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Author Topic: Mother of Pearl vase [not American MOP].  (Read 1291 times)

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Offline Glassyone

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Mother of Pearl vase [not American MOP].
« on: November 30, 2005, 03:43:32 AM »
Is this vase  Bohemian or  English or something that I have not thought of??
It is  21 cm high, with a white inner, with spiral ribbed pattern which is barely noticeable from looking at the outside and elongated air bubbles on one side only. The casing has a lovely iridescence, which is very subtle and blue/pink. I am confident that it is antique. It's is hard to photograph well.
The green decoration took a lot of time to clean most of the grime from underneath it and, sadly I think that it has been chipped in one place and ground over.

After much searching, which did not produce much information, I came across this one, which did not look like any shape that I have seen attributed to Loetz before. It is somewhat angular. the glass and decoration is very similar is  to mine, in colour and finish but the whole thing appears more controlled.

There are some terrific sites featuring Loetz, Bohemian and Czech Glass but if anyone knows something about antique MOP, I would be grateful for some information about it .    
Regards Ruth

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Offline Bernard C

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Mother of Pearl vase [not American MOP].
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2005, 05:19:10 AM »
Ruth — Your vase does not look British to me, but I could easily be wrong.

Confused by "MOP"?   The Mt. Washington trade name for air-trap decoration, "Mother-of-Pearl", abbreviated to "MOP", has been turned by some collectors into a generic term for the style.   Other American glassworks called it "Plush" and "Pearl Satin", and English glassworks called it "Nacre de Perle", "Verre de Soie", "Broche", "Sateen", and "Tartan".   See Hajdamach p309 for more details.

Walsh Mother-of-Pearl was a very thin layer of white opal cased in crystal, green, or straw opal and iridised — with no hint of air-trap.   The crystal cased version actually looks like real Mother-of-Pearl.  Walsh also made air-trap glass under the names "Broche" and "Sateen".    You can guess what's coming — I've been waiting over a year for the opportunity — grateful thanks Ruth.  Theoretically Walsh could have combined their Mother-of-Pearl with air-trap, producing what collectors today would term "Walsh Walsh MOP MOP".

Bernard C.  8)
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Offline Glassyone

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Mother of Pearl vase [not American MOP].
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2005, 06:05:10 AM »
That would be Walsh Walsh MOP MOP YUM YUM.

I saw your MOP and liked the photos and format.
This vase is a mongrel. It has elongated bubbles in a spiral pattern round one side and not the other. It looks like real MOP. No pearls in it tho'.

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