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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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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.

£195.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£65.00

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

£450.00

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.

£375.00

Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

Thomas Webb Filamentosa Vase c1880

A very fine Victorian Thomas Webb Filamentosa vase in excellent condition. For more Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£230.00

Thomas Webb Art Nouveau  Filamentosa Vase c1880

Thomas Webb Art Nouveau Filamentosa Vase c1880

A beautiful Victorian Art Nouveau vase by Thomas Webb. For more art glass including Art Nouveau and Art Deco as well as a wide range of antique glassware please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£270.00

A Whitefriars Ruby Ribbon Trailed Vase Designed by Barnaby Powell Pattern 8886 c1940

A Whitefriars Ruby Ribbon Trailed Vase Designed by Barnaby Powell Pattern 8886 c1940

A stunning ruby red falred vase designed by Barnaby Powell in 1932. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£25.00

Tall Stuart Crystal Solifleur Vase with Jacobite Engraving

Tall Stuart Crystal Solifleur Vase with Jacobite Engraving

A Stuart crystal solifleur vase with later Jacobite engraving. For our range of original Jacobite pieces along with other Georgian wine glasses, drinking glasses, and table glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£85.00

Clyne Farquharson for John Walsh Walsh "Leaf" Bowl 1938

Clyne Farquharson for John Walsh Walsh "Leaf" Bowl 1938

A very fine John Walsh Walsh "leaf" bowl designed and signed by Cylne Farquaharson. For more antique glass including Georgian glassware, Victorian glassware, and 20th century French, Bohemian, and British art glass please visit Scottish Antiques

£325.00

Late 20th Century Perthshire Millefiori Inkwell Paperweight

Late 20th Century Perthshire Millefiori Inkwell Paperweight

A very fine late 20th century Perthshire millefiori inkwell in excellent condition. For more 20th century art glass visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£275.00

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

£475.00

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.

£85.00

A Large John Walsh Walsh Pompeian Glass Bowl with Folded Rim c1930

A Large John Walsh Walsh Pompeian Glass Bowl with Folded Rim c1930

A large John Walsh Walsh Pompeian glass bowl with folded rim

£145.00

Thomas Webb Violet Cameo Fleur Vase c1933

Thomas Webb Violet Cameo Fleur Vase c1933

A stunning Thomas Webb cameo fleur vase from c1933 in excellent condition

£450.00

Stuart & Sons Trailed Rose Bowl c1910

Stuart & Sons Trailed Rose Bowl c1910

A beautiful Stuart & Sons trailed c1910

£275.00

A Gillies  Jones Leaf Footed Vase 1996

A Gillies Jones Leaf Footed Vase 1996

A British art glass, Gillies Jones Leaf Footed Vase from 1996. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£135.00

Webb Pink Cameo Fleur Vase c1933

Webb Pink Cameo Fleur Vase c1933

A pink Webb cameo Fleur vase from c1933 in excellent condition.

£395.00

Tall Webb Cameo Fleur Vase c1933

Tall Webb Cameo Fleur Vase c1933

An amber Webb cameo Fleur vase from c1933 in excellent condition

£395.00

Stevens and Williams Rainbow Bowl c1937

Stevens and Williams Rainbow Bowl c1937

A fantastic Rainbow bowl by Stevens and Williams c1937

£120.00

Caithness Ring Vase Designed by Domahall O'Broin c1965

Caithness Ring Vase Designed by Domahall O'Broin c1965

A peat coloured Caithness ring vase designed by Domahall O'Broin c1965

£85.00

Wedgwood Lilac Top Hat Vase Designed by Ronald Stennett-Wilson c1965

Wedgwood Lilac Top Hat Vase Designed by Ronald Stennett-Wilson c1965

A Wedgwood top hat vase designed by Ronald Stennett-Wilson c1965. Lilac with air bubbles throughout cased in clear glass. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

Signed Royal Brierley Studio Range Red Vase c1990

Signed Royal Brierley Studio Range Red Vase c1990

A signed Royal Brierley Studio range red vase with iridescent finish in excellent condition

£85.00

Dartington Flame Red Top Hat Vase 1968

Dartington Flame Red Top Hat Vase 1968

Dorrington flame red top hat vase designed by Frank Thrower in excellent condition

£75.00

A Stuart & Sons Tadpole Vase for Liberty & Co c1910

A Stuart & Sons Tadpole Vase for Liberty & Co c1910

A Stuart & Sons tadpole vase for Liberty & Co from c1910. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£265.00

A George Elliott Studio Glass Vase c1980

A George Elliott Studio Glass Vase c1980

A superb George Elliott Art Glass Vase c1980 . Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

A Large Hartley Wood Streaky Vase c1930

A Large Hartley Wood Streaky Vase c1930

A Hartley Wood streaky vase

£140.00

A Monumental James Powell Or Stuart & Sons Large Old Amber Vase c1930

A Monumental James Powell Or Stuart & Sons Large Old Amber Vase c1930

A James Powell or Stuart & Sons large old amber vase from c1930. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£120.00

Geoffrey Baxter for Whitfriars Architectural Slab No. 1 1969

Geoffrey Baxter for Whitfriars Architectural Slab No. 1 1969

An architectural slab designed by Geoffrey Baxter for Whitefriars in 1969 in excellent condition

£110.00

An A.Morrice Diamond Stipple Engraved Goblet 1986

An A.Morrice Diamond Stipple Engraved Goblet 1986

An A Morrice diamond stipple engraved goblet from 1986. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

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 Terris 1986

Caithness Cadenza Vase Designed by Colin Terris 1986

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

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