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In Focus Archive: November 2009

Whilst updating our Preview Gallery we have chosen to highlight several significant pieces of glass that will be offered for sale by our exhibitors at the next National Glass Fair.

Please find below an archive of the In Focus items of glass associated with our 15 November 2009 glass fair.

The Fitzwilliam Tazza (Circa 1660/65)

The Fitzwilliam Tazza
The Fitzwilliam Tazza
This highly important tazza was discovered by Barrington Haynes in 1948 (along with 8 other examples) in Wentworth Woodhouse Hall.

It was Barrington Haynes opinion that the tazzas most probably came from the Buckingham Glass house in Greenwich and had been in Wentworth Woodhouse since the mid 1600s.

It has only been possible to track down 1 of the other 7 tazzas, which was illustrated in the Glass Circle publication 'Strange And Rare' 1987.

Barrington Haynes was one of the directors of Churchills (the leading glass dealers of the day) and the bulk of his discovery was acquired by them and recorded in their stock books.

This tazza was however passed from the Fitzwilliams (resident at Wentworth Woodhouse Hall until the 1980s) to Lord & Lady Coates and by descent to their daughter Anne Coates - from whom this tazza was acquired.

Consequently the tazza has a complete provenance of ownership from the 1600s. It retains Haynes's label (dated 1948) and is signed on the foot. The tazza is 6cm tall and has a diameter of 18cm.

Please Note: This tazza has now been sold to the Corning Museum of Glass

The Fitzwilliam tazza is only one of many oustanding pieces of glass featured in our 17th & 18th century Preview Gallery.


Okra Cameo

Significant Okra Cameo.
Significant Okra Cameo

This highly collectable glass perfume bottle is an outstanding example of one of the very first cameo pieces to be made by Terri Louise Colledge and Richard Golding.

As an early example of Okra cameo this piece will be highly regarded and extremely important to Okra enthusiasts, as well as collectors of glass by Terri Colledge and Richard Golding.

The vessel was hot blown by Richard Golding and consists of a Chrome Yellow base with various overlays of white and black.

The hand carved cameo decoration depicts Fuchsia flowers in various stages of development (from bud to full flower), as well as a butterfly. In addition, the neck features fringe patterns and fretwork designs.

The bottle is very large and stands 25.5cm (10") tall. This piece is fully signed and dated (2003) by Terri Colledge and Richard Golding.

This Okra cameo is only one of many outstanding pieces of glass featured in our Contemporary Glass Preview Gallery. When visiting the contemporary section of our Preview Gallery you will also find various other examples of glass by Okra, as well as contemporary cameos by other glass artists and makers.




Daum Pate de Verre

Daum Pate de Verre Vase
Daum Pate de Verre Vase

This late 20th century Art Nouveau style vase (Circa 1980) is reminiscent of early pate de verre designs produced by Daum between 1906 and 1914, when renowned pate de verre artist Almeric Walter ran the Daum studio.

When Almeric Walter joined Daum in 1906 it allowed the company to concentrate on producing glass using this method of kiln casting. To this day Daum continue to produce glass using the pate de verre technique.

The manufacturing process for pate de verre begins with the creation of a paste made from combining finely crushed glass and colourants with a binding material (such as gum arabic mixed with water). The glass paste is then painted onto the inner surface of a negative mould. Variation in colour were achieved by painting different areas of the mould with differently coloured pastes. Once the paste had been built up to the desired thickness the mould would have been slowly fired over several hours, fusing the glass together into a solid sculptural form.

This Daum vase is only one of many outstanding pieces of glass featured in our
20th Century Glass Preview Gallery. When visiting the Preview Gallery you will also find various other examples of glass by Daum, as well as Art Nouveau glass by other glassmakers.


Harrach Cameo Drinking Glass
Harrach Cameo Drinking Glass

In Focus: Harrach Cameo Drinking Glass

This fine cameo drinking glass was produced by Harrach in around 1895.

The Harrach glass factory was founded nearly 300 years ago in Harrachov, a small village situated in the mountains of northern Bohemia. The factory was established by Count Harrach in 1712 and it is one of the oldest glass factories still in operation.

Whilst the factory may be limited in size, Harrach glass works has been extremely influential: developing numerous innovative designs and techniques over the years. The factory was also responsible for producing glass blanks that were used by most of the major 19th century Bohemian glass houses: such as Moser, Fritz Heckert and Lobmeyr.

Harrach is also well known for reinterpreting techniques and designs originally produced by Stourbridge manufacturer Stevens & Williams, which is a common common cause of misidentifications amongst glass collectors.

This cameo drinking glass is only one of many outstanding pieces of glass featured in our
19th Century Glass Preview Gallery. When visiting the Preview Gallery you will also find various other examples of glass by different 19th century glassmakers, including Fritz Heckert, Stevens & Williams, Walsh Walsh and Moser.