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Offline cfosterk

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Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« on: February 11, 2008, 05:26:43 PM »
Bought at Newark on Friday....

Any idea's? At first I thought some sort of Strathearn experimental/abstract but now I'm not too sure. Nothing like it on Richards site...

 

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2008, 06:20:00 PM »
Ysart Harlequin? Double Harlequin maybe?

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2008, 06:37:55 PM »
There is some similarity to a Strathearn "Aurora" - though the colouring is unusual, and Aurora usually has more bubbles.
What's the size of your weight?
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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2008, 06:54:08 PM »
That was my thinking - aurora-esque. Dimensions are 2.75 in diameter, 2.25 in high.

Wear to base shows some age and it 'feels' 1960's/1970's.

My other thought was a variation on an alladins cave - athough it's very different to the perthshire examples i own (in four different colourways). This piece is predominantly pink/purple in hue.

Fairly sure its not a ysart harlequin derivative - at £4.00 that really would have been a steal!!

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2008, 07:00:08 PM »
Another feature is that the design fills most of the dome again rather in the style of aurora and sea urchin. Base is highly polished, completely flat.

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2008, 09:47:47 PM »
Base is highly polished, completely flat.
Which (at least my) Aurora is not - it's fire polished, which seems to be standard for Strathearn. Could it have been damaged, ground and polished?
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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2008, 11:24:06 PM »
Not sure the base finish is a good guide as Strathearn used fire-polished, and highly (flat) polished bases in equal quantities. I think all the aurora's i've seen (only got a blue at the mo) have had fire polished pontils. However, urchin (blue and orange), ice pool, stoer, tropic, orchid etc etc all have highly polished bases.

It's certainly not a typical aurora set up - you expect evenly placed rows of bubbles and this isn't the case. Looks to be two sets of three spaces bubbles only. Will just have to label "unknown, possibly scottish" (again)

Whilst on the subject of Strathearn - one of my Ice pools bears a triangular Design Centre London label rather than the normal Strathearn label.

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2008, 11:25:40 PM »
I don't think there has been damage by the way as the finish on the base looks fine. I'm sure I've seen something like this weight before - driving me crazy!!!

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2016, 09:42:05 PM »
A little late but this looks like the work of Avondale in Pembrokeshire.

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Re: Scottish paperweight? unknown manufacturer
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2016, 01:17:10 PM »
I saw one like this that ended a few days ago on ebay and I did lots of research but could never find a photo like it anywhere in my books.
  I remember seeing one many years ago but cannot bring back its maker.  But it does look like a Strathearn reference I have just looked up online.
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