Kaleidoscope - 'Decoscope' in Stained Glass by Frank and Janet Higgins
Both the interior and exterior of Decoscope are strongly influenced by the Art Deco movement of the early 1900's. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
The body of this handcrafted stained glass kaleidoscope is made with a deep purple mirror glass with "piano key" inserts on each side. The object cell is an axle-mounted rotating glass tumblewheel containing fused-glass shaped elements with geometric and sunburst patterns as well as other lampworked and dichroic pieces.
The rectangular 4-element/3-mirror system offer an unconventional double chorus-line image, 2 repeats high and unbounded in the horizontal direction with a pale background and black surround above and below. The interior images are frieze-like, with a strong Art Deco appearance, changing abruptly as the wheel is rotated and the glass elements tumble.
The scope measures approximately 6-1/2" long by 2-3/4 tall by 1-1/4" wide.
Signed and numbered by the artists - #7/25.