Frantisek Vizner’s whirlpool vases

Some time ago I acquired two vintage paintings depicting studies of blue vases.

Blue vase studies

The varied shades of blue, teal, green and browns in the pictures were attractive, and so were the blue shell in one and the blue swirly glass in the other. Their different shapes and perspectives were intriguing.

I had no background history about the artwork and online there were sparse details about the artist. Nevertheless, I thought they would look great in modern or contemporary interiors.

Some months passed and I posted them on Facebook. One evening a collector of art glass vases kindly offered a lead to the objects depicted in the painting shown on the right. They were the sought-after “whirlpool” vases, the work of famous Czech artist Frantisek Vizner, from around 1968.

It’s likely that the other painting also portraits a well known piece. I’d be grateful for any information or thoughts you could share.

František Vízner and the whirlpool vase

Vizner trained at famous glassmaking schools and subsequently graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague. He then went on to work as glass designer for the Czechoslovak glass industry, until 1975, when he made his own steps as independent artist. Vizner’s studio glass works are represented in museums such as the Museum of Applied Art and Craft in Prague, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, among others.

Czechoslovakia has had a long tradition of creating glass artefacts and hosted some of European major centres of glass works.

Below are some examples of the “whirlpool” design (source: Pinterest).

These paintings are now available in my Etsy shop, or can be acquired directly.

Whirlpool vase study by Don Micklethwaite

My collection of art from 18th, 19th and 20th century is ever growing. I’m sharing some of it, to find new appreciative homes for the artworks.

I have more exciting pieces of fine art, of which I’m still researching the background history, including a painting of a famous Swiss artist and a mystery set of WWI portraits.

Should you have knowledge of WWI uniforms, please do get in touch.

Warm greetings, until next time

5 thoughts on “Frantisek Vizner’s whirlpool vases

  1. They are beautiful as it the glassware itself. I hope you find happy homes for them. I’m doing the same thing here myself. Passing stuff on to other happy welcoming homes.

    • itwasjudith says:

      Hello Marlene,
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂
      What a coincidence that I just read your post! You’ve been so busy and your words resonate with me. How comfortable are we needing to be and what is the best way to live one’s life ? Are we succumbing to our properties ?
      I fear I am. I wish I could learn from the way of the enlightened , who forego material possessions .
      Sending you tight hugs and love vibes xx Gabriella

      • There is some synchronicity in play today. I had fun playing with my property for awhile. Things changed when management here changed and the fun went away. I’ll never be a minimalist, but I’m seeing the value of less. I’ve been giving away for years now. I’m blessed with abundance and it wants to be shared. I’ve had plenty passed down to me so it’s all about movement. Feng Shui teaches you that flow is essential. You bring it in, enjoy it for a time, then put it on your Etsy shop for sale. Flow. Always a good thing. I was happy to see your post today as well. Maybe we are both coming up for air finally. Big squishy hugs to you as well, Gabriella.

  2. Holy smokes…what amazing finds!! Well done Gabriella!

    • itwasjudith says:

      Thank you Karen! It was quite a casual purchase – a bit out of my usual things but there was something I liked in the vases and the composition. Hopefully a buyer will like them too 🙂

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