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In 1965, two extraordinary ideas collided to produce one of the most astoundingly beautiful and rare Blenko pieces ever created. The first (or maybe second—order unimportant) was Joel Myer’s soon-to-be revered design for a rapturously curvaceous and organic and nearly unprecedently monumental architectural decanter. It would be a whopping 43 inches tall and bear the catalog number #6535. The second was the wondrous alchemy that resulted in Blenko’s “Chestnut”—a deep dark amethyst-y brown. Blenko ‘lore’ has it that Blenko’s browns have been produced so infrequently (Chestnut was made for one year only, and so was 2003’s Ginger) not because they were unpopular but rather, because they were more difficult (read expensive!) to produce with any consistency. During Blenko’s entire ‘historical period’ (1946-1974), I believe there was only one other one-year-only color besides Chestnut--1958’s Mulberry.
In short, not only is this Blenko/Joel Myers #6535 architectural decanter in to-die-for 1965-only CHESTNUT SPECTACULAR, it’s also impossibly rare. Once this is gone, your time is better spent hunting unicorns....
The complexity of this deep rich Chestnut and how it changes in the light is remarkable. I’ve posted a few photos in different lighting and will hopefully get around to posting more. Notice how awesomely AMETHYST the decanter looks in front of a sunlit window!
DIMENSIONS: ~42.75” tall, and ~11” in widest diameter
CONDITION: MINTY! Some base wear, of course. The interior of the decanter is very clean and undamaged by moisture, mineral deposits, etc. The stopper is perfect. Given the sheer size of this piece, the existence of some bubbles and/or straw marks, and/or other normal production variations is a given; none are significant enough to point out individually. The same goes for possible scuffs or scratches. I can find none, or none are significant enough to catch my eye but assume there must be a few on such a large old piece.
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