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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 Malcolm Sutcliffe Art Glass Vase c1995

A Malcolm Sutcliffe Art Glass Vase c1995

The Galle factory produced a vase iin the mid 1920s decorated with polar bears. An example changed hands privately three years ago for $120,000 , about £80,000 at the time. Our own beloved Moorcroft also made charming vase with a similar theme. This is a

£275.00

A Galle Inspired Malcolm Sutcliffe Art Glass Vase c1995

A Galle Inspired Malcolm Sutcliffe Art Glass Vase c1995

A vase by Malcolm Sutcliffe. This speaks for itself. Stunning

£225.00

A James Powell & Sons Whitefriars Blue Opal Vase c1900

A James Powell & Sons Whitefriars Blue Opal Vase c1900

A James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars blue opal vase from c1900. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

A John Walsh Iridescent Vase c1932

A John Walsh Iridescent Vase c1932

Vertically ribbed bell shape. Pale turquoise glass with iridescent finish. There is no iridescent finish on the foot

£225.00

Two Strathearn Miniature Paperweights c1970

Two Strathearn Miniature Paperweights c1970

A pair of Strathearn miniature paperweights from c 1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£50.00

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn radial paperweight

£50.00

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

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

£40.00

A Whitefriars Aubergine Aztec Vase Pattern 9816  c1970

A Whitefriars Aubergine Aztec Vase Pattern 9816 c1970

A Whitefriars aubergine aztec vase pattern 9816 from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£115.00

A Whitefriars Textured Vase by Geoffrey Baxter Pattern 9691 c1966

A Whitefriars Textured Vase by Geoffrey Baxter Pattern 9691 c1966

A Whitefriars textured vase by Geoffrey Baxter pattern 9691 from c1966. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£95.00

A Whitefriars Red Aztec Vase Pattern 9816 c1970

A Whitefriars Red Aztec Vase Pattern 9816 c1970

A Whitefriars red Aztec vase pattern 9816 from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Whitefriars Knobbly Vase Pattern 9609 c1963

A Whitefriars Knobbly Vase Pattern 9609 c1963

A Whitefriars knobbly vase pattern 9609 from c1963. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£55.00

A Whitefriars Knobbly Vase in Gold FLC c1970

A Whitefriars Knobbly Vase in Gold FLC c1970

A William Wilson Harry Dyer designed Whitefriars knobbly vase from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

Peacock Feathers vase By Siddy Langley 2006

Peacock Feathers vase By Siddy Langley 2006

Turquoise quills with random blue and green edged "eyes". A signed peacock feathers vase by Siddy Langley

£140.00

Stevens and Williams Rainbow Posey Bowl c1930

Stevens and Williams Rainbow Posey Bowl c1930

A very fine Stevens and Williams rainbow bowl from c1930 in excellent condition. For more antique glassware, including a wide range of Art Deco glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

A Large Vasart Radial Complex Cane Paperweight c1950

A Large Vasart Radial Complex Cane Paperweight c1950

A large Vasart radial paperweight with complex canes from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£135.00

A Perthshire PP19 Scramble Paperweight c1992

A Perthshire PP19 Scramble Paperweight c1992

A Perthshire PP19 scramble paperweight from c1992. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£115.00

An Early Paul Ysart Complex Radial Paperweight 1940s

An Early Paul Ysart Complex Radial Paperweight 1940s

An early Paul Ysart complex ten spoke radial paperweight from c1940's

£265.00

A Vase By Siddy Langley Vase 2001

A Vase By Siddy Langley Vase 2001

A very fine Siddy Langley vase from 2001 in excellent condition. For more vintage art glass, including a wide range of British art glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£135.00

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack  Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn millefiori close pack paperweight

£45.00

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack  Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Millefiori Close Pack Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn millefiori close pack paperweight from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£50.00

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

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

£40.00

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

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

£40.00

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn radial paperweight

£40.00

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

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

£40.00

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 Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn Radial Paperweight c1970

A Strathearn radial paperweight from c 1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

Siddy Langley Vase 2006

Siddy Langley Vase 2006

A beautiful Siddy Langley vase depicting lilies from 2006 in excellent condition. For more vintage art glass, including a wide range of British art glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

Yellow Rim Radial Moulded Paul Barcroft Art Glass Bowl c2000

Yellow Rim Radial Moulded Paul Barcroft Art Glass Bowl c2000

This is absolutely stunning and an excellent piece of craftsmanship.

£70.00

Large Siddy Langley Glas Pebble Paperweight 2007

Large Siddy Langley Glas Pebble Paperweight 2007

A very fine Siddy Langley sculpture from 2007 in excellent condition. For more vintage art glass, including a wide range of British art glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

Siddy Langley Iridescent Glass Pebble Paperweight 2003

Siddy Langley Iridescent Glass Pebble Paperweight 2003

A very fine Siddy Langley pebble paperweight

£65.00

A Bob Crooks Trailed Glass Bowl

A Bob Crooks Trailed Glass Bowl

A Bob Crooks trailed bowl from c2010. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

A Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter Vase Pattern 9431 c1955

A Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter Vase Pattern 9431 c1955

A Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter vase pattern 9431 from c1955. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

A Perthshire PP58 Millefiori Paperweight c1988

A Perthshire PP58 Millefiori Paperweight c1988

A Perthshire PP58 millefiori paperweight from the late 1980's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

A Large Vasart Radial Paperweight c1950

A Large Vasart Radial Paperweight c1950

A large Vasart radial paperweight from c1950

£120.00

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

£180.00

A Vasart Glass Vase

A Vasart Glass Vase

Pink band with aventurine, violet waves above a white mottled ground

£95.00

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