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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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An Experimental  Caithness Knobbly Oban Vase c1970

An Experimental Caithness Knobbly Oban Vase c1970

An experimental Caithness Knobbly Oban Vase from c1970 made in response to Whitefriars popular knobbly range. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

An Experimental  Caithness Knobbly Oban Bowl c1970

An Experimental Caithness Knobbly Oban Bowl c1970

A rare experimental Caithness Knobbly Oban bowl made in response to Whitefriars popular Knobbly range. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

A John Walsh Walsh  Flower Frog c1927

A John Walsh Walsh Flower Frog c1927

A John Walsh Walsh Regd design flower frog RD 733330 made in Birmingham England. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£55.00

Whitefriars Swag Vase Pattern 9001 Designed by William Wilson in 1934

Whitefriars Swag Vase Pattern 9001 Designed by William Wilson in 1934

Whitefriars James Powell and Sons Gold Amber Swag Vase Pattern 9001 designed by William Wilson in 1934. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

Caithness Cadenza  Vase Designed by Colin Terris1986

Caithness Cadenza Vase Designed by Colin Terris1986

A Caithness Cadenza vase designed by Colin Terris with beautiful hearts and millefiori. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

Stevens and Williams Constellation Pattern Glass Vase c1930

Stevens and Williams Constellation Pattern Glass Vase c1930

A stunning Stevens and Williams Constellation pattern glass vase from c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£190.00

An Early Caithness Ring Vase by Domhnall O'Broin Designed 1961

An Early Caithness Ring Vase by Domhnall O'Broin Designed 1961

An early Caithness Ring vase designed by Domhnall O'Broin. One of the largest shapes. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Two Caithness Salome Baluster Vases Designed by Phil Chaplain 1998-99

Two Caithness Salome Baluster Vases Designed by Phil Chaplain 1998-99

Two stunning Caithness Salome baluster vases designed by Phil Chaplain and only produced in 1998-9 due to the high cost of manufacture. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

A Webb Uranium Glass Wave Pattern Vase Designed 1931

A Webb Uranium Glass Wave Pattern Vase Designed 1931

A fantastic Webb yellow uranium glass wave pattern vase designed c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

A Webb Yellow Uranium Glass Wave Pattern Vase Designed 1931

A Webb Yellow Uranium Glass Wave Pattern Vase Designed 1931

A fantastic Webb yellow uranium glass wavy pattern designed c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£55.00

A Webb  Wave Pattern Vase Designed 1931

A Webb Wave Pattern Vase Designed 1931

A fantastic Webb yellow uranium glass wave pattern vase designed c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

A Signed R Ellison Engraved Paperweight

A Signed R Ellison Engraved Paperweight

A signed R Ellison engraved paperweight 20thC

£50.00

A Caithness Goblet Engraved by AH Poyser Nottingham c1970

A Caithness Goblet Engraved by AH Poyser Nottingham c1970

A Caithness Robin Hood engraved goblet by AH, Poyser Nottingham, from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

A Glass Jardiniere with Mica Inclusions c1910

A Glass Jardiniere with Mica Inclusions c1910

A bucket shaped spangle glass jardiniere with mica inclusions from c1910. Glass designs inspired by Blue John, Agate and other minerals were in vogue in the 19th centuryAvailable from Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

An Exmoor Art Glass Globe Vase

An Exmoor Art Glass Globe Vase

A beautifully made Exmoor Art Glass Globe Vase from c2000. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

A Laugharne Hallmarked Silver Overlay Bowl 1996

A Laugharne Hallmarked Silver Overlay Bowl 1996

A stunning Laugharne hallmarked silver overlay bowl rom the world famous silversmith at Laugharne in Wales. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

A Stevens and Williams Jade Alabaster Hallmarked Silver Rim Bowl 1920

A Stevens and Williams Jade Alabaster Hallmarked Silver Rim Bowl 1920

A beautifully proportioned Stevens and Williams Jade alabaster hallmarked silver rim bowl dated 1920. See more deco glassware at our online antique store

£175.00

Signed Clyne Farquharson John Walsh Leaf Vase 1939

Signed Clyne Farquharson John Walsh Leaf Vase 1939

This excellent John Walsh vase by Clyne Farquharson can be seen in finer detail on our scottishantiques.com online store.

£235.00

Signed Dennis Mann Caithness Glass Vase 1973

Signed Dennis Mann Caithness Glass Vase 1973

A signed Denis Mann Caithness glass copper wheel engraved vase with hunting dog

£250.00

A Large Paul Miller Langham Glass Vortex Vase from c1980

A Large Paul Miller Langham Glass Vortex Vase from c1980

A great example of Paul Miller's early work from the 1980's. Now a well established producer in Fakenham in Norfolk, UK

£80.00

R Ellison Engraved Goblet and Paperweight

R Ellison Engraved Goblet and Paperweight

A R Ellison engraved goblet and paperweight from the late 20thC. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£160.00

Pauline Solven & Harry Cowdy Glass Carafe 1978-84

Pauline Solven & Harry Cowdy Glass Carafe 1978-84

A stunning Pauline Solven & Harry Cowdy mottled glass carafe from 1978-84. Cowdy glass established in 1978 by husband and wife team. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

Martin Andrews Midnight Sun Series Bottle Vase

Martin Andrews Midnight Sun Series Bottle Vase

Inspired by summer sunsets in the artic circle. The glass industry in Stourbridge although sadly denuded is still kicking !

£85.00

Rare Form Whitefriars Streaky Vase By Geoffrey Baxter 1971-73

Rare Form Whitefriars Streaky Vase By Geoffrey Baxter 1971-73

A rare Whitefriars streaky vase in rectangular slab form by Geoffrey Baxter in the early 1970's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

Earthtones Globe Vase Isle Of Wight Studio c1975

Earthtones Globe Vase Isle Of Wight Studio c1975

Glass made at one of the three manufactories co0founded by Michael Harris

£70.00

James Powell & Sons - Whitefriars  Bottle Carafe -c1910

James Powell & Sons - Whitefriars Bottle Carafe -c1910

A James Powell & Sons, Whitefriars, arts and crafts bottle carafe from c 1910. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

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 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

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 Gray-stan Footed Glass Bowl c1930

Rare Gray-stan Footed Glass Bowl c1930

The striking colours and patterns of Graystan glass required immense skill and inventiveness.

£255.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£75.00

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

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

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