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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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Large Whitefriars Amethyst Glass Charger c1950

Large Whitefriars Amethyst Glass Charger c1950

A Whitefriars encased bubble glass bowl for collectors

£150.00

Green Monochrome Trailed Glass Bowl c1910

Green Monochrome Trailed Glass Bowl c1910

A green glass bowl made in Stourbridge England for sale

£80.00

Wedgewood Roman Cameo Portrait Paperweight c1970

Wedgewood Roman Cameo Portrait Paperweight c1970

A paperweight by Wedgewood featuring a fine Roman portrait

£25.00

Cobalt Blue Art Glass Vase

Cobalt Blue Art Glass Vase

A mottled art glass vase for sale

£65.00

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

£75.00

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

Large Stevens & Williams Rainbow Glass Bowl

A British art glass design classic. Stevens and Williams

£80.00

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

£650.00

Whitefriars Optical Moulded Ruby Glass Vase

Whitefriars Optical Moulded Ruby Glass Vase

A Whitefriars optical moulded ruby glass vase from the 1960s designed by Geoffrey Baxter

£55.00

Pair of Whitefriars Ruby Glass Dimple Vases Pattern 9631

Pair of Whitefriars Ruby Glass Dimple Vases Pattern 9631

A pair of Whitefriars ruby glass vases from the 1960s designed by Geoffrey Baxter

£65.00

Pair of Whitefriars Sea Green Glass Vases

Pair of Whitefriars Sea Green Glass Vases

A pair of Whitefriars sea green vases from the 1930's. This pattern is one of the more simple of the designs to come out of the Whitefriars glassworks

£65.00

Rare Large Thomas Webb Iridescent Glass Urn c1900

Rare Large Thomas Webb Iridescent Glass Urn c1900

Probably one of the first successful attempts by glassmakers in the 19th century to replicate the iridescence occurring on excavated ancient glass. Webb's bronze was referred to as Green Bronze in their pattern books

£490.00

Graystan Malted Brown Over White Vase c1930

Graystan Malted Brown Over White Vase c1930

A superb and rare example of signed Graystan art glass. An organic piece of glass if that were ever truly possible.

£90.00

Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Signed ‘Tortoiseshell’ Glass Charger

Rare Isle of Wight Michael Harris Signed ‘Tortoiseshell’ Glass Charger

Isle of Wight Michael Harris glass charger in the ‘Tortoiseshell’ pattern, large chargers are very rare and could only be made by Michael Harris himself

£475.00

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.

£240.00

A Blue and White Scottish Colour Twist Wine Goblet

A Blue and White Scottish Colour Twist Wine Goblet

A colour twist winr glass with a capacious bowl. This modern variant gives 18th century style for less

£85.00

An Amethyst and White ColourTwist Wine Goblet

An Amethyst and White ColourTwist Wine Goblet

Mike Hunter is one of a gifted few able to execute twist stemware to the standards of 18th century glassmakers. His twist glasses are rarer than 18th century equivelanst, he has not made that many.

£85.00

Scottish Yellow Colour Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

Scottish Yellow Colour Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

This goblet is better suited better to modern dining than 18th century equivalents. The Georgian canary yellow colour twist is a dream to ll but the most fortunate of collectors . However a 21st century colour twist is a fantastic proxy and may be used wi

£100.00

A Red and White Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

A Red and White Opaque Twist Wine Goblet

The art of twist glassware is far from over, a handful of glassmakers including Mike Hunter are continuing to deploy the requisite techniques. This glass is a testament to his skill, the quality is simply outstanding.

£90.00

Scottish Red And White Colour Opaque Twist Dram Glass

Scottish Red And White Colour Opaque Twist Dram Glass

A 21st century take on an 18th century style, many have attempted to recreate the twist stemware of the Georgian era and few have succeded. Mike Hunter is one of the few. Own a colour twist at the fraction of the price of the 18th century equivalant.

£58.00

Pair of Whitefriars Trailed Glass Bowls

Pair of Whitefriars Trailed Glass Bowls

A pair of Whitefriars trailed glass bowls from the 1950s. This design was only made in ruby red.

£38.00

Whitefriars Knobbly Cased Glass Vase

Whitefriars Knobbly Cased Glass Vase

Whitefriars knobbly cased glass vase, designed by William Wilson and Harry Dyer pattern number 9608

£35.00

Pair of Whitefriars Amber Glass Tumblers 1960

Pair of Whitefriars Amber Glass Tumblers 1960

Pair of 20th century Whitefriars golden amber glass tumblers

£25.00

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