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Sculpture - Arcus 1

Arcus 1

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Zelezny Brod (made)

  • Date:

    1991 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Libensky, Stanislav, born 1921 (maker)
    Brychtová Jaroslava, born 1924 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mould-melted glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Contemporary Glass, Room 129, The Märit Rausing Gallery, case EXP

Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, husband and wife, worked together for over 40 years. They pioneered sculptural glass in Czechoslovakia, developing the technique of mould-melting glass, in which large chunks of raw glass are laid into a mould taken from an original clay model and fired in a furnace. Teaching generations of students, Libensky passed on this technique, which is now a classic hallmark of Czech glass. 'Arcus' is a monumental abstract sculpture in which Libensky and Brychtova have explored geometry and optical effects.

Physical description

Blue-grey glass sculpture of arch profile, irregularly-edged, with a central narrow vertical opening delineated by precise geometric interval planes.
The form is mould-melted; a plaster mould is made and filled with chunks of raw coloured glass and then heated.

Place of Origin

Zelezny Brod (made)


1991 (made)


Libensky, Stanislav, born 1921 (maker)
Brychtová Jaroslava, born 1924 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Mould-melted glass

Marks and inscriptions

'S. Libensky J Brychtova 1991'
Makers's mark incised bottom right edge on the back


Height: 75.0 cm, Width: 98.5 cm maximum, Depth: 11 cm, Weight: 90 kg

Descriptive line

"Arcus 1" sculpture, mould-melted glass, made by Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Czechoslovakia (Zelezny Brod), 1991.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Prague Glass Prize 1991, Prague Glass Assoc. pp56-7; Frantz,Susanne (ed): Libensky and Brychtova a partnership in glass, 1994

Production Note

Generally, the Libensky's method of working is for him to draw up the idea and for Jaroslava to sculpt it, produce the master model and supervise the mould-melting, a technique which she devised.






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