The National Glass Collectors Fair

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In Focus: 11 May 2014

Whilst updating the Preview Gallery for our 11 May 2014 fair we chose to highlight several significant pieces of glass that were offered for sale by our exhibitors at the National Glass Fair.


In Focus: Cut Glass Bowl - C1830

Rare Green Opaque Twist Wine Glass
Rare Green Opaque Twist
Wine Glass

This cut glass bowl is late Georgian/William IV, dates from the beginning of the 19th century and was possibly blown by Waterford.

The vessel has a shallow cup shaped bowl measuring 22.8 cm in diameter at the rim. The bowl is cut with a band of large olives above a band of wrythened petals and below is a prism cut and a band of small vertical flutes.

The bowl sits on a substantial collar and an eight sided, vertically facet-cut stem that leads to a stepped square foot which measures 10 cm at its widest point. The height of the bowl is 18.5 cm and it weighs 2.5 kilos.

It has a polished out pontil mark on the foot and there are no chips, cracks, significant scratches or any obvious evidence of restoration.

Visit the 19th & 20th Century Preview Gallery to view further examples of decorative glass from this period.

 


Engraved Webb Decanter

Engraved Webb decanter

Engraved Webb decanter

This Webb decanter is profusely engraved and polished to a bright finish. The decanter features a landscape scene which includes an engraved fox and a pheasant.

The shape is particularly distinctive as it has been blown in a square dip mould and the decoration is designed to fit each of the four panels. The stopper is blown and decorated to match.

The decanter was originally the property of Lord Wolfson who was the Managing Director of Great Universal Stores in the 1930s.

Wolfson sent his assistant to Stourbridge to collect the decanter from the maker. The decanter came to market via the daughter of the assistant.

Visit the 19th & 20th Century Preview Gallery to view further examples of decorative glass from this period.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In Focus: Vic Bamforth

Painted graal vase by contemporary glass artist Vic Bamforth
Painted graal vase by contemporary glass artist Vic Bamforth

Contemporary glass artist Vic Bamforth has long been a regular exhibitor at the National Glass Fair. He always brings along a good selection of his world class art glass and the next fair will be no exception.

The basics that drive Vic Bamforth's work are colour, movement and the unique properties and qualities of the medium of glass. Glass has provided Vic with an ideal three-dimensional canvas to carry figurative, often humorous, content.

All Vic Bamforth's pieces are hand blown, but it is his own personal approach to glass making that has set him apart from other glass artists. This is especially the case when it comes to the work he creates using a highly unique painted graal technique (see above for an example).

Visit the Contemporary Preview Gallery to view further examples of glass by Vic Bamforth. You will also find a good variety of glass by other contemporary glass artists.