Nigel, I do take some of your points
There is much research yet to do on Nazeing
Book references aside -
I can only hold a piece of Monart with it's beautiful swirls so perfectly crafted by the glass maker with (yes we all know it was Xmas glitter) mica flakes glittering perfectly - I know not all had Mica flakes, but even those without have an evenness and balance of design
I can then hold a piece of signed Gray-Stan with it's delicate white inner surface and perfectly executed cloudy swirls going in this direction and that all again aesthetically balanced
I can say the same for Clutha, but I fear we are talking an earlier date here with the Dresser pieces I would hold up for comparison
I then hold up a piece of Nazeing with the label and see blotches instead of well defined and researched swirls or cased patterns, I see a crudely made piece which seems out of proportion, the glass thinner at some places than others and uneven (non ground rim)
This is what I see with my designerâ€™s eyes and 15 years in the glass collecting researching business
More research may hype prices, but quality is a thing more lasting than what would be a cause for inflation
So with all the research that has been done on Monart/Vasart, Powell, WMF, Gray-Stan (I love the story about the search for the perfect formulae), why has no one researched Nazeing to the same extent
I look forward to your further research work and wait to be flabbergasted by some amazing piece of Nazeing that sets the world alight
By the way Frank, I don't agree you helped hype the prices of Monart and Vasart, you have never gone into deep research on WMF glass or Powell, yet a comparably rare piece will fetch the same amount as fine piece of Monart.
A note also on labels - Monart did no harm to the future prospects of their glass by labelling so well - those lovely round labels with hand written codes - I call that the personal touch of a true artisan - I mention this because a Monart label can increase the price by 4 times sometimes, it is collectors who are fascinated by this (like a 1st edition book - signed copy), I think yourself and others research into Monart labels has informed rather than hyped the market - after all each label can tell a story of it's own
Can the same be said of Nazeing?
For some reason it is almost impossible to find pieces with the double goat label left intact - most research seems to be done through retail labels
That has to say something
I expect many big guns will want to crucify me - but know this I have written only on what my own eyes and experience tell me
Nazeing are still going - this from the website (History section)
In 1928 Charles Kempton's son Richard, with two brothers, purchased a farmhouse and four acres of land near Nazeing in the Lee Valley and the name Nazeing Glass Works was born. With a workforce of just seven employees in 1930, the company made decorative ware, vases, bowls and paperweights in soft pastel colours, that are rare collectorâ€™s items today. One of the employees was a fifteen year old boy - who later became Managing Director in the 1960's!
I thank you for your time - and add if the company thinks that pastel vases made by a 15 year old boy are rare collectables then who am I to criticise
Adam D555 :twisted: :twisted: