Tuesday, September 1, 2015


The flowering of the brilliant colors and designs of art glass during the late 1800s stand as a high mark in the history of art glass. France led in producing beautifully patterned cameo glass; Thomas Webb & Co. of England made both cameo and other high quality products; but it was in America that new styles and shades of art glass dominated the field.
The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London provided the impetus fro many new innovations in the decorative arts. Victorian ideas of ‘good taste’ were changing, and manufacturers were rushing to satisfy these new desires. In the forefront of the American glass companies were the New England Glass Works, Mount Washington Glass Co., and Hobbs, Brockunier & Co (Wheeling). Libbey and Dorflinger also became known for brilliant cut glass.


Peachblow, made to resemble the colors of Chinese Peachbloom porcelain, was produced by several glass houses in the 1880s, each with slight variation. Wild Rose is the name that New England Glass gave to its peachblow, which turns shades from pink to cool white. Mt. Washington glass turns from peach to ivory. Wheeling produced cased peachblow, transparent glass with an opaque white lining.
Amberina, another coveted color, is amber glass that has been reheated to develop a red color on only one part of the glass. American examples seldom have decoration; floral designs are found mainly on Bohemian and English copies.

Other designs imitated delicate porcelain. Mt. Washington’s Crown Milano is an opal glass, free blown of pattern molded glass, tinted a delicate color and decorated with enameling and gilt. .
The craze for Victorian art glass lasted into the 20th century, when it was outstripped by the Art Nouveau creations of Tiffany and Frederic Carder of Steuben. Barbara Williams Sackett

I have always had a passion for Victorian Art Glass. My collection can be seen at the Antique Plaza Antique Mall 114 West Main Street Dealer 117 on the East Wall you will find my case filled with a portion of my collection for sale. These examples in the post are similar to what you will find a the Plaza.

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