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Hi Bernard:

Thanks again, I can't believe how much you know about this stuff. I can only wish I was so wealthy. Oh well, maybe in my next life.


Hi, picked up this piece of Sowerby yesterday. I'm now looking for the correct sized frog:)

Bernard C:
Sue — I agree wholeheartedly.   However, not just glass, but most pottery and china objects also look good on a black plinth, as you will see at any large antique fair.   The unfortunate side of knowing plinths is that I immediately visualise what should be on them, so to me and not more than a handful of other specialists a mixed combination looks terrible.

I get round any occasional display problem at fairs by using Chinese carved wooden stands.   This also protects me from being thought of as a mix-and-match merchant, and my clients know that if I am using a glass plinth then it is a proper component of the item for sale.   It is worth looking out for old examples — I picked up a box full at a local auction some years ago for a few pounds.   New carved wooden plinths are not expensive, considering the work that is involved in making them.   I think I got the idea from a Liberty catalogue page reproduced in Ysart Glass showing Monart displayed on these stands; Frank may be able to confirm this.

Squirls — You find that you just pick it up over time.   I find plinths interesting as they are often the only part of a set to carry any sort of mark.   Where are you?    Australia?    Plinths are always in demand for display purposes, so your purchase was something of a bargain.

Dave — your posy mushroom needs a flower block.   Unfortunately I don't know of anyone providing an antique and collectable glass spare parts service, probably because the economics wouldn't work; obvious really if you think about it.

Bernard C.  8)

Well it just goes to show you....banged up in these 4 walls its easy to think that something as mundane as plinths is of no interest to anyone else at all.... but like Bernard, Sue and Squirls I pick them up for the very same reason. They are really excellent for display as they add an extra dimension that lifts the object almost out of itself as it were....When a vase/bowl etc is placed directly onto a shelf, or whatever, it almost seems to lose part of itself into its support.... a bit like the bottom of it has been swallowed up by the shelf and taking something away from the balance of the piece.....once placed upon a plinth it "sets it free".....blimey what a lot of waffle....but I know what I mean.....If you haven't tried it...then do'll be really surprised.... and finally you can normally pick them up for next to nothing.




Moncrieff displayed Monart on wooden plinths at trade exhibitions and of course so did Liberty's. The popularity of the oriental in the 1920's made the use of these plinths ubiquitous and you frequently see them in use in interior shots from the period. The less elaborate plinths were used as bases for the Monart night light.

It is interesting that thet were used in both the 1929 and 1930 Liberty's catalogues but not at all in the following years, which can also be accessed from those links. (No Monart in 1928 or 1931 catalogues.)


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