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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 Large Perthshire PP1 Eleven Radial Paperweight Pre 1978

A Large Perthshire PP1 Eleven Radial Paperweight Pre 1978

A large perthshire PP1 paperweight pre 1978. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

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.

£25.00

Strathearn Closepack Paperweight c1975

Strathearn Closepack Paperweight c1975

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

£45.00

Signed Michael Harris Isle Of Wight Glass Charger 1974-76

Signed Michael Harris Isle Of Wight Glass Charger 1974-76

Large isle of Wight chargers are rare and were made by Michael Harris himself . When produced they were very costly and very few were made. The Tortoiseshell and Aurene ranges are well known, the Pink and Blue Swirls is the rarest pattern of this group.

£475.00

Vasart Strathearn Glass Paperweight 1960s

Vasart Strathearn Glass Paperweight 1960s

A Vasart Strathearn glass paperweight. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£45.00

A Large Perthshire PP1 Fifteen Radial Paperweight Pre 1978

A Large Perthshire PP1 Fifteen Radial Paperweight Pre 1978

A large Perthshire PP1 paperweight with 15 radials

£110.00

Ysart Bros Concentric Millefiori Paperweight

Ysart Bros Concentric Millefiori Paperweight

An Ysart Brothers millefiori concentric paperweight made just after the war. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£160.00

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

£55.00

A Vasart Strathearn Paperweight By The Ysart Brothers

A Vasart Strathearn Paperweight By The Ysart Brothers

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

£55.00

A Large Perthshire PP1 Ten Radial Paperweight Pre 1978

A Large Perthshire PP1 Ten Radial Paperweight Pre 1978

A large Perthshire PP1 paperweight pre 1978. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

Phil Atrill RCA Designed Vase

Phil Atrill RCA Designed Vase

A Phil Atrill RCA glass vase

£285.00

Phil Atrill RCA Glass Vase

Phil Atrill RCA Glass Vase

This vase has been commissioned by ourselves as a commitment to recognise the merits of talented contemporary glassmakers as shown here by Phil Attril based in Surrey. Phil studied at the RCA and graduated in 2001. This exemplifies the glassmakers raw mat

£375.00

John and Craig Deacons Eight Pointed Star Paperweight

John and Craig Deacons Eight Pointed Star Paperweight

John and Craig Deacons eight pointed star paperweight

£35.00

John Walsh Walsh Signed Clyne Farquaharson Leaf Pattern Vase c1936

John Walsh Walsh Signed Clyne Farquaharson Leaf Pattern Vase c1936

A beautiful John Walsh Walsh signed by Clyne Farquaharson in the leaf pattern from c1936. For more art glass, including a wide range of Art Deco vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£350.00

Clyne Farquharson  Leaf Pattern Vase By Reg Everton

Clyne Farquharson Leaf Pattern Vase By Reg Everton

Clyne Farquharson Leaf Pattern Vase By Reg Everton

£210.00

A Signed Clyne Farquharson for John Walsh Albany Pattern Vase 1940

A Signed Clyne Farquharson for John Walsh Albany Pattern Vase 1940

A Clyne Farquharson for John Walsh signed Albany Pattern Vase 1940

£350.00

Stevens and Williams Pink Alabaster Covered Bowl c1925

Stevens and Williams Pink Alabaster Covered Bowl c1925

A very fine Stevens and Williams pink alabaster covered bowl from c1925 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, including a wide range of Art Deco glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£85.00

Isle of Wight Pink Swirl Globe Vase 1974-76

Isle of Wight Pink Swirl Globe Vase 1974-76

Isle of Wight pink swirl vase. British studio founded by Micheal harris

£50.00

John Walsh Opaline Broacde Pedestal Bowl c1900

John Walsh Opaline Broacde Pedestal Bowl c1900

This is the the most visually pleasing Walsh opaline vase that we have seen

£225.00

Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1965

Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1965

A very fine Chance Brothers hankie vase from c1965 in excellent condition. For more art glass, including a wide range of Art Deco vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£28.00

Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1965

Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1965

A very fine chance Brother's hankie vase from c1965 in excellent condition. For more art glass, including a wide range of Art Deco vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£28.00

Very Large Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1960

Very Large Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1960

Very Large Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1960

£25.00

Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1960

Chance Brothers Hankie Vase c1960

A very fine Chance Brothers hankie vase from c1960 in excellent condition. For more art glass, including a wide range of art deco vases, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£28.00

Large Chance Brothers Hankie Vase

Large Chance Brothers Hankie Vase

A large Chance brothers hankie vase in very good condition with original label

£25.00

John Walsh Walsh Pattern 5886 Art Deco Glass Bowl c1940

John Walsh Walsh Pattern 5886 Art Deco Glass Bowl c1940

A very fine John Walsh Walsh art deco glass bowl from c1940 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, including a range of Art Deco glass, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

Rare Thomas Webb Iridescent Bronze Vase c1880

Rare Thomas Webb Iridescent Bronze Vase c1880

This is only our second example of Thomas Webb 'Bronze' glass. The first may be seen here https://scottishantiques.com/art-glass/british/Thomas-webb-bronze The first was stolen from ourselves and we would like to know there whereabouts. It was highl

£425.00

Whitefriars Lilac Knobbly Vase Designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer in 1963

Whitefriars Lilac Knobbly Vase Designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer in 1963

A fabulous later knobbly vase from Whitefriars in the highly sought after lilac colourway. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

Largest Size  Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter Streaky Vase Pattern No 9783

Largest Size Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter Streaky Vase Pattern No 9783

the largest Whitefriars Geoffrey Baxter Streaky vase in purple and blue - pattern No 9783. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

Whitefriars Crystal Gold Amber Ribbed Bowl c1949 Pattern 9307

Whitefriars Crystal Gold Amber Ribbed Bowl c1949 Pattern 9307

A Whitefriars crystal ribbed bowl in gold amber from the late 1940's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£80.00

Whitefriars Wealdstone Gold Amber Footed Bowl c1935

Whitefriars Wealdstone Gold Amber Footed Bowl c1935

A Whitefriars Wealdstone Wilson or Hogan gold mmber footed bowl from c1935. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£70.00

A Whitefriars Threaded Ribbed Shallow Bowl c1930's

A Whitefriars Threaded Ribbed Shallow Bowl c1930's

A Whitefriars threaded, ribbed, shallow bowl in gold amber from the 1930's. Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£140.00

English Amber Glass Bowl Stourbridge or Whitefriars c1930

English Amber Glass Bowl Stourbridge or Whitefriars c1930

Possibly a Stourbridge or Whitefriars amber bowl from the 1930's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£70.00

A Whitefriars or STourbridge Gold Amber Vase c1930/40

A Whitefriars or STourbridge Gold Amber Vase c1930/40

A Whitefriars gold amber vase from the 1930/40's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£50.00

A Pair of Webb Quilted Satin Vases c1895

A Pair of Webb Quilted Satin Vases c1895

A beautiful pair of Thomas Webb Victorian quilted satin vases from c1895 in excellent condition. For more art glass including Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Victorian examples please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl c1940

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl c1940

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£80.00

Thomas Webb Cameo Fleur Vase c1930

Thomas Webb Cameo Fleur Vase c1930

A beautiful Thomas Webb cameo Fleur vase from c1930 in excellent condition. For more British art glass, French art glass, and much more antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£320.00

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