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Mdina 12" Bark vase, Interesting label

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Anne:
Label looks like a retailer label perhaps?

Andy:
Thanks all,
I presume it was the retail outlet they used in the capital, Valetta.
Coincidentally, ive just noticed Mdina glass was at Ta ' Qali in Malta and doing a bit of
googling, i realise in 1993 , i was at the small countries olympic games with my sister who worked for Mars,
a sponsor of these games, and went to the National stadium in Ta qali, a stones throw from Mdina glass,
but at that time, i was not aware of their existence !
Small world
Andy
 ;D

glassobsessed:

--- Quote from: Andy on October 30, 2009, 01:58:44 PM ---ps a good tip, needed a good clean inside and out, i covered the label with a waterproof elastoplast ;D

--- End quote ---

Sounds like a good idea but only if none of the sticky part touched the label. This or using selotape could be a no-no for paper labels, especially if left on for long periods of time. As well as the glue damaging the label if removed the glue is usually acidic and will turn paper brown or worse. You can get acid free tape but it is still a potentially risky process as it may not be reversible.

Apologies for ranting on and on.

John

Andy:
John,
youre right, it was a large piece , nothing sticky touching the label, and i tried to avoid getting the
base wet anyway. I wouldnt have immersed it in water!
Andy

MarkHill:
Nice piece. I haven't seen one in this colourway before. The typical blue/green is much more common in this shape, but as they were a studio glass company there's (probably) no end to variations. Yes, the label is indeed for a retailer. Mdina Glass supplied a small number of retailers/gift shops on Malta, most being in Valletta. I need to check my notes, but there was one company, Malta Industries, set up by an English guy called Strickland who distributed and sold quite a bit of their stock. They're likely to have had labels made as they were large enough. I've also been told that the Boffo brothers produced small animals and other whimsical pieces for sale at a shop in Valletta.
There appear to have been three moulds used for these textured vases, each of which were made by 'gathering on the post', ie; using a gather that becomes the neck/rim as a core piece, over which the glass that becomes the body is gathered. The three moulds comprise; the one used for this shape, the one used for the smaller vases with a cylindrical open collar neck (the width and depth of the body is smaller), and finally a larger rectangular form that seems to be much rarer than the previous two. An example is for sale on eBay now (item 250522020567) and can also be seen on p40 of my book.
Best,
Mark

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