A very substantial cylinder vase, designed in the late 1970s or early 1980s as a limited edition of 200 pieces for Rosenthal's artist-driven 'Studio Linie' series by Samuel (Sam) J. Herman, arguably the founder of the British studio glass movement.
The vase comprises an opal white core, cased several times in clear glass. There is an abstract decoration of opaque baby-blue highlighted with applications of silver nitrate, suspended between the layers of clear, affecting a sense that the colours are floating free of their background.
The unusual nature of this specific vase, originally acquired from a worker at Rosenthal, is revealed by the comprehensive markings underneath. It has acid-etched 'Rosenthal - Studio Linie' and a facsimile 'Samuel J. Herman' signature, it also has the model number '20427', an unfinished edition number '/200' and the word 'muster' - German for 'pattern' - with this vase being the archetypal pattern on which the rest of the edition was modelled, and is presumably the closest to the original intentions of the artist.
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