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Bernard C:
Ruth — Glad you and Peter enjoy my rambling on about Walsh!

As for matching your bowl, you might find it takes a lifetime.   While Pompeian was made in some quantity, I don't find the larger styles and rarer colours easy to acquire in reasonably good condition without faults like damaged or burst bubbles.

Leni took some photographs of my stand at Woking on Monday last and kindly made them available to us all.   If you look on the table in this main image, you will see three Pompeian bowls.   On the extreme left is a large blue unfooted bowl; centre front is the uranium yellow trade sample with the faint company mark that I've discussed in other topics; and just behind it is a uranium green footed bowl, very similar in shape to your own.    To the left of the trade sample is a small candlestick in pink (cased ruby or "cranberry") Pompeian, and slightly further to the left an amethyst bottle vase.    Behind the green bowl you will see a footed trumpet vase and a rare tall candlestick, both also in uranium green Pompeian.

The point I am making is that all genuine Pompeian looks good together whether all one colour or a mixture of colours, as there is a very obvious consistency of design and manufacture throughout the whole range.   I am convinced that it was all made by one master glassblower, but, unlike engraved glass, where we know the surnames of the individual master craftsmen, the factory pattern books do not enlighten us.

I have three suggestions.   Firstly, take Eric's book and a magnifying glass with you when you are looking for the glass, to help you determine whether unmarked examples are Pompeian or not.    Secondly, always examine potential purchases in daylight as artificial light can distort colours, as, for example, at Woking under those dreadful yellow sodium lights.   Thirdly, try to be as flexible as possible in style and colour when choosing other items to complement your lovely bowl.

Of course, Leni's photograph shows a small selection of my stock.   If you or anyone else is interested in any of my glass (I do not collect — it is all for sale), then please email me for details, either directly or via eBay.

Bernard C.  8)

Oh my G, there is my bowl at the bottom, in the middle.

Now how much would you ask for  to sell it to me? What does the base look like? I WANT IT.


Bernard C:
Ruth — If I respond to your lovely last message in any way on this Glass Forum, I will be zapped by Frank and excommunicated by Angela!   So, as I said above, please email me for details, either directly by clicking the email button below this message, or via eBay.

Bernard C.  8)   :lol:

I have never seen any "pompeian" close up but I do know the difference between Empoli, Verre Antique from Gobbe-Hocquemiller (Braine-le-Comte), Art-et-Verre from Lodelinsart (both Belgium), Exbor in Czechslovakia, Skruf in Sweden, Biot in France and Maastricht/ Leerdam in Holland who have all made green bubble glass in the rustic style - and I'm sure there are others in Germany, too. None of the above glow, by the way....

Ruth, I would have attributed your bowl to Empoli but if Bernhard confirms it is Walsh Walsh then Walsh Walsh it is. (phew - I just had to get that phrase out in the open*)  The marked example (while it has to be Walsh Walsh) is almost identical to the Verre Antique line from the 1970s - so confusion is rife.


* saw "league of extraordinary gentlemen" last week in which a cruel scenarist lands Sean Connery with the line "those are peasant settlements"  :P

I am sure my bowl is Walsh, who would bother to copy it and acid stamp the base in this way?

It is not worth enough for anyone to do that.

Even if they did, it is so lovely, good luck to them. It is not only gorgeous but utterly functional.



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