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France / Re: Costebelle Vase and the possible Etling Connection
« Last post by flying free on Yesterday at 11:38:51 PM »
After looking into glass marked 'Costebelle' when researching Legsy's penguin patterned pot (,73414.0.html), I've dug out a small mould-blown opalescent vase or lamp base from my collection in a pattern which has also been seen with the mark 'Costebelle'.

The vase stands approx 13 cm tall by 6 cm in diameter at the base. There is a faint 'Made in France' moulded mark to the underside. This example has no other apparent mark, but a pair of these mounted as lamps were sold on Ebay Fr with clear moulded 'Costebelle' marks. Sadly that listing has since expired, but for now a photo from the listing showing the mark can be found here:

Interestingly, on my vase the area where the Costebelle mark would be has a noticeably rougher texture (last pic. below), possibly suggesting the mark was removed from the mould.

So far I cannot find a great deal about Costebelle. As I noted in the above post, Ivo's book lists a Verreries de Costebelle who specialised in lighting. However, there also appears to be an Etling connection as several lidded boxes in known Etling commission designs are also sometimes seen with the moulded Costebelle mark.

Does anybody know more about Costebelle? Are these opalescent/frosted piees from Verreries de Costebelle or were they made at Choisy-le-Roi as the Etling pieces are believed to have been?


Also, the motif on this vase may be related to that on a lidded box which is also seen sometimes with Etling marks and sometimes with the 'Costebelle' mark: Etling's 274 'Boy and ball' pattern:

Is this piece the same as the one in this link which shows  a perfume atomiser - apparently H19cm though?
Glass / Re: Early 18th century lead glass
« Last post by Ekimp on Yesterday at 09:54:52 PM »
Iím now a bit confused as it seems there are references to single and double flint glasses as though it was a common term well into the 18th century, rather than the differentiation being dropped at the end of the 17th century.

There are contemporary references in the book Irish Glass, an account of glass making in Ireland from the XVI th century to the present day by M.S. Dudley Westropp, available to down load from the Corning Museum: there are references from the Dublin Journal May 24th, 1729 (page 68); advertisements from 1745 (page 143); and Faulkner's Dublin Journal January, 1746 (page 42). The book is quite a large file:

Another single flint glass here, from Christies, c1715:

The Bohnems (c1685) and Christies (c1715) examples look very light with hollow stems.
Glass / Re: Early 18th century lead glass
« Last post by Ekimp on Yesterday at 04:30:00 PM »
I think the more important part of the description is ďsingle flintĒ. Iíve never heard of the term so had a search, if anyone is interested, oldglassman explains the term here:,39291.msg217707.html#msg217707

That suggests that a ďsingle flintĒ glass is likely to be pre 1695, so quite (very?) rare. I thought the stem and foot looked quite like a later 18th century gin glass but know nothing about the really early glasses so canít help. One sold by Bonhams is sort of similar looking:
Glass / Re: Early 18th century lead glass
« Last post by LEGSY on Yesterday at 03:39:45 PM »
According to reputable seller its a Balustroid stem wine glass with a folded conical
foot that's not so common and looks great with that conical bowl lovely little glass
and well worth owning :)
Glass / Re: Two Heavy Comedy / Tragedy Mask Plaques
« Last post by thewingedsphinx on Yesterday at 03:14:41 PM »
Just a guess, could they be jelly moulds or moulds for catering or butter paps or similar?
Glass / Re: Early 18th century lead glass
« Last post by markhig62 on Yesterday at 02:43:21 PM »
Hi - it is lead glass - I was sold it as single flint lead by a very reputable dealer and it shows as lead under UV light. There is a French look to it but I believe early English glasses could also have a very high conical foot and the bowl shape could easily be English. It's just the lack of similar glasses that is confusing me. Thanks for your suggestions - any opinions are of interest. It's 13.5cm high btw.
Glass / Re: Early 18th century lead glass
« Last post by bat20 on Yesterday at 01:26:12 PM »
Maybe worth looking at 18th century French glass,the foot and bowl shape reminds me a bit of their types ?
Glass / Re: Early 18th century lead glass
« Last post by Ekimp on Yesterday at 11:38:53 AM »
Hi, how tall is it please? When you say itís lead glass, is that because it rings nicely when you flick it?
Glass / Re: Signed Mottled Vase
« Last post by niktam on Yesterday at 09:51:44 AM »
Hi Greg,
Wow, that was quick - thank you for giving me a name.  Have had a quick search and that seems spot-on - will have a longer search and find out more.
Many thanks for all your help,
Glass / Re: Signed Mottled Vase
« Last post by Greg. on Yesterday at 09:34:09 AM »
I think it's likely to be Mtarfa.

The Mtarfa signature can be notoriously difficult to read!

Personally, I would just call it a cylinder vase.

Hope this helps a little.
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