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Author Topic: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, ID = Phoenician Glassware  (Read 3910 times)

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Dear glass collectors, I am a beginner so please forgive me any mistake I may perform (and also I am not a native English speaker).
I put a pic of a small irisendant vase I found on a charity market a few months ago here in Vienna. It stands 18cm high and has an oval shape. It is marked on the bottom but I cannot read it - see 2. pic.
Thanks in advance for any suggestion.
Thank you for your help
Rosemarie, Vienna, Austria

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, please help a beginner
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2016, 03:48:39 PM »
I actually recognise the glass, it is Phoenician, from Malta.
(I've been after one of these for a long time!)
But what I seem to be able to read on the base is Mtarfa. Also Maltese. I'm confused. ;D

Welcome!

Can you try taking another photo of the mark on the base, but rub a little talcum powder over the marks first, to help make them clearer?

I cannot speak any language other than english, so you are already far better than I am. :)

(I've been peering again, perhaps the bit I think says "Mtarfa" says Malta? and there is something above that?)

The talcum powder trick should help!
Cheers, Sue M. (she/her)

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, please help a beginner
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2016, 04:40:53 PM »
Thank you Sue, you helped me a lot, now I could verify that it is "Phenician" and "Malta". As I never heard of this production before, I was not able to read it.

Have a beautiful sunday evening -
from Vienna - Rosemarie (it i very hot here, summer with 30C)


 
I actually recognise the glass, it is Phoenician, from Malta.
(I've been after one of these for a long time!)
But what I seem to be able to read on the base is Mtarfa. Also Maltese. I'm confused. ;D

Welcome!

Can you try taking another photo of the mark on the base, but rub a little talcum powder over the marks first, to help make them clearer?

I cannot speak any language other than english, so you are already far better than I am. :)

(I've been peering again, perhaps the bit I think says "Mtarfa" says Malta? and there is something above that?)

The talcum powder trick should help!
Thank you for your help
Rosemarie, Vienna, Austria

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, please help a beginner
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2016, 07:22:26 PM »
 :)
Wonderful, thanks for the extra images and your trouble taking them.
It is a beautiful little vase. This design/colourway is not common. I don't think Phoenician Glassblowers made many pieces.
The proper full name of the factory is "Phoenician Glassblowers".
Cheers, Sue M. (she/her)

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, please help a beginner
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2016, 09:43:27 PM »
:)
Wonderful, thanks for the extra images and your trouble taking them.
It is a beautiful little vase. This design/colourway is not common. I don't think Phoenician Glassblowers made many pieces.
The proper full name of the factory is "Phoenician Glassblowers".
Thanks a lot - do you have an idea of the time it was made?
Thank you for your help
Rosemarie, Vienna, Austria

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, please help a beginner
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2016, 08:45:26 AM »
Phoenecian Glassblowers was founded by Leonard Mulligan, a friend and working partner of Michael Harris who had originally set up Mdina, but a good bit later.
It's very difficult to find any information about it. It was set up in the '80s, I don't even know if it's still going.
Their website does not work any more, the link takes you to an unrelated blog.

This design has been around for some time, I first saw it several years ago, on ebay and bid on it, but somebody else beat me.  >:( I've been looking for another vase since. A friend of mine here has a paperweight in this design. I can remember the excitement when we found it.

http://lustrousstone.co.uk/cpg/displayimage.php?pid=38
http://lustrousstone.co.uk/cpg/displayimage.php?pid=49

Her pics are dated 2011, and we found it in an antiques market. It's before that.  :) ;)

Cheers, Sue M. (she/her)

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, ID = Phoenician Glassware
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2023, 11:11:08 AM »
Hi Sue, long ago that you were so nice to posted and helped me to identfy my little vase.
Over the last years, my collection chenged to only czech glass after WW2 up to 1989.
So I would with love give this vase away, and if you still like it, you can get it.
Greetings from Vienna
Rosemarie
Thank you for your help
Rosemarie, Vienna, Austria

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, ID = Phoenician Glassware
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2023, 01:21:24 PM »
Thank-you so much for remembering me,  :-* but in the intervening time, I found my own vase - the same as yours. :)
But I do not think you would have any trouble selling it in an internet auction. It is an unusual and lovely piece, and the name is known. As I said before, I was outbid the first time I tried.
You should make enough to buy some of your Czech glass.
You are lucky to be living somewhere good Czech glass is more easily found than it is where I am.  ;D
Cheers, Sue M. (she/her)

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, ID = Phoenician Glassware
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2023, 04:03:40 PM »
Thank you Sue, which platform would you choose to offer this piece?
I'm new in selling, i just used to buy, but have to get rid of too much glass, which doesn't fit in my collection (you know, learning to discriminate is a long  - never ending - process)

Yes, in Austria it is not too difficult to find good czech glass, as we are near and is so pretty.
Cheers Rosemarie
Thank you for your help
Rosemarie, Vienna, Austria

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Re: Identification of an iriscendant glass vase, ID = Phoenician Glassware
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2023, 05:03:23 PM »
I haven't tried to sell myself - I'm useless with technology.
I think ebay is probably still the most used, but they do take a lot of money from you and they insist you join paypal. I stopped using them.
I am in the same boat - I bought a lot while learning and need to get rid of lots.  :-[
Cheers, Sue M. (she/her)

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