This design is, in my extensive experience, not only one of the rarest of Wayne Husted's designs but also one of the most iconic and sought after. It is also a tremendously important one. For this reason I have no qualms offering this one which is priced exceptionally well - in fact, below my cost - because it is damaged . Fortunately, the damage, a hairline crack on the thin edge, is not distracting under normal display conditions because the decanter is viewed head-on from the front. It is rare indeed that I will consider selling an item with any issue, however a piece of this calibre and rarity makes for a healthy exception. For comparison please see this page where I am offering a mint condition Sea Green 6316.
It is entirely appropriate for this very mature design to have been created by Wayne Husted during is very last year as the Blenko Glass Company's designer – only a seasoned maestro would concoct such a creature. One can be utterly ignorant of all things Blenko and still look at this design and immediately recognize something unique and special; it is a shape with universal gravitas.
On a more concrete level this shape evinces the deep inspiration Husted found in modern art. I do not label this decanter "Surrealist" lightly or merely on an aesthetic level, rather is it a strong conceptual kinship that informs my association. Surrealism was a controversial branch of modern art, rife as it was with theatrical showmen like Salvador Dali – but then it is hard to deny just such a tendency in Husted! Surrealism was a very rich and refined outgrowth of the conceptual approach to art making; exploring fantastical and transcendental imagery, and very concerned with iconography and deeply held, if subconscious, concepts. Does any part of that description NOT apply to this design?
Here we have one of Husted's last works, a shape that in many ways sums up his 10 year's work at Blenko. The subversion of the vessel is in full force and yet, paradoxically, this subversion results in a form so iconically bottle-like that it is undeniable. At the same time it is not at all a natural shape for blown glass; like Anderson's beautiful #999 ships decanter glass does not easily take such a dramatic shape as it cools too quickly to fully fill the wooden mold it is blown into, requiring strength and skill on the part of the blower and determination and vision on the part of the designer. But the result “feels” natural despite in actuality being quite forced. The rich paradoxes at play in this design are a testament to Husted's entire oeuvre at Blenko.
This decanter is part of a series of three designs Husted made in 1963 that explored the same approach; flattened squared forms. See the complete set below. http://www.vmglass.com/
Above, the full series of three flattened "Surrealist" decanters from 1963, L to R: 6316 in Tangerine, 6314 in Sea Green and 6315 in Turquoise