Background Information and Provenance
An Ajka hand-cut, mouth-blown coloured crystal vase made in Hungary. Ajka was started by Bernard Neumann in 1878 and today is one of the biggest glassworks in Central Europe today producing unique, handmade pieces of crystal art. Ajka Crystal is exported for world-famous brands such as Wedgwood, Tiffany’s, Rosenthal, Waterford Crystal, Polo Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, Moser and other high-end French crystal manufacturers. This piece has been HAND-CRAFTED using techniques passed down through generations in Europe. If you look closely you’ll notice that all the circles with a small circle in the middle are very slightly different in size, shape and placement. These characteristics give the piece its charm and personality.
This is the first Ajka piece I’ve come across in Australia. I love how the circles are concave which creates the fascinating reflections from the other side. The piece is labelled ensuring a solid investment. The retail prices given in the photos at the end of the listing are in US$ so add on at least 25% for Australian $.
With more and more artist jobs being given to machines it’s refreshing to come across this HAND-CRAFTED piece that showcases the traditions and talent of these artists. Investing in HAND-MADE art invests in the stories they tell about our past and future plus by “recycling” art you’re reducing your carbon footprint.
PICK-UP . . . from 30 or 40 minutes North of BRISBANE city is accepted but postage is preferred as my home is hard to find. Because of this I will nominate a friend or family member for you to collect the item from if you need collection. Pick-up in person must be worked out prior to purchase- thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE is offered internationally. All our Decorative Arts pieces are delivered through AUSTRALIA POST. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE ESTIMATES. . . . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To BRISBANE- most of our pieces cost $15 - $18 to send. . . To SYDNEY or MELBOURNE- Small Vase- around $20 - $23, Medium Vase- around $20 - $25, Large Vase- around $24 - $30. Let us know if you need an EXACT COST for postage prior to purchase. The above postage estimates include $2.95 for a signature on delivery. . . INSURANCE against being lost or broken in transit up to the value of $200 is included in the estimates above. If your vase is cheaper or more expensive than $200 this will effect your postage fee slightly. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A BOXING FEE of $3.00 is included in the fee above to cover the cost of searching for and storing used packing materials. With the millions of cardboard boxes that end up as landfill every year we don’t believe in supporting the manufacture of boxes for post. Instead of buying new boxes and packing materials and passing this cost onto our customers we spend considerable time sourcing used boxes and then fashioning boxes to fit each item. We do the same for bubble-wrap and foam pieces. This requires a large investment of time, energy, ingenuity, organization and storage space- it is much easier and cheaper to buy new packing materials but I can’t justify taking the easy way out when so much packing material ends up polluting our earth. Our $3.00 charge does little to pay for the time (and storage) needed do this and to pack your item (there is also the time needed to get your package to the post office). This is something we’re happy to do for our customers and the environment. We appreciate your support in this area.
We accept DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT. We send photographic ID of the store owner (Michael Grealy) to all customers at the point of sale, along with media articles about iNVISeDGE with photos of Michael Grealy in them (most of these articles are about 10 years old). Your payment will be paid into an Australian ANZ bank account under the name Michael Grealy (or iNVISeDGE). Please read our ebay feedback spanning more than 15 years for irrefutable proof of our online trading history and reputation. Ebay feedback can ONLY be left by LEGITIMATE PAYING customers! Credit Card payments are also available. Payments by Credit Card incur an additional fee of 2% to cover the fees the bank charge us. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
On occasions a DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT can be made at the time of collection. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
On occasions CASH payment when you collect your item may also be available. Confirm prior to purchase if you need this. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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