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Offline carolglass

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He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« on: February 17, 2010, 11:59:51 PM »
Hi from a now wet and humid NZ, enough to make one do unfortunate things I tell you!! anyhow I have recently purchased, after considering for a few months, this lovely vase-which I hope is Mdina. 26.5 cm high with a polished base of 7cm D. Flaired lip and straight sides, the picture of the lip is a fair indication of the colours, reminds me of streaks of agate. Now if it is what I hope it is, could someone please inform me if it is an early or late design and mfg-no signature on the base-which is a little out of focus. Many thanks and its still raining. Carol
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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 01:28:20 AM »
Looks like Mdina to me,as for it's age one of the resident 'Mdina' crew will let you know soon,hot and humid,lucky you,
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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010, 01:55:31 AM »
Hot,humid and raining is horrible weather-still going strong, just waiting for an earthquake doncha know. Yes I am sure some Mdina maven will stumble acros this thread- still have not purchased the Mark Hill book-on my ever growing list. regards Carol
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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 07:22:49 AM »
Most definitely Mdina and part of the Earth Tones range. Post Harris, so perhaps late 1970s/80s


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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 07:58:12 AM »
Many thanks Christine, just needed a ballpark until I can get the Mark Hill book. regards Carol-it's stopped raining and would you believe a fine day tomorrow!!
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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2010, 10:33:25 AM »
Produced post-Harris I believe, but still a Harris design.  :thup:

(you can keep hot and humid - give me cold, wet and dreary before I melt into a greasy puddle in heat and humidity - hope you cope!)
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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 01:30:38 PM »
When you say post Harris, late 70s or 80s, is that why this colour scheme doesn't seem to be in the Michael Hill book, Christine?
I recognise it as a Mdina colour scheme because I have a fish vase in that colour and also the Earthtones colouring is illustrated in Andy McConnell's 20th Century Glass. The vase shown there is very similar to your vase, Carol, except it is cylindrical, doesn't have the neck and lip.
I didn't realise the Mdina signature was only applied after Harris left Mdina (until I did some reading tonight).

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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010, 01:46:31 PM »
Hello Angela!

It is actually illustrated in Mark's book, middle left, p.53, but as the light is coming through it, it looks dark brown and swirly.
I do have a fair few Earthtones pieces made while Michael Harris and the Boffos were still there - they have a mixed batch of base markings - several with round ground or polished pontil marks, which were not done after this period. I do not believe them to be by Michael Harris, though - and the way the pattern is produced is quite distinctive.

Another feature of Harris/Boffo period is the shape of the chalice, although it is un-knopped around the stem, the bowl is a very distinctive flared bell shape.
Afterwards, the sides of the bowls became quite straight, with only the rim flared.

Pics of my early pieces:
(One of them even has a maltese cross prunt mark on it's base - very unusual)

Earthtones.
This bottle is 9.5" tall, a big one, and is not bell-shaped - that's an optical illusion
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/bigearthbottle2-1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/bigearthbottle1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/earthroundgroundbottom-1.jpg
This is big too - 6.5" tall
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/bigroundearth1-1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/bigroundearth2.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/EarthChalice2.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/EarthChalice1-1.jpg
8.25"tall Fish
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/earthfish1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/earthfish2.jpg
Small bottle
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/pruntedearthbottle1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/pruntedearthbottom.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/squatearth1.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/tallsmallearth1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/tallsmallearth2.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/uncuticecutearth1.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/uncuticecutearth2.jpg

In general, Earthtones can be random, or spiralled like this (original thread) piece. When Michael Harris started Isle of Wight Studio Glass, he continued developing the designs he started at Mdina - hence IoWSG Tortoiseshell grew from Mdina Earthtones.

To my knowledge, Mdina still produce this design, along with the original blue and yellow stripey pattern, over 40 years on!
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2010, 01:48:38 PM »
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I didn't realise the Mdina signature was only applied after Harris left Mdina (until I did some reading tonight).

I'm not sure that's true is it Sue?


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Re: He he another Mdina for me-I hope!!!
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2010, 01:52:18 PM »
Hi Angela

Pieces were signed Mdina while Michael Harris was at Mdina as well as after he left. Just because a piece of Mdina doesn't have a signature doesn't mean it was made in the Harris era.  Some sellers seem to make a big deal at the lack of a signature, don't fall for it!

Suzy x

 

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