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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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Magenta Colour Glass Charger Possibly Isle Of Wight

Magenta Colour Glass Charger Possibly Isle Of Wight

Magenta Colour Glass Charger Possibly Isle Of Wight

£150.00

A William Manson Senior Bat Cave Paperweight 1/1 2002

A William Manson Senior Bat Cave Paperweight 1/1 2002

A William Manson Senior bat cave 1/1 paperweight from 2002. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£450.00

A Signed Siddy Langley Rainbow Jug 2021

A Signed Siddy Langley Rainbow Jug 2021

A signed Siddy Langley Rainbow jug from 2021. Available from the Hoard.

£145.00

A Large Perthshire Millefiori Circlets Paperweight Annual Collection 1975C

A Large Perthshire Millefiori Circlets Paperweight Annual Collection 1975C

A large Perthshire Millefiori Circlets annual collection 1975C paperweight. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

Six Mike Hunter Twist Glass Studios Wine Glasses

Six Mike Hunter Twist Glass Studios Wine Glasses

A set of six opaque twist green colour wine glasses from c2015. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£350.00

A Nazeing Cloudy Waisted Glass Vase c1930-50

A Nazeing Cloudy Waisted Glass Vase c1930-50

A Nazeing cloudy waisted vase from c1935-40. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Goblet By The Glass Studio Denby

A Goblet By The Glass Studio Denby

A glass goblet from The Glass Studio at Denby from c2000. The tooling in bowl is intentional, it echoes the gold bands on the stem. It is worth noting that "Lynn rings" are tooled and not moulded. This is clearly inspired by the tendril glasses

£70.00

Blue Azurene vase By Sarah Richardson 1992

Blue Azurene vase By Sarah Richardson 1992

Blue Azurene vase By Sarah Richardson 1992

£55.00

A Rare Caithness Art Glass Paperweight Inkwell c1970

A Rare Caithness Art Glass Paperweight Inkwell c1970

A Caithness art glass paperweight inkwell from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£50.00

Leaf Pattern Vase By Clyne Farquharson For John Walsh Walsh c1936

Leaf Pattern Vase By Clyne Farquharson For John Walsh Walsh c1936

Leaf Pattern Vase By Clyne Farquharson For John Walsh Walsh c1936

£325.00

A Soweby Uranium Glass Frog and Bullrush Vase c1930

A Soweby Uranium Glass Frog and Bullrush Vase c1930

A Sowerby uranium glass frog and bullrush vase from c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£140.00

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack  Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn millefiori close pack paperweight from c 1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack  Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn millifiori close pack paperweight from c 1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

A Paul Ysart Rondel Paperweight c1930's

A Paul Ysart Rondel Paperweight c1930's

A Paul Ysart pre-war rondel paperweight from the 1930's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£525.00

A Whitefriars Caithness Snow Crystal Paperweight 1981

A Whitefriars Caithness Snow Crystal Paperweight 1981

A Whitefriars Caithness snow crystal paperweight from 1981. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£100.00

A Strathearn Nine Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Nine Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn nine spoke radial paperweight from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Eight Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart eight spoke radial paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

A Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart Ten Spoke Radial Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Vasart ten spoke radial concentric paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Paperweight With Complex Canes Signed Made In Scotland  c1950

An Ysart Brothers Concentric Paperweight With Complex Canes Signed Made In Scotland c1950

An Ysart Brother concentric paperweight with complex canes from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

A Strathearn Eight Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Eight Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn eight spoke radial paperweight from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£35.00

A Strathearn Nine Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Nine Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn nine spoke radial paperweight. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Vasart or Strathearn Nine Spoke Radial One Row Concentric Paperweight c1950-70s

A Vasart or Strathearn Nine Spoke Radial One Row Concentric Paperweight c1950-70s

A Vasart/Strathearn nine spoke radial paperweight from c1950-70. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Strathearn Eight Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Eight Spoke Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn eight spoke radial paperweight

£50.00

A Stevens and Williams Rainbow Bowl 1935-40

A Stevens and Williams Rainbow Bowl 1935-40

A Stevens and Williams Rainbow Bowl 1935-40

£130.00

A Stevens and Williams Rainbow Vase 1935-40

A Stevens and Williams Rainbow Vase 1935-40

A Stevens and Williams Rainbow Vase 1935-40

£70.00

A Vasart Strathearn Paperweight c1960's

A Vasart Strathearn Paperweight c1960's

A Vasart Strathearn paperweight from c1960's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£20.00

A Walsh Walsh Old English Paperweight With French Flag Cane c1920

A Walsh Walsh Old English Paperweight With French Flag Cane c1920

A Walsh Walsh old English paperweight with unusual French flag cane from c1920. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£170.00

Strathearn Closepack Paperweight c1975

Strathearn Closepack Paperweight c1975

A Strathearn closepack paperweight from c1975. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£45.00

A Large Vasart Strathearn Paperweight by the Ysart Brothers

A Large Vasart Strathearn Paperweight by the Ysart Brothers

A large Vasart Strathearn Paperweight by the Ysart Brothers. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£40.00

A Royal Brierley Stevens and Williams Rainbow Vase

A Royal Brierley Stevens and Williams Rainbow Vase

A Very Striking Royal Brierley Stevens and Williams Rainbow Vase

£85.00

Tall Opaline Stripe Vase c1880

Tall Opaline Stripe Vase c1880

Two of the greatest innovators in coloured glass of late 19th century. The new types of glass were then used by some of the greatest designers of the same period, William De Morgan,Burne-Jones, Phillip Webb and T G Jackson to name a select group.

£225.00

A Royal Brierley Studio Range Art Glass  c1990

A Royal Brierley Studio Range Art Glass c1990

A signed Royal Brierley Studio range art glass from c1990. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

A Rare Ysart Brothers Vasart Clear Ground Eleven Spoke Radial Single Row Concentric Paperweight c1950

A Rare Ysart Brothers Vasart Clear Ground Eleven Spoke Radial Single Row Concentric Paperweight c1950

A rare Ysart Brothers Vasart clear ground eleven spoke radial single row concentric paperweight from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£175.00

Rare Perthshire 13 Spoke Radial  3 row Concentric Millefiori PP1 Paperweight Pre 1978

Rare Perthshire 13 Spoke Radial 3 row Concentric Millefiori PP1 Paperweight Pre 1978

A Perthshire 13 spoke radial, 3 row concentric millefiori PP1 paperweight pre 1978. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

A Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

A Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

A Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

£145.00

A Perthshire PP5 Seven Spoke Radial Paperweight

A Perthshire PP5 Seven Spoke Radial Paperweight

A Perthshire PP5 seven spoke radial paperweight from c1970's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

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