Vintage Orient and Flume Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Alexander Smallhouse Vase - Grape Motif - image 1 of 13

This rare limited edition vase was made by renowned art glass company, Orient and Flume. The company was founded in 1972 by Douglas Boyd and David Ballentine Hopper in Northern California, and has gone on to establish a reputation for producing fine art glass which is sought after by collectors. According to the company website "The work of Orient & Flume can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, the Chicago Art Institute, the Chrysler Museum, the Corning Glass Museum and fine stores and galleries throughout the world."

This Orient & Flume signed and numbered limited edition vase was designed and blown by Ed Alexander and David Smallhouse. The piece has a round, pillow-like form with a neck that terminates in an everted rim. The vase is composed of mottled glass in shades of blue, black, white, gray and reddish-brown umber over a green body and features a stylized bunch of dimensional black grapes on the front and back. The design also includes a series of bright green variegated leaves and curling tendrils/vines. The overall visual effect is quite striking and make this piece a standout.

The vase is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. That said, as a vintage item the piece shows appropriate signs of age consisting of some light scratching on the base and lip related to use and display. There is also a production related indentation on the lip which is noted for accuracy. The vase stands 8.25" tall and measures 5.75" wide and 2.5" deep. The mouth of the vase is 2.5" from edge to edge. The underside of the 2lb 2oz vase is signed "Orient & Flume" and "Alexander/Smallhouse" along with "0658N15188" and edition number "35/250".

This unusual vase displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a collection of fine art glass. Truly a lovely piece!

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Vintage Orient and Flume Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Alexander Smallhouse Vase - Grape Motif


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