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Offline Mike M

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« on: November 04, 2006, 02:08:08 PM »
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3983

Please, please can anyone help identify this great bowl?

No signature of markings at all.

Green light weight glass about 8 inches across, moulded not blow.

Enamelled with 21 different bugs and bubbles

Exceptional quality enamelling

Looks old - I'd guess 1900s - looks bohemian

So I'm guessing Harrach, Moser or Heckert, but I could just as easily be wrong!

Cheers

Mike

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2006, 03:46:58 PM »
Stuart produced a cocktail set with gruesome-looking spiders in 1935 - illustrated in McConnell, Miller's 20th Century Glass, p241. A single glass sold recently on e-bay for £33 (McConnell suggests £350 for the set). And they did produce enamelware in a similar shade of green - eg the flowered pot illustrated in this Cambridge Glass Fair feature: http://www.cambridgeglassfair.com/exhibitions/pastexhibitions/2006-02-stuart.htm. Their chief designer Ludwig Kny came from a family of Czech glassmakers, which would account for the similarity to Bohemian enamelware.

But all the pieces I've seen have had "Stuart England" etched on the base. And your bugs seem a little more naturalistic and less cartoon-like than the Stuart spiders.

Stop press - just went to search for the spider glass on e-bay and discovered a cocktail shaker in the same pattern, but without the Stuart attribution, which went for only £10.50 - dammit: 160041380023. Note to self: must revise my search terms!
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2006, 10:26:41 PM »
Hi

thanks for the suggestion but its a definite 'no' to Staurt.

The quality of the glass is way below that of Stuart (or for that matter Webb Corbett) - and the quality of the enamelling is way way above that of the British enamellers

Nor do I think it is French: Delvaux, Sevres and Baccarat all did  enamelling closer to this style, but again they used better quality glass and were not as creative enamellers at this -21 different bugs!

Please does anyone else have any ideas?

Mike

PS you are right about that Stuart enamel spider decanter how did that one get away at £10.50. They usualy sell from £300-£500.

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2006, 10:29:51 PM »
I have a vase with similar enamelling..

http://www.glasshound.com/Bohemian_glass_vase_insects_299.html

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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2006, 10:45:01 PM »
Indeed you do

Many thanks

I'd say its definitely the same style and origin -even the same bugs

I'm glad we agree on date and country

All we need now is a name for a maker -anyone?

thanks again

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