Great stained glass vase by Dutch artist Jaap Gidding, designed for the Leerdam Glassworks, circa 1926. For this object he employed abstract patterns of sinuous lines of irregular thickness in bright and contrasting colours. The Rotterdam-born artist Jaap Gidding (1887-1955) began as an ornamental painter, but later became a designer of stained glass, carpets, furnishing fabrics, ceramics and glass. He was among the foremost Art Deco artists in the Netherlands. In the 1920s and 1930s, as modernism with its lack of ornaments made its breakthrough, he remained a popular 'decorative artist'. His most famous work is the dazzling, expressive hall of the Tuschinski theatre in Amsterdam.