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Author Topic: whitefriars expert needed ID: Pairpoint swan?  (Read 1850 times)

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Offline RAY

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whitefriars expert needed ID: Pairpoint swan?
« on: October 04, 2005, 05:42:45 PM »
i have purchased what i think is a rare whitefriars opal glass swan, it measures just under 8.5" high, i think it was Patrick Hogan that said he saw in Frank hill's work note's in the Museum of London that he made two opal glass swan's in 1945.

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2005, 09:01:34 AM »
Hi Ray, I am not an expert, but believe that is is not a Whitefriars swan.  Although it's a very similar shape, the graceful lines of the head and neck are almost identical, but Whitefriars swans have much more detail i.e. there is a a "bump" above the beak and the wings are more defined by a wave like shape going towards the tail.  On your example there is no definition in this area.  It is a very elegant piece though, but afraid I cannot put a makers name to it as swans are generally not my thing.  I am sure you'll get other opinions which may help.

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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2005, 03:14:27 PM »
I'd agree with Emmi Ray.  Your swan isn't quite right.   :(

The head is the most similar part to a WF swan, but the body looks wrong to me.  The base looks a little wide, and it's too defined in the 'well' - too hollow.  My WF swan has a marked hump internally, and it's 'well' is fairly shallow.

The definition along the body aren't right either to my mind.  Of course, I suppose it this swan was made by a different glassblower, it might have adopted a slightly different style, but you'd have to ask someone who's seen the opal ones.   :?
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2005, 11:40:58 AM »
Hi, It was Vidfletch that first identified these Swans as Pairpoint ( an American company)........  It was the center of much discussion on the forum about 2 years ago.....  
 Frank Hill made probably the most eligant of all swans. I am not sure when they were first introduced but they first appeared in the 1938 catalogue.
The two Opal ones that I saw in his workbook were probably a special request by a retailer.   Regards Patrick

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2005, 10:21:11 PM »
I believe these Swans are made from clambroth glass. Some items of this strange color are quite scarce sought after by collectors, no matter who made the item.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2005, 10:32:35 PM »
I agree with Peter in that it looks like clambroth to me. Clambroth actually refers to the color and for those who don't like seafood and have never opened a can of clams and seen the milky broth a better way to describe it would be akin to skim milk. I have seen pressed items in clambroth but never anything done by hand as the swan appears to be. Terry


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