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Glass Discussion & Research. No ID requests here please. => New Zealand & Australia Glass => Topic started by: swuffy on July 28, 2016, 07:54:56 AM

Title: Iridescent glass vase marked sf Tasmanian ? Australian ? ID = Sean O'Donoghue
Post by: swuffy on July 28, 2016, 07:54:56 AM
Hi all , and thank you in advance .
A little blue / purple and black Iridescent vase I got today in a charity shop  in Tasmania . It is 8 cm high and the based is marked S F I think ? I have tried to research but have come up empty , could it be a local Tasmanian or Australian glass artist or is it something good from overseas ? Cheers
Title: Re: Iridescent glass vase marked sf Tasmanian ? Australian ?
Post by: brewster on July 28, 2016, 11:23:28 AM
Hi. Welcome to the Board. This looks like the work of Sean O'Donoghue of Queensland from around 20 years ago. Your photos are too small to see the detail, especially the signature. You could make the photos four time the area (twice as large both wide and high) and still be under the Board limit of 125kb. You'd need to trim a bit of the unnecessary background out of the base shot first. A better and closer image of the signature would be even more helpful.

Trevor
Title: Re: Iridescent glass vase marked sf Tasmanian ? Australian ?
Post by: ahremck on July 29, 2016, 01:37:59 AM
I agree it is by Sean O'Donohue.  His signature is often hard to interpret.  I am posting a copy of his signature that I know is his.

Ross
Title: Re: Iridescent glass vase marked sf Tasmanian ? Australian ?
Post by: brewster on July 29, 2016, 03:08:28 AM
Sorry Ross, but that signature you have shown says "Ricardo Glass", the mark of artist Richard Lamprecht - not Sean O'Donoghue (note the spelling).

You can see the same signature on the vase in the photos below, which is readily recognisable as the work of Richard Lamprecht. An almost identical item is on ebay at present, offered by a seller who is very knowledgeable about Australian glass, item #231934344141. Further examples of the Ricardo Glass signature may be seen on various paperweights on another collector's website here (http://www.paperweightpassion.com/?page_id=19&wppa-cover=0&wppa-occur=1&wppa-album=80).

Sean O'Donoghue's signature has been quite variable over the time, so I agree there is some uncertainty. That's why I asked for a better photo of the signature on the OP's piece for confirmation. (He has even changed his name, but that's another story!)

Trevor
Title: Re: Iridescent glass vase marked sf Tasmanian ? Australian ?
Post by: swuffy on July 29, 2016, 11:19:15 AM
Thank you Brewster and others, and a really big thanks on the photograph tips . I have managed to get a better one that will show the engraving to base . I think from the pictures I found on the net after your information that it is indeed O'Donoghue , I see his pontil work is almost a replica of the piece I have . And imagine that working overseas and training with prestigious glass makers and then setting up yourself in beautiful Noosa .
Title: Re: Iridescent glass vase marked sf Tasmanian ? Australian ?
Post by: brewster on July 31, 2016, 01:28:26 AM
Yes, that is one version of the Sean O'Donoghue signature.

For future reference, you could make your images clearer by letting them be considerably larger when you upload them. These are around 25kB where the Board limit is 125kB. There are lots of good techie tips on resizing photos here:

http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,34093.0.html

Trevor