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Offline BJB

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Wierd Mdina pale purple vase with Maltese cross or is it?
« on: May 23, 2006, 09:24:19 AM »
Hi All,

Have now started on the top of the kitchen cupboards, oh what a fun life I lead  :lol: , and found this thing pushed right to the back.

Its very pale purple with green snot like decoration in drips and speckles on the front and down the side. The base has been ground flat with a D shaped hole in the middle, where I presume the pontil rod was.

It has a Maltese cross impressed on the front, and I wondered if it is an early piece from the 1970's as there is a lot of wear to the base, but I can't remember seeing anything in this colour. May be a trial piece?

http://i4.tinypic.com/10gbvp0.jpg

http://i4.tinypic.com/10gbvup.jpg

The top is flaired, not that you could tell very well from the photo's, and yes I do chop heads off family pics  :oops: , and has some elongated bubbles in it.

Barbara


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Wierd Mdina pale purple vase with Maltese cross or is it?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2006, 09:41:32 AM »
:D  :D  :D
Hi Barbara, It's lovely, early Mdina!
Cheers, Sue (M)

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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2006, 12:47:22 PM »
Hi Sue,

many thanks for that. It is such an unusual colour for Mdina, very subtle, apart from the "sneeze" decoration  :lol:

Do you think it may be a Michael Harris piece? And date?

Thanks in advance,

Barbara


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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2006, 06:12:50 PM »
:D:D:D

Hi Barbara, The info. I have about this is all straight out of Lesley Jackson. Amethyst is an early colour - (it is an unusual shade, isn't it?), and if you look in the marks section at the back it says that between 1969 and 1972, sometimes this Maltese Cross prunt was used.

I would not have a clue if Michael Harris made this carafe or not, sorry!

Sometimes, with these more simple shapes, I get a feeling about a piece, that it might be, but only when I can see it "in vitro" and handle it. It's something about the way the hot glass has been worked, I think Peter paradisetrader summed it up when he said Michael Harris had an intimacy with the movement of the glass, that he worked with it rather than trying to impose upon it. (B. Cartland moment over!)
Cheers, Sue (M)

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2006, 08:31:41 PM »
Hi Sue,

Thankyou for the info, I don't know anything about  Mdina or Michael Harris apart from the few bits I've read and the couple of early IOW bits I had , but with all the bubbles in the neck, it may not have been up to his standard of work, but the splatter decoration is rather unusual so it may have been  :? . But with it not being signed ........ oh it is confusing :shock:

Barbara


 

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