Charles Kaziun (1919-1992) - or Charles Kaziun Jr. as he is sometimes referred to - was one of the pioneers involved in re-discovering the techniques of the old French glassworks. By the mid-1940s he was making a wide range of millefiori paperweights (many including silhouettes), lampwork and related items, such as scent bottles. He perfected the art of miniaturization and created the most amazing detail in the smallest of spaces. During his lifetime he used a large variety of “K” signature canes. His later work often contains, in addition to the signature cane, a small gold foil “K”, embedded on the underside of the weight or colour ground.
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Set over a blue ground is a white trellis supporting a diaphanous pink & white striped convolvulus with a gold-foil bee resting inside the trumpet-shaped flower. The design is completed by a deep-pink bud and 4 dark-green leaves on a curving stem. Signed with a gold-foil “K” on the underside of the colour ground. Polished, slightly concave base.
Three dark-green leaves crown a lampwork pansy with 2 red upper petals & 3 blue-edged, white lower petals. The stem bears a pink & green bud and 2 more leaves, with a gold-foil bee resting on one of them. The flower is set on a translucent layer of amber over a yellow ground.The concave base is polished and the weight is signed with a gold-foil...
Probably the best-known lampwork design by this artist: the ever-popular spiderlily. This one has a yellow flower with an upright red/yellow “stamen”. It is supported on 4 narrow, two-tone green leaves over a pink jasper ground. The arrangement is set at an angle on a footed pedestal.Signed with a gold-foil “K” on the underside of the jasper ground.
A popular lampwork design by this artist: the spiderlily. The yellow flower has 6 frilly petals set around a black “stamen” and orange anthers. It is arranged on 4 narrow, two-tone green leaves over a turquoise ground, liberally scattered with goldstone. Set at an angle on a footed pedestal.Signed with a gold-foil “K” on the white underlay.