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Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« on: September 20, 2012, 03:47:07 PM »
Just bought a Caithness vase. At first I thought it was Xanadu but getting home to mark Hill's book I see they never made this shape in that range - page 35 shows a vase same design as this same hieght and with that polished rim, says post Xanadu, trial range only sold in factory shops. This has the blue Caithness sticker but more interesting is the white bar code on the base which looks as if it were a shop piece, unless it is for the factory shop. What do others think - its a beautiful and heavy vase and I got it for a snip.


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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 05:21:55 PM »
I've certainly seen this design, it's lovely and rather more sophisticated than Xanadu!
It's cased, which Xanadu isn't, and the colours are more subtle. It is later.
What's bothering me is I can't remember if the bits I've seen have purple bottoms. I'm positive Christine's got one - and she's got the book, I'm sure she will be able to elaborate a little more than I can.

Superb piece, well done! ;D
Cheers, Sue (M)

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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 09:04:47 PM »
Thanks. Interesting to see the bowl. This would suggest it was a definite range? To add to the confusion, Millers Collectables 2010-11 calls it Xanadu, which as already said I don't think these are. I think they are lovely and not that often seen and similar, but .... It would be great to find out more.

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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2012, 12:43:36 AM »
Would checking the lender, and/or editor credits for that issue of Miller's help at all??

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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2012, 06:34:50 AM »
It's not Xanadu.


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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2012, 08:47:50 AM »
Agree with Christine this is not Xanadu.

Xanadu not cased Sue? There are several layers of glass, it is quite a complex design. Here is a photo of a bit of Xanadu for reference along with a shot of the base where the various layers can be seen (however they were built up).

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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2012, 08:53:43 AM »
I have a bit of Xanadu (hexaganol) same colourway John. I agree that this is not Xanadu. Just shows that despite publications there is still research to be done. I am sure this was a range sold to shops. That is a shop label to base. I might try and contact Mark Hill direct or can anyone suggest an ex Caithness employee on this board?

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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2012, 10:14:43 AM »
I meant Xanadu is not cased in clear glass - it has a surface texture too.
I'm looking at my orange and brown triangular one right now. The strapping is shiney and stands slightly proud of the textured orange background.

This newer and more sophisticated design is definitely a range. Most often seen with clear plastic labels.
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Re: Caithness Vase - Post Xanadu?
« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2012, 10:20:15 AM »
Yes Sue. Mine has plastic label. Seen in Mark Hill's book as 2000s So it is post Xanadu as Mark points out. It is deffinately inspired by it and yes it has a heavy glass casing, in fact the walls are very thick, over 1cm.

Adam

 

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