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Glass / Re: Baccarat unusual vase any ideas on date?
« Last post by cdm1christopher on July 18, 2018, 09:57:13 PM »
Thanks m been a great help.  I'll definitely have a read.
Yes I had a quick scan and a lot of museum pieces seem to suffer from crizzling interesting.

I had another look at the glass and it's not splinters it's actually aklaine deposits so I'll give it a delicate wash tomorrow.

Well I'm glad it's revived an interest.  Not often you come across pieces like this. 

But I think your original thinking Czech is spot on.  I think can def rule out baccarat.

yes, there were also a huge amount of these more recent iridescent piece on ebay a couple of years ago.
Scandinavian Glass / Re: Bertil Vallien signed Vase
« Last post by SveziaJonas on July 18, 2018, 09:23:21 PM »

The vase is called
Wing, handblown vase design by Kosta Boda Sweden.
It gets in different heights.

I bought this vase a couple of years ago, but have not been able to track it down. Just from the style I would guess at Bohemian and early 20th C.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Glass / Re: Baccarat unusual vase any ideas on date?
« Last post by flying free on July 18, 2018, 08:50:06 PM »
They didn't always know the batch was unstable.
I guess it may have been fine for a good number of years then started to deteriorate.

I can recommend reading the information that Walter Spiegl has online regarding various types of glass.  There is mention within his writings of crizzling in glass and why.

There is also some amazing information out there in books such as Das Bohmische Glas (various Bands) and From Neuwelt to the Whole World for example.
Books can be a great resource depending on when and whom written by of course.

Also do have  read about this wonderful piece of glass from c.1680
There are a small number of versions of this piece, a couple are crizzled the others not as far as I read.
Glass / Re: Baccarat unusual vase any ideas on date?
« Last post by flying free on July 18, 2018, 08:46:27 PM »
 I don't think all Venetian glass breaks down does it?
Glass / Re: Baccarat unusual vase any ideas on date?
« Last post by cdm1christopher on July 18, 2018, 08:21:27 PM »
It's listed as maybe baccarat but no I don't take eBay as a resource for info.  Just interesting to see how designs differ and if not marked how hard it is to actually pin it down. But it does resemble the design in the museum.  Yes the glass will eventually break as does old venetion glass due to the glass mixture being unstable.  But that takes a good 300 to 400 hundred years.  So I think it still has some life in it and I'm sure it will out live me.  Displays beautifully.
Not sure where term sick glass etc comes from?  Surely before they made the pieces they must have known the batch was inconsistent/unstable?  Or was it used to make prototypes not necessarly intended to be sold on?  The reason I'm thinking this is because the more I look at the piece I wonder if it is complete from a decorative point of view.
Anyhow hopefully the museum will get back to me so long as they understand English!!!   Orrefors usually pretty good.
Mdina to be honest does not appeal to me at all just read somewhere that they made a few designs with crizzling effect.  See one somewhere.  Probably eBay ha ha.  Just kidding.
Glass / Re: Heavy light ruby vase, whitefriars / austrian oberglas?
« Last post by flying free on July 18, 2018, 08:02:08 PM »
have you checked out everything you can find on

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Glass / Re: Baccarat unusual vase any ideas on date?
« Last post by flying free on July 18, 2018, 07:53:27 PM »
yes but ebay isn't a primary reference source is it?

That leaf design gilded is also something I have seen on pieces identified as Bohemian in museum glass and also Russian.  I am not sure I have seen it on a definitely French piece but I could be wrong.  I do recall seeing ( what I think might be  French) a deep dark blue opaline leaf shaped dish (on a French antiques auction site) but I cannot remember if it actually had the leaf gilding on it.

And crizzling. Mdina 'crizzled' glass isn't the same thing at all as far as I am aware.  Chopin knows much much more about Mdina than I will ever know so hopefully will be able to explain more about it.
Crizzling caused by sick glass/bad batch cannot be stopped and it means the glass will eventually fall to pieces I think?

I still think yours looks Bohemian by the way it is made, however ... the pineapple stem isn't something I've come across, so who knows, it might be French.

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