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Title: Birmingham Museum day out.....interesting pieces?
Post by: keith on May 19, 2010, 05:02:16 PM
Had some spare time last Saturday so popped in the museum and art gallery and took a couple of interesting pictures(with permission) .Before any one asks I contacted them and they have given their blesssing to use these images,so thanks to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery here they are.
    The first is by TC&E Barnes c.1870,a B'ham firm I can find no info' about.
    The second a pair of 'lens' vases by Walsh Walsh,which look nothing like any work I've seen by them,any opinions?
   
Title: Re: Birmingham Museum day out.....interesting pieces?
Post by: Lustrousstone on May 19, 2010, 06:54:53 PM
Wow, will that do!
Title: Re: Birmingham Museum day out.....interesting pieces?
Post by: Bernard C on May 19, 2010, 07:00:03 PM
Keith — Thanks.   Very interesting.

Barnes is new to me as well.   Yet another to add to the list.

The Walsh vases don't surprise me, as they made high quality cameo for a long time.   Sadly very little has been recognised.

Grateful thanks.

Bernard C.  8)
Title: Re: Birmingham Museum day out.....interesting pieces?
Post by: David E on May 20, 2010, 05:14:46 PM
Perhaps this will help. Drawn from www.birmingham.gov.uk (Museum & Art Gallery). I don't have the full URL as I just copied and pasted it over with the attribution.

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Thomas Collier Barnes, a glassblower working for Osler, entered and won the International Workmen's Exhibition in 1870 with his collection of glass vessels. Half of the prize-winning exhibit went to the Royal Collection, and most of the rest he gave to the Birmingham Museum to establish a collection of "glass articles having skill or artistic merit displayed in them". Accordingly, with the co-operation of the South Kensington Museum, the foundation of today's extensive glass collections were laid - which still includes some of Barnes' own work.

So T C Barnes may have set up his own company (TC & E Barnes?), but as the dates of 1870 coincide, it implies that he was employed by Osler at the time.
Title: Re: Birmingham Museum day out.....interesting pieces?
Post by: keith on May 20, 2010, 05:28:25 PM
Thanks David,some of the Osler pieces they have there are amazing,must be nearly two inches thick!