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A lot of the factories used fancy names for colours. It was part of their marketing to make things sound more interesting in their catalogues and to distinguish between shades in their recipe books. Who'd buy a brown vase when amber sounds so much nicer?
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Murano & Italy Glass / Re: Is this genuine or fake?
« Last post by ahremck on Today at 06:19:50 AM »
I would be very suspicious about a vase of this type in clear glass being Murano.  Usually they have a coloured layer(s) encased in clear.  It looks far to plain to be Murano.  Possibly a "floating" label has been used to enhance value somewhere in the past.

Ross
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Murano & Italy Glass / I also have flutes made by SC LINE MADE IN ITALY
« Last post by MrsVCV on Today at 04:01:49 AM »
Hello my name is Valerie,

I had inherited these glass champagne flutes form my mother and my father was in the military Air National Guard so he went overseas a lot and he brought these back one year when I was a child and now I have them and I'm curious to see what your glasses look like?
I have emailed the company that a gentleman had provided below and I've asked them if these are really made by them I'm still waiting for an email back so I'm just curious and excited that I found somebody else who has pieces made by this company
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Here's an amber Verlys rose pattern bowl : this one's French production and marked as such.
I've also found an old pick of my 'Les Canards Sauvage' bowl which is just marked 'Verlys' in the mould.

The des Hanots name was certainly in use by 1933 -- the letterhead shown on a scan on the Pressglas-Korrespondenz 1933 catalogue page includes the wording 'Les Verreries D'Art Verlys * Des Hanots'. It's often seen on lighting, but I've also seen a coupe 'Les Raisins', cat. no. 8622 with the Hanots mark.
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Not sure exactly about the Chance connection -- I suspect any link may have started related to Holophane's prismatic shades given Chance's production of lighting, but of course I can't be certain. Verlys rose pattern bowls were certainly also made in the US where they seem to have been  quite popular. Wayne & Carol McPeek's book shows the design on p. 57 and gives production dates of 1935-51. Colours were phased out in around 1940 and colourless frosted pieces are typical of the 1940-51 period of US production.

Regarding marks, early French production is signed in diamond point -- the books often neglect to mention this -- while later pressings are typically moulded 'Verlys France' or 'A. Verlys France'. US production is most commonly marked 'Verlys' in diamond point, but some have a moulded 'Verlys' mark -- with or without an additional diamond point incised mark. A while ago I owned a large 'Les Canards Sauvage' bowl which was found in the UK and which only had a moulded Verlys mark -- I'm wondering where that was made now -- would be very interesting to find it was Chance production.

There is also mention in Baker & Crowe of Chance making 'opalescent glass lighting panels' which are described as similar to those produced by Lalique (p.11). As I recall, the Verlys name in the UK was owned by Walsh Walsh at some point. This may be the firm referred to, but I can't find the source where I read this at the moment. Walsh Walsh of course made their own deco style moulded glass, e.g. the Vesta lighting panels and latterly a range of other pieces using similar techniques. I recall seeing a very French looking mould blown frosted vase decorated with dragonflies and I was very surprised to see it marked Walsh -- I don't think it was a match for a French Verlys pattern though...
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Murano & Italy Glass / Re: Is this genuine or fake?
« Last post by BDG55 on Today at 01:46:06 AM »
This is a Fratelli Toso label. On the bottom it says FLLI, which, as Andrew said, is short for Fratelli which means brothers.
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Hi John,thank you for the info and the links.My only thoughts and this is coming from someone who has only seen Chinese glass in furniture,homeware stores etc is the heavy weight for a relatively small vase and the polished finish on the base which i have not seen before.
Cheers Paul and thanks again John.
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British & Irish Glass / Re: Sowerby Pressed Glass Colours 1875-1885
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 09:57:56 PM »
thanks, that is of course quite correct, and it's easy to see what the word means :)  -  however, what I was querying (and was being less than clear with) was rather how or who - at some point in the late C19, it seems, originated a far more fanciful word for ruby   ...........   was it the factory (unlikely) or any of the authors being discussed - including the Pottery Gazette.
Lattimore says  "which they called rubine."     ....    and similarly Cottle says "a pinker version of ruby was later called Rubine"  all of which suggests strongly that there was a concerted effort to label this particular red glass as rubine  ..............   as opposed to people generally rushing for their dictionary.            Ordinarily, it might be thought that as with other historically made deep red glass, it would just be called ruby - but somewhere along the line someone decided to use this rather fancy definition, and its use seems to have caught on - especially with authors :)   
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British & Irish Glass / Re: Chance spiderweb, another variation ?
« Last post by David E on Yesterday at 09:10:16 PM »
I always think that the smaller ones are dishes, and the larger fruit bowl is, erm, a bowl.
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British & Irish Glass / Re: British-Made "Verlys" and "Hanots" glassware
« Last post by David E on Yesterday at 09:08:17 PM »
Ah well, thanks for looking Sue. Would be nice to see some photos of your examples of Verlys.
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