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Mark Hill to launch new book at The Glass Fair at Knebworth
'Sklo: Czech Glass Design from the 1950s-70s' is a rewrite of 'Hi Sklo Lo Sklo', his best-selling book from 2007 on mid-century modern Czech glass. Released after almost 10 years of new research, and dealing and collecting across two continents, the new book includes over 500 specially commissioned, full-colour images across 5 chapters, covering the work of over 50 designers.
The 1950s-70s saw a renaissance in Czech glass design, re-establishing the country’s global reputation for this craft. Skilled designers pushed the boundaries of C20th glass design, producing unique and visually stunning art glass masterpieces that were exported and sold across the world for display and use in the home. The modern and vibrantly coloured designs were enormously successful, but the designers responsible were rarely named. Even today, many of the designs they originally produced remain forgotten or misattributed. Mark's book identifies many of these works, with designer biographies and an illustrated introduction into the fascinating story behind the creation of these avant garde works.
Below are just a few of the stunning items featured in the book;
A late 1950s Borské Sklo cased, cut, gilded and enamelled bottle, designed by Jaroslav Lebeda for display and sale at the 1958 World Exposition in Brussels, 12.75in (32cm) high. (Image © markhillpublishing.com).
A 1960s-70s Chlum u Trebone (Cesky Kristal) rare ovoid ‘Garnet & Blue’ heat-sensitive glass vase object, designed by Pavel Hlava, with inscribed signature to the base, 5.5in (14cm) high. (Image © markhillpublishing.com).
A 1970s-80s Jablonec cast, cut and polished ‘Bull’ sculptural block, designed by Professor Jan Cerny, with inscribed ‘Prof Jan Cerny’ signature, 5.5in (14cm) wide. (Image © markhillpublishing.com).
A 1950s unique vase, designed, carved and cut by Antonin Drobnik at Zelezny Brod Sklo, depicting two figures and bird representative of harvest and freedom, signed ‘DROBNIK’, 11.5in (29cm) high. (Image © markhillpublishing.com).
A 1960s Exbor cased, cut and polished ‘Monolith’ vase object, designed by Pavel Hlava c1958, with circular Exbor acid-etched mark to the base, 13.5in (34cm) high. (Image © markhillpublishing.com).
A 1970s Exbor flashed, cut and polished jardinière, with pink ‘amoeba’ design, designed by Ladislav Oliva c1968, with circular Exbor acid-etched mark to the base, 4.5in (11.5cm) wide. (Image © markhillpublishing.com).
The Glass Fair at Knebworth provides the ideal platform for Mark to showcase and promote his book - a wide range of antique, collectable and contemporary glass will be offered for sale by specialist exhibitors at the top of their fields, ensuring the highest quality and authenticity.
Helen Millard - Hummingbirds Cameo Vase
From sculptural abstract forms and statement pieces to delicate ornamental items, contemporary artists from every discipline will be showcase their wares. Glassblowers, kilnformers, cast glass artists, engravers, jewellery makers and more will be taking the stage, offering visitors a wide variety of exciting and unique items to fit their price bracket, whether large or small.
Mark will be signing copies of his new book in the annexe off Hall 1, and online sales of the book will commence on the same day, from the Mark Hill website. Visitors to the fair will also be able to view a collection of Mark's 'Top Ten' featured pieces.