British


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 Mottled Gray-Stan Glass Vase c1930

A Mottled Gray-Stan Glass Vase c1930

A Mottled Gray-Stan Glass Vase c1930

£325.00

Bob Crook Large Decorative Incalmo Flask with Trailed Decoration

Bob Crook Large Decorative Incalmo Flask with Trailed Decoration

Bob Crook Large Decorative Incalmo Flask with Trailed Decoration

£275.00

Rare Thomas Webb Iridescent Bronze Glass Amphora Vase c1880

Rare Thomas Webb Iridescent Bronze Glass Amphora Vase c1880

Rare Thomas Webb Iridescent Bronze Glass Amphora Vase c1880

£425.00

A Tall  Striped Blue Opaline Glass Vase c1885

A Tall Striped Blue Opaline Glass Vase c1885

A Tall Striped Blue Opaline Glass Vase c1885

£190.00

A Glass Bowl Engraved By Josephine Harris RA 1997

A Glass Bowl Engraved By Josephine Harris RA 1997

A Glass Bowl Engraved By Josephine Harris RA 1997

£220.00

A Rare Gray-Stan Standing Bowl c1930

A Rare Gray-Stan Standing Bowl c1930

A Rare Gray-Stan Standing Bowl c1930

£300.00

A Joanne Mitchell Void Vase 2011

A Joanne Mitchell Void Vase 2011

A Joanne Mitchell Void Vase 2011

£275.00

A Siddy Langley Prindi Vase 2003

A Siddy Langley Prindi Vase 2003

A Siddy Langley Prindi Vase 2003

£150.00

A Franco Toffolo John Deacons Silhouette Millefiori Vase c1995

A Franco Toffolo John Deacons Silhouette Millefiori Vase c1995

A Franco Toffolo John Deacons silhouette paperweight vase from the 1990's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£145.00

An Anthony Stern Seascape Glass Vase

An Anthony Stern Seascape Glass Vase

An Anthony Stern Seascape Glass Vase

£185.00

Siddy Langley Large Seagull Vase

Siddy Langley Large Seagull Vase

Siddy Langley Large Seagull Vase

£260.00

Siddy Langley Clam Form Vase 2004

Siddy Langley Clam Form Vase 2004

Siddy Langley Clam Form Vase 2004

£270.00

Signed Siddy Langley Rainforest Bowl 2021

Signed Siddy Langley Rainforest Bowl 2021

Signed Siddy Langley Rainforest Bowl 2021

£165.00

Siddy Langley Spring Garden Ginger Jar Scent Bottle

Siddy Langley Spring Garden Ginger Jar Scent Bottle

Siddy Langley Spring Garden Ginger Jar Scent Bottle

£85.00

Siddy Langley Squat Turquoise Scent Bottle

Siddy Langley Squat Turquoise Scent Bottle

Siddy Langley Squat Turquoise Scent Bottle

£75.00

Green and Grey Sommerso Winged Scent Bottle By Siddy Langley

Green and Grey Sommerso Winged Scent Bottle By Siddy Langley

Green and Grey Sommerso Winged Scent Bottle By Siddy Langley

£110.00

A Siddy Langley Poppy Scent Bottle 2021

A Siddy Langley Poppy Scent Bottle 2021

A Siddy Langley Poppy Scent Bottle 2021

£85.00

Siddy Langley Limited Edition 'Celadon' Pattern Vase - 2003

Siddy Langley Limited Edition 'Celadon' Pattern Vase - 2003

Siddy Langley Limited Edition 'Celadon' Pattern Vase

£240.00

Royal Brierley Stevens and Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Royal Brierley Stevens and Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Royal Brierley Stevens and Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

£90.00

A Strathearn Glass Vase c1970

A Strathearn Glass Vase c1970

A Strathearn Glass Vase c1970

£55.00

A Documented Thomas Webb Cameo Glass Vase Carved by Frank Wilkinson Completed 1928

A Documented Thomas Webb Cameo Glass Vase Carved by Frank Wilkinson Completed 1928

A Documented Thomas Webb Cameo Glass Vase carved by Frank Wilkinson Completed 1928

£8,750.00

Royal Brierley Studio Glass Bowlc1990

Royal Brierley Studio Glass Bowlc1990

Royal Brierley Studio Glass Bowlc1990

£50.00

Michael Harris Designed Royal Brierley Studio Iridescent Glass Bowl c1990

Michael Harris Designed Royal Brierley Studio Iridescent Glass Bowl c1990

Michael Harris Designed Royal Brierley Studio Iridescent glass Bowl c1990

£75.00

An Oval 'Harvest Moon' Vase by Siddy Langley

An Oval 'Harvest Moon' Vase by Siddy Langley

An Oval 'Harvest Moon' Vase by Siddy Langley

£275.00

An Egg-shaped 'Harvest Moon' Vase by Siddy Langley

An Egg-shaped 'Harvest Moon' Vase by Siddy Langley

An Egg-shaped Harvest Moon Vase by Siddy Langley

£275.00

Michael Crane Signed Studio Glass Vase 2003

Michael Crane Signed Studio Glass Vase 2003

Michael Crane Signed Studio Glass Vase 2003

£165.00

A Ginger Jar Vase by Siddy Langley

A Ginger Jar Vase by Siddy Langley

A Ginger Jar Vase by Siddy Langley

£320.00

A Spherical Pheasant Feather Vase by Siddy Langley

A Spherical Pheasant Feather Vase by Siddy Langley

A Sperical Pheasant Feather Vase by Siddy Langley

£195.00

An Aubergine and Turquioise Journey Bowl by Siddy Langley

An Aubergine and Turquioise Journey Bowl by Siddy Langley

An Aubergine and Turquioise Journey Bowl by Siddy Langley

£340.00

A large Triform Storm Clouds Vase By Siddy Langley

A large Triform Storm Clouds Vase By Siddy Langley

A large Triform Storm Clouds Vase By Siddy Langley

£260.00

A Large Pheasant Feather Spherical Vase by Siddy Langley

A Large Pheasant Feather Spherical Vase by Siddy Langley

A Large Pheasant Feather Spherical Vase by Siddy Langley

£220.00

A Rosy Landscape Vase By Siddy Langley

A Rosy Landscape Vase By Siddy Langley

A Rosy Landscape Vase By Siddy Langley

£325.00

A Pheasant Feather Rose Bowl By Siddy Langley

A Pheasant Feather Rose Bowl By Siddy Langley

A Pheasant Feather Rose Bowl By Siddy Langley

£240.00

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