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M&S Open bubble base vase, China + another unidentified

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Anne:
More successful trip this time found a red Marks and Spencer bubble vase so I bought one for reference. Having spent quite some time inspecting the ones on the shelf (much to the bemusement of the staff!) I can now say that the base on most of them where the colour joins the clear glass is not evenly rounded like the Wirkkala ones are. Most have what I would call (for want of a better phrase) a Mexican wave shape to the join. I picked out one which is better than the rest and looks almost right although still a bit pointed in the centre - the Mexican wave ones are easily spotted as not Wirkkala but the more properly curved ones may fool some folks. Anyhow, here is my M&S sample vase so Peter (and everyone else) can see what I'm on about. By the way, the vase carried a label stating Made in China.

http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-423


And.... whilst on the subject of bubble vases I found  one with curves in the middle and a flattened-looking pierced bubble - this one is clear and I have no idea who may have made it. It was a charity shop find. Any ideas who or where on this one please?

http://yobunny.org.uk/gallery1/displayimage.php?pos=-429

Anonymous:
Thank you Anne
I hope you didn't do it just for me ...but for the whole of glassdom !!

Thank you very much for your attention to the color to casing join (a much better way of putting it than my clumsy attempts). So that would seem to be another way to distinguish these items from the iitala ones as I originally thought.

The style is after (?) Timo Sarpaneva not Tapio W.
In another thread I beleive Ivo said that Timo's bubbles were NOT pierced.
 
I have recently seen some almost shockingly good Chinese glass. The style looks pure Scandi and the quality I have difficulty in faulting. They even have a polished pontil. So Beware !!! I shall return asap with camera and hope the shop owner is inclined to co-operate.

Peter ....still in A'dam

Anonymous:

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I have recently seen some almost shockingly good Chinese glass.
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Something I pointed out a few months back.... lets hope now that these Chinese glassmakers start applying their talents to something original as I feel culturally they have much to offer.... in glass that it....they dont do so well with chickens.


Gareth


Morgan48

Leni:

--- Quote from: "Anonymous" --- lets hope now that these Chinese glassmakers start applying their talents to something original as I feel culturally they have much to offer....
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I agree, as I have been saying for some time (usually on the Paperweight forum  :roll: ), that Chinese glassmakers are making some great glass these days.  

Sadly, I think the Chinese culture is still not ready to allow the expression of individuality which would enable us to know exactly *who* made a particular item!  :(  :roll:  

Leni

Frank:
It might be a good idea for someone to gather names in the glass world to make a joint representation to the Chinese government to produce identifiable glass. They need to earn export $'s and currently do this mainly based on cost. I am sure that they could be shown the benefits bothe culturally and economically to start to change direction as far as adding indelible markings. If they can at least identify glassworks if not individuals it would be a major progression.

I am not going to volunteer, too much on my plate now, but will happily contribute my name.

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