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I think it's one of the hazards of buying at a general antiques fair that you can't return items to the seller, unfortunately. It would be our word against his at this stage. Ironically, we had decided to return to buying glass we could examine before purchase after getting our fingers burnt a couple of times when the online condition reports were somewhat, shall we say, optimistic. I think this might be one of those lessons in caveat emptor and a warning only to buy from reputable dealers, although we'd all love to save some money.  :-[

Can anyone else help with the repair/stabilisation aspect?
Glass / MOVED: John Ditchfield ? face wall plaque
« Last post by Anne on Today at 03:53:31 AM »
Glass / MOVED: help identify vase
« Last post by Anne on Today at 03:31:15 AM »
Glass / Re: Blue Duck
« Last post by carlovision on Today at 02:31:30 AM »
For some reason, even though sfumato does NOT describe those rods, Barbini used the same term sfumato describing them incorrectly at VAMSA and the term sfumato stuck causing confusion. If you search sfumato on Etsy for instance, youíll see a Konstglas piece similar to this duck. Formia has also used that technique on my bird, and V.Nason. Sfumato I learned means a gradual change in color or shading. I think the rods of glass embedded in my duck are called lampwork.

Any other suggestions?
Glass / Eyewinker Tumblers Pressed Glass or Leaded ?
« Last post by yoyo on Today at 12:08:35 AM »

I have a set of these tumblers that I would love to use on a daily basis, but if they are made of leaded glass I will save them for special occasions. 

I cannot find information to verify if these are newer Moser glass or older ones possibly made with leaded crystal.

Thank you.
Take them back if the damage was not pointed out to you.
most dealers would have pointed out the faults before selling them regardless of the price that they were offered at.
Annealing cracks on monart happens and for me itís damage and as such drops the value considerably but others I know arenít concerned about it depends on rarity and your own personal choice.I would look at them and see the damage rather than the beautiful piece of glass.
Not sure about stabilising the faults sorry.
Malta Glass / Re: Lovely Mdina? iridescent turned over rim bowl.
« Last post by Vitreo94 on Yesterday at 08:24:46 PM »
Blue and White Swirls is my suspicion but looking at the base will be instant varification. Made only between 1973-74 they are scarce, rarer than the 'Seaward' pattern. I would expect a flame logo on this but a coachbolt is possible.

If we are correct, quite likely as I'm not aware of anything else remotely like this being made, they are based on the shape of the verdala bowls at Mdina, a fair amount were made. Blue and White swirls was never actually named and is more a decriptive name given to it. Never going into general production it is considered an experimnetal range and in terms of rarity its one of the rarest patterns to find, particulalry in early IoWSG.

This bowl would be worth a fair amount more than the Mdina bowl sadly, IoWSG is exceptionally well collected and I have no issues selling out of pieces just like this. I would absolutely agree with Sue, I'd keep the Mdina in a heartbeat and sell the IoW if that is indeed what it is. It should fetch a higher price and with the ever present demand for early and rare IoW pieces I can't see you having trouble with interest in it. The Mdina will look better and gain value, the IoW will like remain steady and not rise or fall too much.
Husband and I bought our first ever pieces of Monart recently. We were getting back into visiting antiques fairs to hunt for glass after a 20-year period when resources had to be directed elsewhere. In the interim, we bought one piece of contemporary studio art glass every five years.

So we should have been much more cautious about the pair of nine inch tall Monart vases that we were offered at a very reasonable price by a friendly Scottish dealer who had a lot of Ysart glass on his stand. Under the yellow indoor light of a room deep in the bowels of the fair's venue, they appeared to be in good condition. I spotted a string of manufacturing grooves on one, an emerald green bucket vase, but not the extent of them, nor the sheer amount of ash stuck in them. The real disappointment, though, is the sack-shaped vase of the same height and in the same green, but with a dark-toned, everted rim with aventurine inclusions. When we examined it in daylight back at home there were numerous cracks. Some are small, but several around the base and one in the wall are much more significant. Photos below, but please bear in mind that I'm still experimenting with exposure and white balance for glass photography. I've outlined the cracks with a soft water-soluble pencil.

Any thoughts about where and how I can get the cracks stabilised would be gratefully received, as would any observations about the commonness or otherwise of this kind of damage to Monart glassware. I did read the interesting forum discussion in the link below, but some years have passed and there may be additional knowledge about this subject now.,12801.0.html
Malta Glass / Re: Lovely Mdina? iridescent turned over rim bowl.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 07:13:53 PM »
Verdala would be an unusual shape for IoWSG and blue and white swirls is scarce anyway, I too would suspect IoWSG for that, it even looks as if it might have the flame logo on the base.
But if I had both, there's no way I'd part with the Mdina. I'd happily sell the blue and white (to me) lump.
Scandinavian Glass / Re: help identify vase
« Last post by iittalayyz on Yesterday at 07:13:10 PM »
Amazing!  Thank you very much Anne E.B.
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