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British Art Glass - as with many other aspects of life in these scepter’d isles - mirrors the fact that they were a melting pot of influences and inspirations brought back home by explorers and adventurers who travelled to the farthest reaches of the globe over the centuries, looking to paint another part of the blank cartographic canvas with the red of Empire.
 
Trade, conquest, expansionism and simple curiosity saw Britain exposed albeit somewhat vicariously to the cultures of other countries from the 16th century onwards, and by the time it had become an industrial powerhouse, production techniques from Europe, North Africa and far beyond had been assimilated in to “British” crafts.
 
Hence there were aspects of Venetian and Bohemian glassmaking evident in pieces made here from the late 1600’s onwards, and – having honed our own techniques to the point that they at least matched the proficiency of their native practices – it becomes hard to discern what can be categorised as a truly British style.
 
Renowned in the 19th century as one of our foremost glass production companies, James Powell & Sons – for instance – was turning out paperweights and vases which were every bit as good as the Italian pieces after which they were styled. The Scandinavian preoccupation with naturalistic textures was mirrored years later by Wilson & Baxter – their moulded and hand-worked blown glasswares approximating the Nordic oeuvre.
 
Other producers of paperweights and vases – Bacchus of Birmingham, for instance – followed the Bohemian fancy for elaborately hand-worked rims, coloured casings and intricate applique decorations which was itself an echo of the Venetian originals.
 
Cameo glass, so perfectly executed by the French – also made in Stourbridge, West Midlands – perhaps lacking the artisan caché of Nancy and the Moselle ? And ultimately Mdina Glass, once based in Malta in the Mediterranean, moved lock, stock and barrel to that bastion of British indefatigability in the face of the driving rain of our traditional high summer, the Isle of Wight.
 

Perhaps the best known “British” Art Glass manufacturers, based in various locations across Scotland throughout the 20th century, were wholly founded on the endeavours of Spaniards – the Ysart family – whose machinations gave us Monart, Ysart, Vasart and ultimately Strathearn amongst the litany of “home grown” talents. Their abstract designs with their distinctive swirling, fluidic and sometimes almost fluorescent colour schemes are some of the most striking and recognisable Art Glass pieces you may come across – but unequivocally British in the truest sense of the word – that’s another matter…


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Isle of Wight Azurene Glass Lollipop Vase c1980

Isle of Wight Azurene Glass Lollipop Vase c1980

A hand formed Isle of Wight glass lollipop vase for sale

£135.00

Signed Michael Harris Isle of Wight Tortoiseshell Glass Charger

Signed Michael Harris Isle of Wight Tortoiseshell Glass Charger

Signed Michael Harris Isle of Wight glass charger in the Tortoiseshell pattern

£450.00

A Pair of Thomas Webb Cadmium Yellow Engraved Glass Vases c.1900

A Pair of Thomas Webb Cadmium Yellow Engraved Glass Vases c.1900

Cadmium is one of a number of rare earth metals used to coilour glass. Moser were the greatest exponents of this using neodymium, selenium and other exotics to impart colour.

£180.00

John Luxton Stuart Crystal vase c1965

John Luxton Stuart Crystal vase c1965

A 1960s John Luxton designed vase for Stuart Crystal.

£65.00

Isle of Wight Seaward Dishes c1975

Isle of Wight Seaward Dishes c1975

Isle of Wight glass dishes, These may well be a Michael Harris design, or an act of partial plagiarism of the clear Dartington version.

£110.00

Gilded Satin Glass Vase c1900

Gilded Satin Glass Vase c1900

A web on the base, an M.Jules Barbe type gilded design. This all points to Thomas Webb

£145.00

Rare Stevens & Williams Rockingham Glass Bowl

Rare Stevens & Williams Rockingham Glass Bowl

An array of rare British art glass , Stevens and Williams rockingham glass

£240.00

Gray-Stan Mottled Pink Over White Vase c1930

Gray-Stan Mottled Pink Over White Vase c1930

A superb example of signed Gray-Stan art glass. with a beautiful textured colourway

£185.00

Large Whitefriars Amethyst Glass Charger c1950

Large Whitefriars Amethyst Glass Charger c1950

A Whitefriars encased bubble glass bowl for collectors

£135.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams rainbow glass

£110.00

Extremely Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Pink and Blue Swirls Glass Charger c1975 - Was £475

Extremely Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Pink and Blue Swirls Glass Charger c1975 - Was £475

Isle of Wight Michael Harris glass charger in the Pink and Blue Swirls pattern, large chargers are very rare and could only be made by Michael Harris himself, this is the rarest of those ranges

£375.00

John Walsh Amethyst Glass Vase c1930

John Walsh Amethyst Glass Vase c1930

Vintage glass vases retain their appeal into the modern day. See more at the Scottish online antique store

£160.00

Scottish Caithness Glass Seascape Vase

Scottish Caithness Glass Seascape Vase

Vintage glass vases for sale in at online store

£49.00

Scottish Red And White Colour Opaque Twist Dram Glass- Was £50

Scottish Red And White Colour Opaque Twist Dram Glass- Was £50

A 21st century take on an 18th century style, many have attempted to recreate the twist stemware of the Georgian era and few have succeded. Mike Hunter is one of the few. Own a colour twist at the fraction of the price of the 18th century equivalant.

£38.00

Nazeing Bullicante Glass Vase c1930

Nazeing Bullicante Glass Vase c1930

A pink glass vase by Nazing. Nazeing glassworks was founded in 1928 by Richard Kempton and is based in Hertfordshire, England.

£110.00

Roger Tye Phoenix Glass Studio Vase

Roger Tye Phoenix Glass Studio Vase

A stunning hand formed Phoenix Glass Studio vase for collectors

£165.00

Rare Graystan Footed Glass Bowl c1930

Rare Graystan Footed Glass Bowl c1930

The striking colours and patterns of Graystan glass required immense skill and inventiveness.

£210.00

Stuart And Sons Cairngorm Glass Vase

Stuart And Sons Cairngorm Glass Vase

A beautiful, decorative and organic Cairngorm vase for sale

£95.00

Isle of Wight Black Azurene Glass Lollipop Vase c1980

Isle of Wight Black Azurene Glass Lollipop Vase c1980

A hand formed glass lollipop vase from the Isle of Wight for collectors

£138.00

Azure Blue Isle of Wight Azurene Glass Lollipop Vase c1993

Azure Blue Isle of Wight Azurene Glass Lollipop Vase c1993

A hand formed glass lollipop vase from the Isle of Wight for sale

£159.00

Blue Julia Donnelly Designed Purse Vase

Blue Julia Donnelly Designed Purse Vase

A mottled art glass vase designed by Julia Donnelly for Siddy Langley for sale

£59.00

Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Vase

Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Vase

A British art glass classic, an excellent combination of strong colours for a striking result

£95.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£105.00

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