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Malta Glass / Re: Lovely Mdina? iridescent turned over rim bowl.
« Last post by Vitreo94 on August 18, 2018, 08:24:46 PM »
Blue and White Swirls is my suspicion but looking at the base will be instant varification. Made only between 1973-74 they are scarce, rarer than the 'Seaward' pattern. I would expect a flame logo on this but a coachbolt is possible.

If we are correct, quite likely as I'm not aware of anything else remotely like this being made, they are based on the shape of the verdala bowls at Mdina, a fair amount were made. Blue and White swirls was never actually named and is more a decriptive name given to it. Never going into general production it is considered an experimnetal range and in terms of rarity its one of the rarest patterns to find, particulalry in early IoWSG.

This bowl would be worth a fair amount more than the Mdina bowl sadly, IoWSG is exceptionally well collected and I have no issues selling out of pieces just like this. I would absolutely agree with Sue, I'd keep the Mdina in a heartbeat and sell the IoW if that is indeed what it is. It should fetch a higher price and with the ever present demand for early and rare IoW pieces I can't see you having trouble with interest in it. The Mdina will look better and gain value, the IoW will like remain steady and not rise or fall too much.
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Husband and I bought our first ever pieces of Monart recently. We were getting back into visiting antiques fairs to hunt for glass after a 20-year period when resources had to be directed elsewhere. In the interim, we bought one piece of contemporary studio art glass every five years.

So we should have been much more cautious about the pair of nine inch tall Monart vases that we were offered at a very reasonable price by a friendly Scottish dealer who had a lot of Ysart glass on his stand. Under the yellow indoor light of a room deep in the bowels of the fair's venue, they appeared to be in good condition. I spotted a string of manufacturing grooves on one, an emerald green bucket vase, but not the extent of them, nor the sheer amount of ash stuck in them. The real disappointment, though, is the sack-shaped vase of the same height and in the same green, but with a dark-toned, everted rim with aventurine inclusions. When we examined it in daylight back at home there were numerous cracks. Some are small, but several around the base and one in the wall are much more significant. Photos below, but please bear in mind that I'm still experimenting with exposure and white balance for glass photography. I've outlined the cracks with a soft water-soluble pencil.

Any thoughts about where and how I can get the cracks stabilised would be gratefully received, as would any observations about the commonness or otherwise of this kind of damage to Monart glassware. I did read the interesting forum discussion in the link below, but some years have passed and there may be additional knowledge about this subject now.

https://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,12801.0.html
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Malta Glass / Re: Lovely Mdina? iridescent turned over rim bowl.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on August 18, 2018, 07:13:53 PM »
Verdala would be an unusual shape for IoWSG and blue and white swirls is scarce anyway, I too would suspect IoWSG for that, it even looks as if it might have the flame logo on the base.
But if I had both, there's no way I'd part with the Mdina. I'd happily sell the blue and white (to me) lump.
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Scandinavian Glass / Re: help identify vase
« Last post by iittalayyz on August 18, 2018, 07:13:10 PM »
Amazing!  Thank you very much Anne E.B.
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Glass / Is this textured cylinder vase Czech?
« Last post by Helen W. on August 18, 2018, 07:03:03 PM »
I've only just begun to read up on mid-century Czech glass, but when I bought this vase recently I knew I'd seen this vertical motif before in Jan Gabrhel's designs. However, I don't know whether he ever designed heavily textured glass of this sort.

The vase has been applied with a thick layer of glass particles, some areas of which are actually pretty abrasive. There are several flecks of some red substance which has seeped between the particles, and which could be ketchup, or could be the blood of a previous owner... :o

The motif is formed by deep circular indentations roughly 30mm in diameter. The rim is smooth and rounded. The base has been ground to make it level, but left unpolished and with some areas of abrasive particles.

Dimensions: weight is 1047g; height 22cm; diameter 8.2cm.

The front view of the vase makes it look as though it's leaning  - it doesn't. And I got the white balance wrong, so the colourless glass looks very grey. I've a lot to learn about this area of photography.

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Malta Glass / Re: Lovely Mdina? iridescent turned over rim bowl.
« Last post by Vitreo94 on August 18, 2018, 06:55:45 PM »
You can still find hidden gems anywhere you care to look! I find people tend to know what mdina is and its rough value but dont have any idea on rarities or pieces of significance therefore thats where i find most 'bargains', having that little extra knowledge goes a long way if you know what you're looking for, so good on you for taking a well rewarded risk with the bowl!

As many will tell you on here price is something very subjective and can differ purely on who wants what at a specific time. I deal in Mdina and Isle of Wight Glass and have a stall full of hundreds of pieces of it and generally speaking bowls like that don't come up too much. Could you take a picture of the blue and white bowl from underneath? I'd be intrested to see what the base looks like.

In terms of value, I can tell you I purchased one in a very early example of Tiger for 40 at the glass fair in Birmingham in February, that was cheap. But online there is/ was one for sale up for over 100 and I doubt it sold for that, if I was selling it id be looking for around 75. But you could chance your luck and see if someone would pay more.

That blue bowl looks remarkably like Isle of Wight in appearance at least, a look at the bottom will quickly tell me if it is or not.

Personally I'm very bias towards Michael Harris era as its what I collect myself, aside from later rarities between 1973-74. If I were you I would keep the bowl. Mdina has alot of interest in it and much to the dismay of us collectors its attracting higher and higher prices and selling too! Its likely to always be worth money becuase of what it is.
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Scandinavian Glass / Re: help identify vase
« Last post by Anne E.B. on August 18, 2018, 06:48:17 PM »
Its signed Bengt Edenfalk for Skruf.
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Glass / Re: Blue Duck
« Last post by luckytom on August 18, 2018, 06:08:56 PM »
OK first the bubbly/feathered effect is by a Murano technique called Sfumato.

However, i believe this is one produced by FM Konstglas Sweden.


Regards
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Glass / Signed Glass Bowl...Millrace?
« Last post by luckytom on August 18, 2018, 05:56:37 PM »
Got this lovely 7 inches diameter studio glass bowl. It looks to be signed Millrace 97. Is this right or another name that looks like Millrace. Only ever seen smallish items by them eg paperweight.


Regards
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Glass / Re: this is not a vase? is it?
« Last post by akastaldi on August 18, 2018, 05:38:08 PM »
hello John
what!!! that's so cute... thanks you so much... I love my watering thing ... ahahah
thanks for your help
a.
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