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Offline Roz

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How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« on: February 25, 2007, 03:20:14 PM »
I have treated myself to some additions to my own collection over the last few days.  This three sided obelisk was part of an auction lot, and I rather like it. It's quirky and not my usual taste at all, but it just appeals. It's 19 cms tall, and the glass is mirrored so the two angels appear to be four. The angels are engraved on the back and there are some etched details on the face. The angels appear to be playing a catching game with a halo. It is signed underneath by S A Palmer and there are some very faint etched initials and numbers. I think they are "L L G C 67".

Two questions:  how can I find out more about the maker of this obelisk, and is it worth trying to get the chip on one edge repaired/disguised in some way?
http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-5327

Thanks,

Roz

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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2007, 03:31:22 PM »
Hi,
The pattern looks very similar to a flask vase I have just listed under "all Mdina?".
The colour pattern and shape design is very similar to other pieces designed by Mdina Malta in the 1960/70's. The signiture is not known to me as most would just have the word Mdina on the base in script. Could be a rare one.
Bryn (not Brian)


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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2007, 09:44:24 PM »
Sorry Bryn, I had posted the wrong link to the picture. Your Mdina flask is indeed very much like my newly acquired Mdina vase in colouring. Mine is signed Mdina underneath.

I really would like to know if anyone can enlighten me about the obelisk. Is S A Palmer still alive and working with glass?  ??? I'd like to know if the two angels are meant to represent real people. Is there some symbolism in the fact that the upper angel appears to be unsighted?  :-\ I must consult my symbolism in art book...

Roz


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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2007, 06:40:12 AM »
hi Roz,  wish I could help with the id.. I'd be looking out for more of S Palmer's work. Angels aren't my thing at all but your obelisk is really lovely, congrats!
good luck in your search :)


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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2007, 01:12:17 PM »
Hi Roz, there is a book about glass engraving by Stuart and Sirley Palmer, i wonder if there is any connection? it's called "glass engraving and drill techniques"


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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2007, 10:23:22 PM »
Oh well spotted! Is the book on Amazon? I must check! Where's the smiley for excited?  ;D

Many thanks!


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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2007, 11:06:46 PM »
Amazon Link: Glass Engraving

4 used & new available from £18.25

Top price is £112.35! :o
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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2007, 11:12:29 PM »
Thanks David. I was so excited I went and ordered it! The Amazon blurb is quite encouraging too - refers to Messrs Palmer as amongst the world's top glass engravers. I will keep you posted.


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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2007, 02:32:46 PM »
It must be one helluva book to command such a high price though - interesting to see.
David
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Re: How can I find out more about this obelisk?
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2007, 09:34:57 PM »
Shirley Palmer is still working, contact through Guild of Glass Engravers.
Frank A.
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