The National Glass Collectors Fair

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In Focus: 7 May 2017

Whilst updating the Preview Gallery for our May 2017 National Glass Fair we chose to highlight various significant pieces of glass that were offered for sale on the day of the fair.


18th Century Drinking Glasses

A group of 18th Century drinking glasses from a previously unseen private collection: consisting of around 45 "investment quality" specimens.
A group of 18th Century drinking glasses from a previously unseen private collection: consisting of around 45 "investment quality" specimens.

The eight glasses pictured above vary in date: from around 1715 to 1765, which was arguably the golden era of glassmaking in Britain.

This selection also includes glasses from Ireland: including a heavy baluster, which may seem fairly ordinary but has the rarer true baluster knop at its base. The third glass from the left is another Irish cordial, which features a rare form of air twist stem. Finally there is a superb four sided moulded pedestal goblet, with a large delicate bowl with very distinct striae.

The opaque twist composite goblet is an un-engraved example, the likes of which have been used by the great stipple engravers. This one shows reassuring run of tooling marks very clearly on the foot. 

The blue colour twist has a less common bucket bowl, with a well executed and distinct stem - possibly manufactured in Bristol. 

The engraved heavy baluster is thought to be Scottish in origin, with a sister glass in the Museum of London (Garton Collection bequeathed in 1943).

Seventh from the left is a fine Newcastle light baluster, chosen for its symmetrical stem and rarer folded foot.

Last but not least is a good balustroid Jacobite glass, with an old collectors label underneath. This type of glass is well documented by Geoffrey Seddon, with a full page photograph in his book.

All examples in the collection have been carefully selected and are not "stock". These glasses and the others in the collection highlight the importance of balance and symmetry when selecting examples.

Visit the 17th & 18th Century gallery to view more examples of glass from this period.

 


Danaides Vase by R. Lalique

Danaides Vase by R. Lalique
Danaides Vase by R. Lalique

The ‘Danaides’ design was by Lalique in 1926 (see Marcilhac 972).

René Lalique (1860-1945) created more than three hundred vase designes using a great variety of styles and manufacturing techniques. These ranged from crystal or opalescent glass, through to coloured, stained or cased designs.

Lalique's gift to the world was to bring fine art in glass to a world-wide market. He combined stunning design with innovative manufacturing methods.

‘Danaides’ is a great example of his approach to design, which often included an appealing subject with artistic subtext.

The ‘Danaides’ idea was probably inspired by a 1903 painting by John William Waterhouse. ‘The Danaides’ depicting some of the fifty daughters of Danaus, who were forced to marry the fifty sons of his twin brother. Legend has it that all but one of them killed their husbands on their wedding night and were condemned to an eternity of pouring water into a perforated pot.

Visit the 19th & 20th Century gallery to view more examples of glassware from this period.

 


Whitefriars

Selection of Glass by Whitefriars
Selection of Glass by Whitefriars

Glass manufactured by Whitefriars (Powell) remains incredibly popular with collectors and The National Glass fair always features a good number of dealers who stock a variety of glass produced by this manufacturer.

Our May 2017 glass fair was no exception and pictured above is a small selection of items that represents the scope of designs that were offered for sale:

  • Aqua lobed controlled bubble vase by Geoffrey Baxter (pattern no. 9776).

  • Aubergine hooped vase by Baxter (pattern no. 9680).

  • Gold pear with controlled bubbles by Ray Annenberg.

  • Kingfisher vase with green spiral by Geoffrey Baxter (pattern no. 9707).

  • Powell opalescent ribbed footed vase, dating from the 1870s.

  • Ribbon trailed vase circa 1938 (pattern no. 9030).

Visit the 19th & 20th Century gallery to view more examples of glassware from this period.