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Author Topic: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?  (Read 1279 times)

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Offline chopin-liszt

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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2018, 05:46:53 PM »
It's a Mdina "Chinese bowl". That's the official name for these bowls with those three clear looped straps around them.
It's 5.5" diameter and 4.75" tall.


You are correct. The cobalt is a little deeper than royal blue, (more black) but less Quink-y than navy (less purple).
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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2018, 05:30:41 AM »


“You are correct. The cobalt is a little deeper than royal blue, (more black) but less Quink-y than navy (less purple).”

And the cobalt is perhaps a bit more vibrant ?
Thanks for posting the pic  :)

Scott

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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #22 on: April 12, 2019, 08:40:18 AM »
Thought i could add a picture or two of my bowl which is a similar size maybe not quite as early as the one pictured at the start of this thread, More traditional color's with some nice swirling present the base has been polished flat and is slightly irregular.  13.5 cm x 7.5 cm

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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2019, 12:51:39 PM »
That is fabulous. I'm rather jealous. I wouldn't rule out Harris as the maker.  ;)
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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #24 on: April 12, 2019, 06:05:01 PM »
 :) WOW that's really interesting and good that your impressed by the piece thanks very much for your input once again  :)

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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2019, 06:55:07 PM »
There is a lot of rather well executed silver deposit on the outside - along with delicate trails that look a bit like comets.
This was something that originally happened by accident. When the silver salts are heated, they separate from the chloride or nitrate ion and some silver gas gets created in the hot metal. If the hot glass comes away from the iron, some of that gas escapes and gets deposited on the outside of the piece.
Because it was so attractive, they started doing it on purpose - but not everybody there could manage it. Michael Harris could do it really, really nicely and eventually so could Boffo and both Said brothers, (Paul and Joseph) but theirs was often a bit splodgier than Michael's.

I have not yet found out exactly who could do it or who couldn't.

They eventually gave up trying to do it.   :)

Incidentally, when you find an electric-blue haze inside a casing on Mdina, that is from silver ions/gas that got distributed throughout the metal. (rather than deposited on the outside.)
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Re: Could this be an early Mdina bowl ?
« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2019, 05:55:03 PM »

Hi legsy

Great bowl, striking colours - makes mine look positively dull  :o  :)

Scott

 

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