The National Glass Collectors Fair

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15 November 2009
National Glass Fair Report

Exhibitors pulled out all of the stops in order to make the latest National Glass Fair a success and as a result visitors to the fair were treated to a spectacular variety of glass. Collectors were spoilt for choice when it came to exhibitors selling quality antique and collectable glass from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In addition some of the UK's leading contemporary glass artists were in attendance and exhibited some truly exceptional examples of modern studio glass.

If you were unable to attend the fair, or you would like to relive the experience, you may find the following video of interest.

The video was was filmed by Tony Wigg and documents his visit to the National Glass Fair. The film provides a slightly different perspective on the fair: featuring behind the scenes footage of dealers arriving at the fair and the transformation of the venue as it filled up with glass.

For the majority of exhibitors taking part, dealing in glass is not simply a job but a passion that has taken over their lives. Consequently the fair is supported by many respected and knowledgeable exhibitors, who have become reputable specialists in their chosen fields. Many exhibitors are even prepared to save their best stock for this event and below you will find details of some of the more desirable items that turned heads at the National Glass Fair.

17th & 18th Century Highlights

'Fitzwilliam' Tazza.
'Fitzwilliam' Tazza. Offered for sale by Peter Adamson.

Collectors of 17th and 18th century glassware were treated to the usual array of rare and unusual glassware. Of particular significance was a highly desirable tazza that was been tracked down by Peter Adamson. The 'Fitzwilliam' tazza was originally discovered by Barrington Haynes in 1948 (along with 8 other examples) in Wentworth Woodhouse Hall. The tazzas most probably came from the Buckingham Glass house in Greenwich and had been in Wentworth Woodhouse since the mid 1600s. This particular example (right) is only the second tazza from the collection to surface since 1948; another example was illustrated in the Glass Circle publication 'Strange and Rare' 1987.

If you visit our In Focus Archive you can read more about the history behind the 'Fitzwilliam' tazza and the circumstances surrounding its discovery.

19th Century Highlights

The standard of 19th century decorative glass was extremely high and exhibitors such as Andrew Lineham brought along a diverse range of museum-quality items. Highlights included stunning cameo scent bottles, rare and unusual pressed glass by Percival and Vickers and enamelled glass that showcased the talents of renowned
Fritz Heckert Vase
Fritz Heckert vase. Offered for sale by John Stallebrass.
glass artist Fritz Heckert.

20th Century & Contemporary Glass Highlights

The range of 20th century glass available at the fair is almost overwhelming. Every period, style and major manufacturer was covered: including Art Deco and Art Nouveau glass, Italian and Scandinavian Art glass, as well as early examples of studio glass by the likes of Mdina.

Choosing one or two pieces to highlight is practically an impossible task and collectors should really visit our Preview Gallery in order to appreciate the variety of glass that was on display.

The variety and quality of glass on offer was in no small part due to the dedication of specialist dealers like Mike & Debby Moir. Included amongst the numerous gems they brought with them were iconic designs by Baccarat (see image below), Lalique, Kralik, Daum and Marcel Goupy.

Contemporary glass was also well represented at the fair by specialist dealers who have a real eye for quality. Stunning examples of contemporary studio glass were also available to buy directly from gifted glass artists like Jonathan Harris, Nikki Williams, Vic Bamforth and Helen Millard.

Book Launch: 20th Century British Glass

In addition to the vast array of glass on offer at this fair, Charles Hajdamach was in attendance to promote the launch of his latest glass reference book: "20th Century
Baccarat: Glass Tiger Designed by Georges Chevalier (Circa 1925).

Baccarat: Glass tiger designed by Georges Chevalier (Circa 1925). Offered for sale by Mike & Debby Moir.

British Glass". The book is a follow up to the highly regarded "British Glass: 1800-1914", which is considered essential reading when it comes to Victorian and early 20th century British glass. Considering the fact that people queued up all day for signed copies of the book, it appears that Charles' latest offering promises to be the most comprehensive guide to 20th century British glass.

There isn't enough space to mention all of the fine examples of glass that exhibitors brought along to the National Glass Fair. Our next fair promises to be just as exciting and details will be published in the weeks leading up to our next fair, including the addition of new images to our Preview Gallery - where you will find examples of the glass that will be on sale.

We look forward to seeing you at our future glass fairs.