This vintage glass tray was made by the Glass Guild and carries the signature of Midcentury designer Georges Briard. From a 1stdibs artist profile: "Artist and designer Georges Briard (1917–2005) — a name that has for more than a century been a marker of spectacular and stylish vintage glassware, serveware and other household objects — was born Jascha Brojdo in Russian Ukraine. Brojdo grew up in Poland and moved to the United States in the 1930s, studying art at the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, he began hand-painting metal serving trays while working for Max Wille of M. Wille Company, where Wille suggested changing his name to distinguish his commercial work from his fine art. As Georges Briard, Brojdo created award-winning designs for items including glasses, trays, coffeepots and dishes in materials like glass, ceramics, metal and wood; he even created gold-plated serveware. His serveware was especially popular from the 1950s to ’70s. It was produced by companies including Culver, Pfaltzgraff and Mdina Glass and sold at high-end department stores like Neiman Marcus and Bonwit Teller." This particular tray was made when Briard was with the Glass Guild. It's more of a studio art piece than one made for commercial use, before he became so popular that he was carried in department stores. Hence, it has a more charming look and feel, with painted foil depicting flowers, leaves, and a bow showing through the glass in the center, and the four sides gold painting under the clear glass. Although small trays like this are great for holding small items, this one is so lovely it might be best to display by setting on an easel or leaning against a wall.
Measures 8-1/4" across by 5-7/8" high and weighs 11.6 ounces. Some spots where the glass is scratched, and there is the accumulation of dust over time in the seams of the glass pieces. Signed by the artist on the front. The back is marked GLASS GUILD with the script signature of GEORGES BRIARD.
Uncommon piece by a highly collectible designer.
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