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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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Ludwig Kny for Stuart Crystal Green Art Deco Vase c1935 Pattern 26542

Ludwig Kny for Stuart Crystal Green Art Deco Vase c1935 Pattern 26542

A Ludwig Kny for Stuart Crystal green Art Deco vase from c1935 Pattern 26542. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

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.

£220.00

Stevens and Williams Royal Brierley Vase c1935

Stevens and Williams Royal Brierley Vase c1935

A Stevens and Williams Royal Brierley vase from c1935. Available from Scottish Antiquesonline store.

£175.00

Signed Okra Glass Iridescent Vase by Dave Barras

Signed Okra Glass Iridescent Vase by Dave Barras

A signed Okra Glass iridescent vase by Dave Barras from 1980-90. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Signed Okra Glass Iridescent Vase with Flowers by  Dave Barras

Signed Okra Glass Iridescent Vase with Flowers by Dave Barras

A signed Okra Glass iridescent vase with flowers by Dave Barras from 1980-90. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Two Signed Okra Glass Arum Vases from 1989

Two Signed Okra Glass Arum Vases from 1989

A Pair of Signed Pink Okra Glass Arum Vases from 1989. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£220.00

Signed Jane Charles Exhibition Octo Range

Signed Jane Charles Exhibition Octo Range

A signed Jane Charles exhibition piece, Octo Range, 1 of 3 made for Opus 1 London in c1992. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£385.00

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.

£170.00

John Luxton Stuart Crystal vase c1965

John Luxton Stuart Crystal vase c1965

A 1960s John Luxton designed vase for Stuart Crystal.

£40.00

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

£85.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£95.00

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

£375.00

Isle of Wight Tortoiseshell Glass Charger Signed By Michael Harris

Isle of Wight Tortoiseshell Glass Charger Signed By Michael Harris

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

£425.00

Monart Glass Vase with Aventurine Shape OE  VII c1935

Monart Glass Vase with Aventurine Shape OE VII c1935

A Monart Glass vase with aventurine, shape OE VII from c1935. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

Monart Mottled Glass Trumpet Vase c1935 Shape TC Size VI 10

Monart Mottled Glass Trumpet Vase c1935 Shape TC Size VI 10

A Scottish Monart Orange Glass Trumpet Vase from c1935. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£195.00

Pair of Webb Glass  Filamentosa Vases c 1880

Pair of Webb Glass Filamentosa Vases c 1880

A Pair of Webb Glass Filamentosa Vases from c 1880. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£275.00

James Powell & Sons Whitefriars T G Jackson Wine Glasses and Jug c 1895

James Powell & Sons Whitefriars T G Jackson Wine Glasses and Jug c 1895

A companion set of James Powell & Sons Whitefriars T G Jackson Wine Glasses and Jug from c 1895. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£375.00

Thomas Webb "Bronze" Glass Oil Jug - c1880

Thomas Webb "Bronze" Glass Oil Jug - c1880

A Thomas Webb "Bronze" water dropper - oil jug from c1880. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£320.00

Stevens and Williams Royal Brierley Vase circa 1935

Stevens and Williams Royal Brierley Vase circa 1935

A Stevens and Williams, Royal Brierley, vase from circa 1935

£175.00

A Stuart Purple Peacock Trail Glass c1905

A Stuart Purple Peacock Trail Glass c1905

A Stuart purple peacock trail glass from c1905. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

Stuart Bi-Colour Peacock Vase For Liberty c1910

Stuart Bi-Colour Peacock Vase For Liberty c1910

These were produced for Liberty and Co and appear in several Christmas catalogues. Excellent example with both green and turquoise peacock feathers. Stuart and Sons are renowned known for this style of decoration with many documented examples.

£325.00

Signed Art Deco Webb Glass Amber Cased & Acid Cut  Lens Vase c1930

Signed Art Deco Webb Glass Amber Cased & Acid Cut Lens Vase c1930

A signed Art Deco, Webb glass, yellow cased and acid cut lens vase from c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£240.00

Signed Webb Art Deco Green Cased Acid Cut & Polished Vase c1930

Signed Webb Art Deco Green Cased Acid Cut & Polished Vase c1930

A signed Art Deco Webb green cased acid cut & polished glass vase from c1930. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£220.00

Monart Glass Pink Boomerang Vase c1930

Monart Glass Pink Boomerang Vase c1930

An Art Deco Monart Glass pink boomerang vase shape GC size VI from c1930. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£250.00

James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars, Cloudy Glass Vase Designed by Harry Powell c1935

James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars, Cloudy Glass Vase Designed by Harry Powell c1935

A Harry Powell designed vase for James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars,

£320.00

John Walsh Brocade Pattern Vase c1900

John Walsh Brocade Pattern Vase c1900

John Wash glass, the height of Victorian style

£85.00

Large Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885

Large Thomas Webb Quilted Satin Glass Vase c1885

An antique quilted blue satin glass vase made by Thomas Webb in Stourbridge in the late 1900's

£140.00

John Walsh Opaline Brocade Vase c1900

John Walsh Opaline Brocade Vase c1900

one of the most recognisable of al John Walsh designs. See more at the Scottish antique store online

£95.00

A Footed Glass Bowl "Frost"

A Footed Glass Bowl "Frost"

This has many atributes of Gray-Stan glass and Nazeing, but it s not marked. We do not know where it was made or when it was made. We have never encountered this frosted decoration before. That said it really does look as though it were decorated by jack

£75.00

Jobling Opalique Fircone Pattern Glass Bowl c1935

Jobling Opalique Fircone Pattern Glass Bowl c1935

Originally Greener and Co, the company was sold to its major creditor industrialist James Jobling. The high end moulded and hand finished glass produced by Lalique was commercially ripe for a rival. Opalique glass was developed after years of experimentat

£110.00

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

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

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

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