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Glass Paperweights / Peter Mc dougall weight
« Last post by essi on December 04, 2021, 09:24:43 PM »
Not my usual field of glass collecting. I picked this weight up this afternoon as it looked well put together.
I tried to look for weights that had a concentric ring centre to try and date it, with no luck.
Any ideas as to the year of manufacture?
Thank you,
Glass / Re: Heavily gilded and finely painted mushroom vase
« Last post by chilternhills on December 04, 2021, 08:45:49 PM »
Actually, yes you are correct. There is an abrupt change in the pattern in the position you mention. I had to get a magnifying glass out to take a closer look. Most of it is transfer printed, but there is hand retouching and infilling. Those parts stand out more than the rest and it's deceiving. The pattern does not repeat.
Germany / Re: bark-patterned bulb vase - ID = Ingrid Glas
« Last post by Lustrousstone on December 04, 2021, 08:22:42 PM »
Definitely not a hyacinth vase Nev, despite the many claims that it is
Glass / Re: Heavily gilded and finely painted mushroom vase
« Last post by Ekimp on December 04, 2021, 07:46:39 PM »
Hi, canít help with an attribution but it looks like an interesting piece. An awful look of work if it was all done by hand but I think I can see a seam in the pattern on the stem on your second photograph?

In that photo, if you look at the stem where it is wasted in and come in about a third of the way across from the left, parts of the pattern look to abruptly stop half way through a leaf/flower/stem etc. I think you can trace the line almost vertically most of the way up from the base. I think it might actually split into a Ďví from the bigger flower up, at about a third of the height. Nicely done if so.
Glass / Heavily gilded and finely painted mushroom vase
« Last post by chilternhills on December 04, 2021, 07:05:43 PM »
I found this very unusual and beautiful vase today. It has a heavily gilded rim and is hand-painted in a very fine floral pattern. I looked long and hard at the pattern in case it was printed, but I conclude it's painted. There is no repetition in the pattern and the thickness of the paint varies and is sometimes minutely blobby. The width of the lines is about a fifth of a millimeter - just astonishing. There seems to be a extremely thin, greyish wash over the top of the puce floral decoration, giving a frosted effect. I presume that was done to give some contrast for the decoration.

The vase stands about 11 cm high at the highest point, about 8.5 cm high to the bottom of the rim, 19 cm in diameter across the rim, and the base is 7.7 cm across. The pontil mark has been ground out and is slightly concave. There is a line of gilding around the base, just under 2 mm wide.

It is in very good condition, but at a guess someone in the past tried cleaning it and removed some of the light grey wash over the painting in a small area. Fortunately it is hardly noticeable. The base, along the edges, has a fair amount of wear.

I don't know how old the vase is, but at a guess late 19th century or Art Nouveau. Probably the pattern of the gilding on the rim will be the biggest clue to age.

I have never seen anything like this before. I can't find anything on the Internet either. Can anyone shed more light on the vase, please?

Many thanks.


PS. Sorry about the first picture. It was too dark when I took it and had to adjust it. The colour has blown out somewhat.
I've a funny feeling I read something many years ago about Baccarat developing a mass producing blowing technique machine or something.  I can't remember the detail because it wasn't something I understood particularly well at the time I read it.  Perhaps that spurred them onto producing the molds, in order to make most use of the machines/technique?

Need to look that info up again as it might go some way to explaining why they thought this route of making very expensive molds was a good bet.
Glass / Re: Rare 1840s Baccarat uranium glass becher -show and tell Launay Hautin 1841
« Last post by neilh on December 04, 2021, 05:20:40 PM »
I think early British moulds were made in Birmingham until individual glass houses set up their own moulding departments in the 1840s. Your point about the tax could well explain the limited amount of early English pressed glass. You can see in the design registrations, there was very little relating to glass until late 1846 when it takes off. I also think there was a significant jump in technical ability at the same time allowing for a larger range of items to be made. The first pressed suites seem to come in around the mid 1850s.
Could that lack of glass from England  be because the tax laws inhibited production up to the mid/late 1840s(can't remember the date it was repealed)
I can't think it inhibited production of luxury glass and I feel I've read a recent document that supports this, but it possibly inhibited the production of large quantities of mass production.  Perhaps there was a long tail effect of that and it continued for years after it was repealed.

So, my take of the contemporary to the time report from 1845 I've read is that the French makers ( did the unthinkable in terms of competition?) banded together as a group and commissioned high quality molds to be made, at enormous expense to them.  They produced catalogues to support this effort and then went on to sell those mold made glass items in a hugely and wildly successful way. 
(This is my 'interpretation' of what Neuwirth wrote in Farbenglas 1 page 275, directly from the report from Batka, 1845, pp.878,879)

Which is why I wondered whether they'd sent them in bulk across the channel to be distributed here.
Glass / Re: Rare 1840s Baccarat uranium glass becher -show and tell Launay Hautin 1841
« Last post by neilh on December 04, 2021, 03:40:14 PM »
No, I suspect Molineaux Webb's output was similar to other UK producers. There appears to be no attempt by British glass firms to match the lacy tableware suites seen in Hautin, or the busy designs of early American pressed glass. I think the UK was very conservative and early patterns were largely an extension of Regency patterns for salts, whereas plates showed restrained geometric designs.

I have pondered this - is there a missing bunch of fancy early English pressed glass? If it exists the best place to look for it would be in Neal's 1962 book on early salts. It shows mainly American designs, but some have since been shown to be French or Belgian. I am not aware of any that are suspected to be British. Our salts seem to echo the early shapes but not the fancy designs.

The flow seems to be:
- an early wave of poor quality pressed salts and plates from the USA <1830
- a higher quality response from British factories to these imports
- separate development of early pressed glass in France and nearby c1829 - 1840
- shared mould makers between England and France
- but little sign of glass itself moving back and forth over the channel in this early period

Glass designed AND manufactured pre 1845 is tough to find.
I have about a dozen examples, half British, four French, two American from the early wave of pressed salts.
British & Irish Glass / Re: Richardson's Vitrified Opaline
« Last post by Paul S. on December 04, 2021, 10:35:34 AM »
thanks for the information - much appreciated.

I've already re-sized the pix (one of the few techie things I can do), and they're now 900 x 675 which is a size I can usually post (sometimes it's 675 x 900 or slightly less - depends on whether I'm shooting with the camera oriented to landscape or portrait).
If you feel there's a need then perhaps taking them down to 750 x 500 might possibly improve things, but I've just tried again and the same problems exist.

Will try to send later this morning, and thanks for the offer.

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