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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => British & Irish Glass => Topic started by: speckledjim on July 29, 2011, 09:18:30 PM

Title: Unusually large Tortoiseshell vase. ID = Mdina
Post by: speckledjim on July 29, 2011, 09:18:30 PM
I wonder if anyone can confirm this item I have just bought as an Isle of Wight tortoise shell/log vase. The vase is just under 10" high and I have only ever seen 7 and 8 inch high versions of this type. It looks like an IOW peice.

Thanks
Keith
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: Greg. on July 29, 2011, 09:24:48 PM
Hi Keith,

Looks like a Mdina textured bark vase and would date from sometime after 1972. Not sure about the sizes differences...

Hope this helps a little.

Greg
 :)
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: speckledjim on July 29, 2011, 09:32:20 PM
Thanks for that information Greg. I had always (mistakenly it seems) thought that Mdina produced mainy blue vases while IOW produced the brown tortoise shell types. I've still got a lot to learn!

Regards
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: Greg. on July 29, 2011, 09:38:18 PM
Hi Keith,

Produced in blue-green and your tortoiseshell colour. I presume the base is completely flat and polished ?

Greg
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: speckledjim on July 29, 2011, 10:00:49 PM
Yes it is Greg. Looks like you've nailed it. I'm always impressed at the level of expertise on this site - still surprised at the height though.

Many thanks.
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: Greg. on July 29, 2011, 10:05:19 PM
Keith, Here's a pic in the link below of a signed one, albeit slightly smaller!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tall-Mdina-Maltese-Brown-Textured-Glass-Vase-Signed-/120520181899?pt=UK_Art_Glass&hash=item1c0f90088b#ht_1660wt_905

 :)
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: chopin-liszt on July 30, 2011, 10:04:09 AM
This is Mdina "Tortoiseshell" - and an unusually large piece. I have two this size in blues with the yellow silver chloride effects on them. I believe they are post-Harris, but not too long after.
Isle of Wight Studio Glass "Tortoiseshell" is a spiral pattern of streaky browns on a bubbly yellow background - developed from Michael Harris' Mdina "Earthtones" design.
Title: Re: AN UNUSUALLY LARGE ISLE OF WIGHT TORTOISE SHELL VASE?
Post by: speckledjim on August 01, 2011, 09:14:17 PM
Thanks for that Sue. Very useful information. I think I'll look out for those Mdina vases you describe. Any chance of a photo of them please?

Thanks Again
Keith