Hilkka-Liisa Ahola for Nuutajarvi Notsjö Cut Crystal Vase Fantastical Peacock and Flowers Signed Notsjoe HLA. This piece stands 4 1/2 inches tall, about 4 inches at waist, 3 1/8 inches at mouth and 2 1/2 inches at foot.Features a peacock on one side, hand cut small flowers on two other sides, with the fourth side blank. Hilkka Liisa Ahola studied at the Finnish University for Art and Design from 1936 through 1941, studying model drawing, ceramics and porcelain painting. He worked as a trainee at the Arabia Finland porcelain factory in 1943 and 1944. Best known for his "Flower Series" from 1958 through 1975 for Arabia, he also designed many other series, and worked with other designers and companies. Ahola's glass work for Notsjö is fairly well documented in Scandinavia, though there is a dearth of information outside of those nations. Notsjö signed their work with Notsjoe for the export market. This piece is signed Notsjoe - HLA. Nuutajarvi Notsjo was established in 1793, in Urjala, Finland, by Jacob Wilhelm de Pont and Harald Furnhjelm, originally making window glass + bottles. The company changed hands several times until it was bought by the Wartsila Group in 1950.
Kaj Franck was made art director, a position he held until 1976. Currently the designs are marketed under the Iitala brand. Hand blown (pontil is flame finished to almost smooth, rim is cut and polished) and hand cut with several techniques and depths, the piece has less than expected wear. There is age expected wear to the base from shelf movement. There are no chips, cracks or fleabites.There are several light scratches throughout. Piece shows well and is quite stunning. For other vintage Scandinavian art glass, studio art glass and studio pottery, retro lighting and mid century bar ware see listings. If damage occurs we will work with you to make sure you have everything you need to file a claim, and you will receive a check within two weeks.