Kosta Bergh 1930s Engraved Crystal Pedestal Vase, Naked Hermes or Mercury, Perfect Gift


This fabulous vintage vase depicts a lithe figure, running naked across the perfectly clear crystal. That figure is the Greek god Hermes (the Roman Mercury), who was the god of translators and interpreters. He was the most clever of the Olympic gods, and served as messenger for all the other gods. He ruled over wealth, good fortune, commerce, fertility, and thievery. In this Art Deco-influenced engraving, he wears only a winged helmet and shoes and carries a caduceus.

The vase is big and heavy, weighing over 5 pounds and measuring about 9.5" tall and 4.5" at its widest diameter. It has marvelously shaped sides, a rounded rim, and a thick circular pedestal foot or base. It was engraved using the traditional copper-wheel method, one that requires incredible skill. The piece has the expected wear on its base and some small scratches, but overall it is in fantastic condition.

Between 1928 and 1950, Elis Bergh was the artistic leader of Kosta glass mill . After 1950 until his death in 1954 he appeared as a consultant to Kosta. He came to Kosta for an architectural assignment in which he was to design an interior at the mill. In 1928 he was called back to draw lighting fixtures, an area in which he considered was an authority. As an artistic director he stood for the graceful yet modern design that characterized Kosta's production during the interwar period.

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