A kaleidoscope of adventurous, one-off glassware

London Glassblowing auctions colourful and quirky pieces

Image: Ester Segarra

Dancing with light,alive with colour, swirling with patterns: Peter Layton’s gorgeous glasswareis a decorative treat that’s hard to resist. In March, the artist – one ofEurope’s top glassmakers – is holding a week-long silent auction of around 60free-blown pieces, with reserve prices from £120.

Image: Ester Segarra

The selected works include some from Layton’s most popular designs, as well as adventurous,unusual, one-off test pieces inspired by the paintings of Hockney, Turner andvan Gogh, produced during the development of collaborative collections with theRoyal Academy and The National Gallery.

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Standout piecesinclude the Hockney-inspired Garrowby V-Form (left in second picture;reserve price, £1,000), Early Paradiso Highlight Stoneform (right in second picture; reserve, £690), Turquoise Glacier (reserve,£1,200) and a Turner-inspired development piece with bold horizontal colours(reserve, £320). The Ariel Archive Stoneform (first picture; reserve, £580) and vibrant Poppy vase (centre in second picture; reserve, £860) will also enliven the proceedings.

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All these remarkablepieces were created at London Glassblowing’s hot-glass studio-cum-gallery andcan be previewed cumulatively on the its website from next week. The entire collection will also be displayed in the gallerythroughout the bidding period. The silent auction kicks off at 10am on Thursday March 7and runs until Thursday March 14. Bids can be placed in person, by phone or by email.

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