A pair of prints have just been listed on the site by French artist Georges Dayez, of clear inspiration from Picasso, but also with traces of de Chirico and even Dali. The quality of the prints is very high and they are striking images. Dayez was schooled in Paris at the famous Academie Julian in the 1920's and was closely connected with the School of Paris and exhibited alongside Pignon, Adam and Helion. Amongst other achievements he was one of the jury on the Grad Prix de Rome. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and his studio still exists in the 18th arrondisement in Paris, from where these prints were sourced. A name to watch, perhaps?
Based out of Bonny in the Loiret, Lucien Brisdoux, the son of potter Achille Brisdoux, was taught by Raoul Lachenal in the mid 20's and as a result went through a period of experimentation. One of the results of this were a series of sculptural vessels usually underglazed in dark brown tones and overglazed with random patterns of metallic glazes varying from silver through copper, to gold.. This lasted for around ten years and he gave up the technique around 1940 as it was too expensive. These can be found individually but we currently have a striking set of three on the site.
As well as Italy and Scandinavia, some of the finest quality glass was coming out of Germany in the 1940's & 50's. Where much of the Scandinavian modernist aesthetic was produced in large quantities from moulds and in series, Italian and German glass was proudly unique and individualistic. Italian glass tended towards the sculptural and freeform, while the German technical mastery of the medium was expressed in cutting, turning and etching. Two examples on the site at the moment were made as one off pieces by Nora Ortlieb, a pupil at the Stuttgart technical art school of Wilhelm von Eiff, considered one of the 20th centuries very finest glass workers. Ortlieb (1904-1984) started her own workshop in 1943 but I would guess these vessels date from the 1950's. The weight and quality is outstanding and compared to Venini for example, are very reasonable in price. Each is signed, and very much a work of art in their own right.