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#5929S Decanter And Stopper

This is a decanter and stopper. It was designed by Wayne Husted and manufactured by Blenko Glass Company. It is dated 1959 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is blown glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Color and original design are two key components of Blenko glass. The firm had five important designer directors, of which Wayne Husted was the second. Husted introduced Blenko to the concepts of Studio Glass before it became a movement. His abstracted forms and experimentation with color make him a key figure in the history of the firm.
This decanter with stopper was only sold for one year, 1957, in this color, Nile green. The piece embodies the more flamboyant design elements of the late 1950s. These decanters were marketed as functional objects in Blenko’s catalog and many were purchased with use in mind. For Husted, however, it is clear that he was primarily interested in the object as a sculptural, richly colored form for display, bringing a mix of art and design to Blenko’s portfolio. The fact that the Blenko mark is sandblasted, a labor-intensive process, rather than acid etched, is another indication of the handwork that set Blenko apart from the mass market glass that was designed and produced in the United States during the same period.
The decanter proposed for acquisition would help tell the full design story of this firm and also represents top-level work by Husted, one of the most important designers to direct the Blenko firm.

This object was donated by William Agle. It is credited Gift of William Agle.

Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 56.4 x 18.4 cm (21 1/2 x 7 1/4 iin.)

It has the following markings

On underside of base: sandblasted Blenko mark

Cite this object as

#5929S Decanter And Stopper; Designed by Wayne Husted (American, b. 1927); Manufactured by Blenko Glass Company; USA; blown glass; H x diam.: 56.4 x 18.4 cm (21 1/2 x 7 1/4 iin.); Gift of William Agle; 2013-26-1-a,b

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