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Glass / Re: Mystery Pospichal vase
« Last post by starlightroad on March 24, 2017, 04:04:26 PM »
That's the information I found, but I posted a picture of it instead of a URL, which is what I ought to have done... [The mention of Canada intrigues me, being that I found this vase in Canada.]
Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by Vitreo94 on March 24, 2017, 03:51:15 PM »
Oh of course, in all honesty ID's on pieces like this can really only be absolutely confirmed by one man and sadly he is no longer with us! Indeed, I have used this board many times over the years gaining snippets of information and gaining more knowledge on the subject, but I agree, difference in experience will lead to differing oppinion.

I was slightly surprised when he told me, I associated broken pontils mainly with early IOW which is what i expected him to tell me it was. Elizabeth was next to him at the time and appeared to nod in agreement with the Mdina verdict but nevertheless either way its a wonderful piece of glass and my father won't part with it!

That is a real beauty, stunning piece, very jealous! He ID'd an early trial tricorn bowl which my Dad purchased from Ron, much wider opening than the conventional ones, even some pull marks where MH was trying out something but the glass had cooled too much!Not sure of the dating of it but i'd imagine 69 or thereabouts  ;D
Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on March 24, 2017, 03:34:30 PM »
 ;D Whew!
I'm very glad you enjoy the debate too and can see that opinions are just opinions.
We all have our experience to draw on, but our experiences are all unique to us and can lead to differences in opinion.
They are all worth airing, and absolutely none of them are worth falling out over.

I am very confused by Tim's saying this was a way his Dad used of finishing things off, but I'm not doubting he said it to you.
He also told me a piece I have was made at Mdina in '68, but Elizabeth confirmed it too, it's a really tiny Fish, with two sets of wing casings and several colours. The piece itself is absolutely right. But I'd be open to discovering it was really made in '69.  ;D
Glass / Re: Mystery Pospichal vase
« Last post by flying free on March 24, 2017, 03:33:00 PM »
Should show a picture here and a google translate of a newpaper article:

And a little from a CV history here:
Translated a little of it and it reads as follows:-
'He apprenticed as a glass cutter, studied at the vocational glass school in Nový Bor and later at art school in Belgium, in Zelezny Brod and the Faculty of Education of Charles University in Prague. From 1945 he worked as a teacher at the glass school in Nový Bor. He wrote several books on glass technology, manufacturing experience in glass and glass refining. Some of its practices in technology, working with glass have been patented (pantografie). As a glass expert worked in France, Canada and Tunisia.'
With the two other examples shown, and one of those being within a catalogue, I am happy to add a Barolac ID on this and move it to the "Bohemian & Czech..." folder.
Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by Vitreo94 on March 24, 2017, 02:59:12 PM »
I understand what you're saying and of course credit where its due he did indeed say he remembered making them. But though Timothy would have been a child (being a child if anything sometimes means remembering more, believe me!), he along with both Jonathan and Elizabeth Harris are likely to be the only 3 people alive with as much experience at Michael's work and methods as anyone.

The fact that Tim handled the piece and looked over it, something pictures can sometimes not convey. Describing each process that was gone through as though he'd made it himself. I'm sure that the Harris family have all manner of Michael's pieces both unique and never seen before that we would perhaps reject being MH's work. Just because its not been seen before doesn't make it not MH, but that fact Tim told me this was a method he used on early early pieces means he must have? surely?

On the contrary Sue, I like a debate and about glass, well its more exciting! Until I see another one as apparently there were alot of them made I gather from Colin's quote. Which after scouring the internet I see no Alum Bay with this colourway or indeed shape anywhere. Then I will stick with Timothy's ID of very Early Mdina.

I too over the years have handled many pieces of Mdina both early trial and modern. While my father collects it I deal in it and other 20th century glass and have done so since the age of about 5 or 6, I may have even sold to your good selves at some point in time! Even to me without Timothy's verdict its Mdina, the thickness of it, the wonky top, the bubbles, the shape, the silver chloride. Whilst early pieces are associated with the infamous cobalt blue, there are plenty early pieces I've seen without it.

But as I say, until im shown another or indeed an Alum Bay piece with the same colourway and finish, Mdina is what I will stick at.

British & Irish Glass / Re: Monart vase hopefully maybe shape EF?.
« Last post by chopin-liszt on March 24, 2017, 01:31:46 PM »
I'm not good at ages of Monart. :'(
Strathearn was moulded, Monart free-blown. This is a bit wonky, free-blown.
Their annealling ovens were not brilliant and they were working in a draughty wooden shed, they had a lot of trouble controlling the temperatues when cooling, hence a bit of wonky. (and the other Monart problem of turning itself into jig-saws if stored somewhere cold)
Malta Glass / Re: C.1968 Early Mdina Trial/ Experimental Vase
« Last post by chopin-liszt on March 24, 2017, 01:27:18 PM »
I too have a fairly large collection of very early stuff, and I've never seen this way of "finishing-off" done by MH, or on any other bit of early Mdina. I have seen and handled a lot of it over many years.
We seem to be putting a bit of a downer on your excitement. I'm very sorry about that.
British & Irish Glass / Chance paperweight for show.
« Last post by keith on March 24, 2017, 01:23:33 PM »
Not the most exciting pwt I've ever seen but it's my first so woohoo !  :o ;D ;D
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