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Glass Paperweights / MOVED: Is this house a paperweight?
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 11:35:52 PM »
Glass / Re: Is this house a paperweight?
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 11:35:42 PM »
Is it hollow? If so it may be a candy container. If it's solid it's just a decorative piece.I'll move this over to Glass as it's not really a paperweight as such.
Glass / Re: Monart bowl?
« Last post by Anne on Yesterday at 11:00:50 PM »
It's a fascinating book Andy, I am very fortunate to have been gifted one. I don't have any Ysart glass to go with it (yet!) though.
Glass / Re: Georgian, Victorian punch cup or something else?.
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday at 08:50:30 PM »
very nice - tho personally I consider it's unfair that we mere mortals have to compete with those who get to rummage around out the back of charity shops. ;)          Having said that I have persuaded some of the ladies to put fountain pens by for when I visit - suspect it's just the handsomeness that appeals ;D

I did a dry January last year, and managed to get thru until the evening of the 31st, but didn't feel as tho I'd cheated by weakening over those last few hours, and have taken the plunge again for this month, but when the evening meal comes round irritation and tetchiness sets in.           At the moment I could murder a Barley Gold beer, or a large dry white wine - and I do miss Scotch in the coffee! :'(
Have to say that I haven't felt remotely any better health for not drinking
Glass / Is this house a paperweight?
« Last post by thewingedsphinx on Yesterday at 08:39:41 PM »
Hi, I'd be grateful if anyone can identify the maker and year of this pressed? Glass house.
I think it's a paper weight but not sure as it maybe just a novelty?
It's unmarked.

Thanks a lot Mike
Glass / Re: Georgian, Victorian punch cup or something else?.
« Last post by brucebanner on Yesterday at 08:02:43 PM »
Got myself a pint one now, in good order, hurry up dry January!.

It measures 6 1/4 inches in height with a rim diameter of 4 1/2 inches.
Glass / Re: Monart bowl?
« Last post by Paul S. on Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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.

British & Irish Glass / Re: British-Made "Verlys" and "Hanots" glassware
« Last post by chopin-liszt on Yesterday at 01:13:15 PM »
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 Yesterday 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. ;)
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