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Malta Glass / Re: Early Mdina etched signature
« Last post by Marc1976 on Yesterday at 12:54:53 AM »
Sorry, been at work. Here's the paperweight.
Glass / Re: Glass Reference Question
« Last post by KevinH on August 26, 2016, 11:38:17 PM »
From Paul S, Reply #9:
These pieces, with variations on the transfer printed subject matter - middle eastern scenes then later apparently English rural views and floral designs -  can be found elsewhere in the literature (probably Wakefield and certainly Morris), although oddly I didn't see either piece in C.H.,  -  but notice that pieces with identical transfer prints appeared for sale in Part Two of the Parkington Collection at Christie's in April 1998.         I don't know the date of sale of the Manley collection, but wonder if Michael Parkington purchased the exact pieces showing in Manley's book.

The Manley sale was 7/8 July 1986, so Parkinton could well have bought items from that sale.

However ... The Parkington jug / ewer and the Manley one (in his 1981 copyrighted book - 1988 edition ) have very similar but differing print decoration. In the Manley one, the elderly man pointing to his right has his arm well below the branches of the nearby palm. In the Parkington one, the man's arm is set with his hand between the lower two palm branches. Also, the ground around the palm differs in each case and in the Manley one there is a clear row of distant palms behind the elderly man but this feature is not at all obvious in the Parkington one.

The Manley example was also included in the 1968 American "British Glass" book (based on Manley's collection) as Item 251. Again, the "matching" goblet is identical in both books covering the Manley items but has a differing print from the Parkington example.

Incidentally, in the earlier American book, Manley's descriptions simply stated "c.1850". So it was after 1968 that he found evidence of the registration date.

Wakefield, Nineteenth Century British Glass, revised edition 1982, page 67 ref 59 shows a jug with the same shape but with a third differing print to the Manley & Parkington examples. The print is of the same general scene - elderly man and others at a well (?) with palms but details differ. It is described as "White opaline ... monochrome sepia painting. ... about 1850. Victoria and Albert Museum."

Also in Wakefield ... page 66 ref 58 shows a jug of the 42634 / 52328 shape. It is described as "White opaline ... about 1850", but it has an attractive band of foliage top and bottom of a wavy trellis-style band ... which is gilded, not printed (or "sepia painted"). Provenance to "Stourbridge Glass Collection".

Design 52328
And page 72 ref 67 in Wakefield. "Jug ... clear colorless glass with painted decoration ... registration mark for 1848. Victoria and Albert Museum." The decoration is all around the body depicting a flower and leaf display much like the one shown in the actual registration document.
Malta Glass / Re: MDG Dog with label - A question
« Last post by Della on August 26, 2016, 09:34:57 PM »

Thank you all, such helpful information, WhatHo! Sue, you made me chuckle  ;D And, Patrick, I would hit the same button too, Christine is such a logical thinker!  :P  Would love to see a photo of yours, if you can find him. ;D
Malta Glass / Re: MDG Dog with label - A question
« Last post by Patrick on August 26, 2016, 09:23:53 PM »
Hi Christine,

If the forum had a 'like' button .........I would certainly use it on your comment.
Glass / Re: Molded Glass Lamp Base - similar to Lalique
« Last post by Baxter on August 26, 2016, 08:52:23 PM »
Hi Paul,
I didn't explain myself correctly, this is a glass lamp base, such as one would stand on a sideboard or dresser, (there is no lampshade on it currently), so the light unit would have two bulbs one up in the shade and one pointing down into the glass lamp base.
Glass / Re: Molded Glass Lamp Base - similar to Lalique
« Last post by Paul S. on August 26, 2016, 08:44:08 PM »
wouldn't that be a normal method of illuminating a shade such as this  i.e. using a bulb within the glass shade?? ;D
but agree it does look attractive and would be great with a slightly lemony or pink light.                 I've just realized that the base is closed off, but imagine there's no other way of illuminating other than an internal bulb.              The wiring looks pre 1950s.

Didn't we have something here with roses on it the other day - I forget now.?                Sorry can't help with an attribution.
Glass / Re: Vase signed G.S.F. - American?
« Last post by Paul S. on August 26, 2016, 08:38:48 PM »
I did wonder about some sort of resist being applied - the pattern being incised through that  -  and then given an acid dip........   but clueless really, just guessing.               Perhaps now that Anton has the piece in his hands he can make a better judgement.
Glass / Re: Glass Reference Question
« Last post by Paul S. on August 26, 2016, 08:34:20 PM »
I think you'd know a lot me than me m as to whether this type of material can legitimately called opaline. :)               For me, the frustration is not knowing what exactly was being Registered, and as I say, that information might only be sourced from the factory records.

This type of decorative illustration was definitely transfer printed, but I'm not so sure about those depicting Greek and Roman stylized figures - often shown in a sort of terracotta or cream colour.              I can post those if of interest.

There is also another very well know surface decoration shown in Manley  -  the 'vermicelli or vermicular' decoration - it's the thread/worm like never ending wiggley line.   It appears on at least two different shapes, one of them having the rope twist handle that Manley shows.

I don't really know that there is the interest so much in some of these things  -  mostly interest is in pieces we can find - and I'd imagine that most of these very early pieces are now as rare as hen's teeth :)
Glass / Molded Glass Lamp Base - similar to Lalique
« Last post by Baxter on August 26, 2016, 07:42:27 PM »

I'm trying to identify this lamp I've just brought. It looks similar to Lalique/Jobling, but there is no name or other markings I can find on it  It is especially nice because the lamp has a bulb within the lamp to illuminate it from within.

many thanks.

Glass / Re: Vase signed G.S.F. - American?
« Last post by flying free on August 26, 2016, 07:26:26 PM »
I'm with either an I or an S and leaning mostly towards an s having looked extensively through scripts for long periods recently and a few months ago.

I think Alisha mentioned that it might be Acid Cut back.  I think it might be possible that a pattern was put on the vase and then acid cut back and that might explain why the rim is patterned.
It might also be that the rims were supposed to have a metal rim on top hence it not mattering whether they had the pattern continuation or not.
Is the rim firepolished on this one Anton?
And I forgot to check - does the base have a large polished pontil mark?

Paul, thanks for adding the comments on the vase I linked to from the States.  I didn't bother reading the blurb but only added it because it seemed to have pics of all the 'details' we've been discussing.


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