LEAD CONTENT- HANDCRAFTED IN CANADA".
End of Day pieces were very rarely marked as they were not production pieces. Instead, they were made by using glass remnants of the day and were hand blown into various shapes by the artisans as a means of making extra money.
The vase measures 9 inches high, 5 1/4 inches across the top and has a 3 3/4 inch base. Condition is mint with no chips, cracks, scratches. It dates from between 1965 and 1975, the years Riekes distributed Chalet art glass. It is heavy due to the high lead crystal content. A stunning example of Chalet glass.
History: Angelo Tedesco, a former master Venetian glass blower, glass cutter and engraver from Murano, Italy immigrated to Canada after WWII in 1952 and established the Murano Glass Co. The company produced art glass and lead crystal pieces with smooth, fluid lines, dramatic shapes and vibrant, striking colors. These pieces were created by techniques rooted in Venetian tradition but evolved into free form hand worked "stretch" translations of the art form.
The company changed its name in late 1962 to Chalet Artistic Glass. The company's artists produced fabulous, imaginative pieces of glass. They are recognized as the originators of Canadian free form artistic glass. Until 1965, Chalet Glass added American distributors Riekes for North American distribution.
In the 1970's, heavy crystal and leaded glass became increasingly expensive to make. The company closed in 1975.