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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => British & Irish Glass => Topic started by: glassobsessed on December 28, 2012, 01:15:18 PM

Title: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle - ID = Teign Valley Glass
Post by: glassobsessed on December 28, 2012, 01:15:18 PM
I gave this as a gift but it would still be nice to try and identify the maker.

A weighty bit of glass, well made and nicely finished, I assume it resembles a fruit of some sort... The body of the fruit is about 3 inches in diameter (8cm), the stem or stopper is curved and about 4 inches long (10cm). The stopper is not ground to fit and does not give an airtight seal so I guess it was intended to be decorative rather than practical (plus it does not stand 'upright'). The body was snapped off the blowing rod and the resulting mark fire polished, at the opposite end the tip is engraved with what looks like a monogram of HI or perhaps HL (the two letters joined together). The base glass is green and I assume the finish is a metallic oxide of some sort.

Any ideas?

John


Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: chopin-liszt on December 28, 2012, 05:41:33 PM
Hard to tell from just pics, John, but all I can think is of the Randsfjordglas blue and green bubbly Benny pieces which have the partial casing over the grey metallic part... that your metal oxide might be something like the grey stuff used in those... then having gone in a Norwegian direction, could HL be Hadeland?

Nicely made, very attractive thing.  :)
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: flying free on December 29, 2012, 02:13:43 AM
There is a possibility this was made by Teign Valley Glass.  I had two perfume bottles that were similar that stood on their sides (given as presents and stupidly didn't keep one for myself).  One was signed the other not.  They were designed by someone who was from the RCA or something, thought his name began with an H though.  I'll have a think and a trawl in the next few days and see if I can recollect any more info.
Here's a more current version - I'm think it's by them and think th einitials may be the designer's name.
http://www.thewhitelounge.com/shop/catalogue/contemporary-home-accessories/modern-vases-bottles-and-bowls/pod-glass-perfume-bottle.html
m
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: glassobsessed on December 29, 2012, 10:32:32 AM
Thanks Sue, Hadeland use a stylised H, with no L, at least on their labels: http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-3236

m has hit the nail on the head once again (thank you m), TVG appears to be spot on especially considering on their website it states "The original piece in the pod series had a novel metallic glaze": http://www.teignvalleyglass.com/shop/products/Blue_Pod-6-2.html

Excellent, my first pod, not fruit but seed pod I guess. ;D

John
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: chopin-liszt on December 29, 2012, 10:38:24 AM
Wow, well done, flying-free.  ;D
(Again.  ;) Smarty-pants.  :-* )
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: chriscooper on December 29, 2012, 10:52:47 AM
 Ian Hankey ? (turn it round completely)  worked  there I think with Richard Glass and Paul Harris.

Chris
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: glassobsessed on December 29, 2012, 11:19:34 AM
Excellent Chris, thank you. He is not listed in their current staff but does appear to have worked there in the past, looks like he is at Plymouth Uni at present.

John
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: chriscooper on December 29, 2012, 12:13:52 PM
Worth getting in touch with him John, seems he started at Pilkingtons and like you say is now a lecturer at Plymouth but still does a lot of freelance  designing for Teign Valley Studio Glass and Caithness/Dartington too. Definitely looks like IH if you turn it round.

Chris
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: rosieposie on December 29, 2012, 12:26:03 PM
Wow, I have been following this thread as I thought it was such a pretty pefume bottle... well done m and Chris. 
I think I like your version very much John,  it looks really beautiful, true art glass.   :)
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle
Post by: Anne on December 29, 2012, 04:02:51 PM
"Metallic" one here too: http://www.lovelysgallery.co.uk/GlassArtChinaCeramics/teign-valley-glass/index.htm 8)
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle - ID = Teign Valley Glass
Post by: glassobsessed on December 29, 2012, 04:28:47 PM
Metallic but glass. ;D

"Pod series", perhaps there were other shapes made or maybe series only refers to different colours and/or finishes.
Title: Re: 'Strange fruit' perfume bottle - ID = Teign Valley Glass
Post by: flying free on December 30, 2012, 09:12:06 PM
mine were flat wheel like in design ....fab design, the recipients both took  a few minutes to work out how to stand them up and put the stopper in and then realise what they were.  I love them. The two I had were turquoise with that rough finish and a deep cerise pink again with a satin finish.  I just assumed I would find another to buy for myself but haven't come across one yet (apart from online).
They are one of those pieces that has that certain something - they do make perfect and unusual pressies.
m