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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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A Blue and White Scottish Colour Twist Wine Goblet

A Blue and White Scottish Colour Twist Wine Goblet

A colour twist winr glass with a capacious bowl. This modern variant gives 18th century style for less

£79.00

Scottish Yellow Colour Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

Scottish Yellow Colour Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

This goblet is better suited better to modern dining than 18th century equivalents. The Georgian canary yellow colour twist is a dream to ll but the most fortunate of collectors. However a 21st century colour twist is a fantastic proxy

£95.00

A Red and White Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

A Red and White Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

The art of twist glassware is far from over, a handful of glassmakers including Mike Hunter are continuing to deploy the requisite techniques. This glass is a testament to his skill, the quality is simply outstanding.

£75.00

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

Rare Gray-Stan Amber Glass Bowl c1930

Rare Gray-Stan Amber Glass Bowl c1930

A rare Gray-Stan amber glass standing bowl. You will find more vintage glass vases at the Scottish online antique store

£240.00

Large Whitefriars Amethyst Glass Charger c1950

Large Whitefriars Amethyst Glass Charger c1950

A Whitefriars encased bubble glass bowl for collectors

£135.00

Signed Anthony Stern Glass Bowl

Signed Anthony Stern Glass Bowl

A signed Anthony Stern glass bowl for collectors

£98.00

Signed Anthony Stern Glass Charger

Signed Anthony Stern Glass Charger

An Anthony Stern glass charger for collectors

£365.00

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

Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Signed Tortoiseshell Glass Charger

Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Signed Tortoiseshell Glass Charger

Isle of Wight Michael Harris glass charger in the Tortoiseshell pattern for collectors

£435.00

Extremely Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Pink and Blue Swirls Glass Charger c1975

Extremely Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Pink and Blue Swirls Glass Charger c1975

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

£450.00

Thomas Webb Bronze Glass Vase c1890

Thomas Webb Bronze Glass Vase c1890

Thomas Webb bronze glass. English vintage glass vases

£380.00

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

Stevens & Williams Amethyst Glass Optical Vase

Stevens & Williams Amethyst Glass Optical Vase

A British art glass classic, the internal moulding creates a fascinating effect when backlit

£95.00

Alloa Style Green Art Glass Vase c1905

Alloa Style Green Art Glass Vase c1905

Green art glass vase for sale, art glass antiques from Scotland are few and far between

£125.00

An Amethyst and White ColourTwist Wine Goblet

An Amethyst and White ColourTwist Wine Goblet

Mike Hunter is one of a gifted few able to execute twist stemware to the standards of 18th century glassmakers. His twist glasses are rarer than 18th century equivelanst, he has not made that many.

£79.00

Scottish Red And White Colour Opaque Twist Dram Glass

Scottish Red And White Colour Opaque Twist Dram Glass

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.

£48.00

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.

£225.00

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

Whitefriars Glass Spirit Decanter c1938

Whitefriars Glass Spirit Decanter c1938

Both decorative and definitely functional glass for sale

£59.00

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

£138.00

Alloa Style Blue Art Glass Vase c1900

Alloa Style Blue Art Glass Vase c1900

Art glass vase for sale, art glass antiques from scotland are few and far between

£42.00

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

£75.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£90.00

Whitefriars Optical Moulded Ruby Glass Vase

Whitefriars Optical Moulded Ruby Glass Vase

A Whitefriars optical moulded ruby glass vase from the 1960s designed by Geoffrey Baxter

£35.00

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