A stunning Swedish full lead crystal glass bird (duck?) sculpture. Made by Marcolin Art Crystal
(formerly FM Konstglas
). Signed to base "Marcolin, Sweden, M501.10"
. Designed by Josef Marcolin
, pattern number M501
. Josef and his brother Benito founded FM Konstglas in 1961. The feathered bubble effect is usually referred to as "sfumato"
, which in glass terms means a gradual change of shade, however it has recently been discovered that the correct term would be "fumato"
, which means "smoked", a technique which involves exposing the glass to smoke from a fire, to give the glass a smoky colour by picking up particles of unburnt ember and ash from the smoke. This has been confirmed on a Swedish glass forum [here
], where a glassblower who worked for FM Konstglas/Marcolin, described the technique they used, involving smoke, to create this effect.
Measures approx 3.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches in diameter at widest point.
Excellent condition, no chips or cracks.