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Glass / Re: Monart bowl?
« Last post by Paul S. on Today at 03:54:00 PM »
and I know even less, but must admit much of that material is very desirable - I wouldn't dare start collecting it.

Not sure how they compare in price or availability, but I see that both parts I and II of the Christie's 1997/8 catalogues for the Parkington Collection are currently on Abe Books  ....................   part I is 11.90 and II is 15 - both post free, so good value for money bearing in mind the wide variety of factories shown, plus the addition of p/ws.
Without trying to be exact, there must have been something like 200 plus pieces of Monart in Michael Parkington's collection  -  the pix aren't massive, but the colour reproduction looks good, and many entries include the shape reference.               Also included were Vasart pieces and many of the Scottish p/ws.
Of course you don't get volume of text info. that you would in a book, but for the prices these catalogues are very worthwhile having in view of the other glass included - starting with the early C18 and coming right through to some of Baxter's designs for W/Fs.       I see there was a nice deep amethyst Walsh 'Water Lily, Iris and Bulrush' vase included. ;D
Glass / czech/bohemia??
« Last post by Robban84 on Today at 02:20:10 PM »
14 cm high 9,5 cm wide body.  opaque/white ground then a mix of red orange yellow black and some streaks on bottom is in blue.
looks like a very thin tread is applied like a spiderwebb in bottom and were the yellow vertical stripes goes up.  the vertical stripes are ribbed with trappad air. very glossy finish and smoth.

It's a particularly good shape to show off the opalescent properties.
I think a very battered vase would not be such a good thing.
But this sits nicely on my coffee table, doing different firey things and cheering me up.
Glass / Re: Monart bowl?
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Today at 01:05:43 PM »
Frank Andrews and Ian Turner although Ian's not a member here. ;)
And it's Frank's Ysart site. So is the main one, Scotland's Glass.

You will also find a lot of information, browsing here.

Nigel Benson gave a really interesting lecture at the Edinburgh conference on whether Ysart glass should be considered to be the forerunner of the Studio Glass Movement, the only thing that disqualifies it is being considerably earlier than that, because the birth of the Studio Glass Movement can be accurately pinpointed to the date of the Toledo Lectures.

The Ysarts were working with materials that were rather inferior to those availavle today, they struggled to find coloured enamels during/between the wars and even ended up grinding down celedon glass (that opaque pale green, used in kitchens and bathrooms) and scraping the surfaces of ceramic tiles to obtain some (this is why Vasart glass has duller colours than Monart or Strathearn) and they were working in an old draughty wooden shed, they had real troubles with controling the temperatures of the annealling ovens.
Because of the troubles with the ovens, many bits of glass have since turned themselves into crazed jigsaws. They do still hold together.  Sometimes, damaged bits are well worth having, they're a lot cheaper than undamaged and still display well.

That's just a short potted resume of what I know, but I only flirt around the edges of Ysart glass and might not be overly accurate. My family collects it, so I know it, in terms of seeing it, holding it and discussing it, but I don't collect it myself. I only have two bits. One is a jigsaw. ;)
Glass / Re: Monart bowl?
« Last post by AndyD on Today at 12:56:40 PM »
Hi Anne,

Yes it is, I found a copy on line, can't wait to get it and start reading.
Glass / Re: Georgian dated rummer 1801
« Last post by oldglassman on Today at 12:28:33 PM »
Hi ,
         Sorry been out of the country glass hunting, not a lot to add, it looks early 19th c to me and as said possibly a tavern glass for spirits, if the glass is very thick it may have been meant to be cut as a salt or something like and escaped the cutting dept


Glass / Re: Alsterbro glass
« Last post by Anne E.B. on Today at 09:58:31 AM »
Hi and welcome.  ;)
These have featured before,57991.10.html
I'm not sure if there has been a more recent posting which confirms what it is - Alsterbro or recent Krosno, influenced by Jan Sylvester Drost's original design ???
I'm sure someone will know.
Glass / Re: Sommerso goose
« Last post by MichaelB on Today at 09:34:13 AM »
Yes, indeed, the greenish-yellow parts are uranium glass.  Thanks for your comment.
Glass / Alsterbro glass
« Last post by Mdux on Today at 07:38:08 AM »
Hello, hopefully someone can confirm the maker of this glass vase. I was told it was Polish but I have seen a similar but smaller vase which claims to be Swedish, Alsterbro glass. Also any information about the maker would be useful. The glass stands 20cms high and weighs 1.7kg.
Glass / Re: Sommerso goose
« Last post by Lustrousstone on Today at 07:25:38 AM »
Is the pale green uranium glass? If so, I would be more inclined to Seguso
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