This gorgeous amber hand cut crystal 2 piece vanity set designed by Franz Burkert (1904-1968), was an award-winning work displayed In 1959 at the international exhibition of contemporary glass held under the patronage of President Eisenhower. Of more than 1800 worldwide submissions, only 100 were selected. The exhibit was shown in the museums listed below.*
Both pieces are in excellent condition for their age. Perfume bottle has original sticker in place which dates the piece to Frank's early work. Both have a couple of tiny chips on one or two corners that are difficult to see and which I have attempted to show in the pictures provided. The perfume bottle has one chip on the neck shown in pictures. 7 1/2" tall with stopper, 3 1/2" long, 2 1/4" wide. Dish 4 1/4" long, 3 1/2" wide, 1 1/2" tall.
Jury member for this exhibition Leslie Cheek Jr on this Franz Burkert:
From very different spirit is the Franz Burkert designed perfume bottle crystal glass GmbH from Oberursel (No. 127). Here the basic inspiration was not soft, flowing quality molten glass, but his hard crystalline shear condition - as if the material came from the mine - and was carved. One thinks of the fresh coolness and the majesty of a rare diamond with deep cut facets to increase the jewel-like illusion by the interposition playing prism effects.
All this helps to make it a container for the elegance precious perfumes, kept deep in the thick glass walls. The ground is correspondingly difficult to prevent the falling of this relatively small bottle and in that the upper part is really handy, it makes the use of the bottle for perfume use easier.
So the cognac bottle takes as its place in a convivial socializing, this perfume bottle will fit a their role in the serious ritual female cosmetics. Here is a venerable container for spells fragrance - mysterious, elegant, beautiful.
*Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Toledo Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond and Corning Glass Museum, New York.
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