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Offline chopin-liszt

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Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« on: May 02, 2010, 12:55:14 PM »
I've been meaning to post images of this for ages, recent talk of S&W, who have been suggested as a possible maker, has prompted me.
I bought it some time ago from little antiquey shop in Edinburgh. The two ladies who own it seem to specialise in books and slightly damaged extortionately expensive stuff - with prices reduced accordingly. They seem to me at any rate, to rely on having a good eye for something nice, but they often don't know what it is - a real mish-mash of nice things!

This tazza fortunately has no damage, beyond a few scratches, commensurate with age.

I wanted a piece with raspberry prunts, just to have an example, and I thought this tazza was simply beautiful. I don't mind not having it id'd, but it would be very nice - the icing on the cake-stand.

One tiny gentle tap with a fingernail on the rim resonates for about 10 seconds, beautiful pure, clear tone.
(A harder tap goes on for longer, but is also far more scary - nearly impossible, to do.)


http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/oldglass/tazza2.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/oldglass/tazza3.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/oldglass/tazza4.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b227/chopin-liszt/oldglass/tazza5.jpg

Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2010, 02:44:57 PM »
There's a number of Powell pieces with prunts and 'domed' feet in 'Jacksons' WF's that have a similar look,
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Re: Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2010, 03:36:06 PM »
Hello Sue  -  don't think I can help in a serious way, but thinking the way I do, am always keen to know what evident wear there may be on a piece of glass.    Are there any scratch/knife marks on the upper side  -  is there a 'wear ring' on the underside.    Looks vey shiny unerneath to me.   Might I be correct in thinking more of a comport or cake stand rather than a true 'tazza'  -  and I suppose that getting a good ring is difficult if one bites one's finger nails ;D   Mind you I'm all in favour of meeting old ladies who don't know what they've got.    Anyway, I hope one of the experts is able to help, and sorry I was ubable to contribute anything sensible, but as always....if you like it (and you have the room) keep it.     Were the old ladies not able to suggest anything re origin?   Paul S.


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Re: Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2010, 03:57:18 PM »
I had to get a magnifying glass out, but yes Paul, there is considerable age-related wear on the very, very, very slim section of the base it actually stands on. There are some scratches on the surface concordant with age/use.
It is absolutely NOT a "comport" (sphthththitttt) - I detest that word, and refuse to have it in the house. I even hate typing it.
It is a tazza as it is mine. :P
I bought it to keep it in the first place. I think it's lovely and a nice example of whatever-it-is to have.

They are not old ladies, it's a small shop, and they have everything from ancient chinese porcelain, Majolica, old glasses, marbles, wasptraps, friggers, Staffordshirey stuff, cutlery, comic books......

I had never even considered Powell, Keith. Will go trawl the book.........
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2010, 05:09:45 PM »
glad to see that I was immensly helpful to you then, Sue ;D ;D ;D


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Re: Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2010, 05:51:23 PM »
The Oxford dictionary of tazza is a saucer-shaped cup on a foot. A comport (noun)/compote (meaning 2) is a bowl-shaped dessert dish with a stem. So as Sue's is more saucer than bowl... (I have to keep her sweet, she's a real-life friend  ;)  :24: )


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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2010, 06:38:05 PM »
oh, I see - and I'm just virtual then....    huh - thats the last time I come to your defence. (only joking of course ;)


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Re: Lovely old Tazza. Any info. gratefully recieved.
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2010, 07:21:25 PM »
We were virtually friends first Christine, weren't we?   :kissy:

I have trawled the Jackson WF book, and though I did see some domed bases, I really think that Powell is unlikely - the Powell I've seen and dribbled near is far more delicate and more finely made than this, (which is not to say this is not beautifully made, it is. Just not to Powell standard.  :cry:)
Cheers, Sue (M)

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