Beautiful Purple Art Glass Decanter

Beautiful Purple Art Glass Decanter

I’m new to the art glass collecting hobby. My main interest is Scandinavian art glass. I found this at a garage sale. To me, it looks like Scandinavian glass and I am wondering if it could have been made by Holmegaard around the 1950s. I’ve uploaded the image into my profile. Any suggestions?

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  1. Lisa Huff says:

    Hi Diane,

    Awesome decanter. The stopper is fabulous.

    Couple of questions: How tall is it and how much does it weigh? I’ll use the height and weight to determine the thickness of the glass.

    On the base (where the bottom of the decanter meets a surface) do you see any tiny scratches forming a circle around the outer edge? If so, does it appear light or heavy? This is called “bottom-wear” and it helps estimate the age of the bottle.

    A pontil mark is the area where the glassmakers rod was attached to the vessel. It is located in the center of the base. It is a blob, a swirl or a polished mark?

    Is the real color true to the color in the image?

    Any info on the previous owner?


  2. Diane Peltman says:

    Hi Lisa, it is 16″ tall and weighs about 3 pounds. There are many scratches on the bottom encircling the base. The pontil mark looks polished like a half globe. The color looks like a smoky purple and it is very close the the color in the image.


  3. Lisa Huff says:

    The “smoked” purple color indicates the late 1940s through early 1960s. Famous art glass makers of the time called this color “grape” and “lavender”. It’s appears to be the color of a light concord grape. It’s a valued shade of purple and not often seen.

    Another clue to it’s I.D. is the vertical optic panels, popular in the same era and provided by fine makers such as Kosta Boda, Tiffin, Whitefriars, Steuben, and more. Tiffin called this panel optic decor ” Swedish Optic”. During the mid 20th century, everybody loved everything Swedish. The Swedish Modern decor style is highly collectible today.

    The stopper is unique and valuable. The color matches the body exactly, so it is “original to the bottle”. Sometimes great old decanters are found with “married” stoppers. A “married stopper” is one that was found separately of the bottle and joined with it to replace an original lost or broken stopper. In this case we don’t have to consider a possible marriage because the color is rare, and both pieces match color exactly. Plus the stopper’s pattern obviously goes with the bottle.

    Very nice find at a garage sale!! If it has no damage it may bring over $300, at least. Because it is so unusual and beautiful. Perhaps more. It’s unsigned and I haven’t seen an exact example of it before. But we can point to the decor era of the mid-20th century for sure.

    So how did you pay for it? LOL.

  4. Diane Peltman says:

    $10.00 LOL. Thanks Lisa! I’m hoping it’s from Kosta Boda! Will keep researching and let you know if I find out who made it. Thanks for the great tips!

  5. Lisa Huff says:

    Another glass maker to research is Duncan Miller. They have a optic pattern like this called “Festive”. The style of Festive is retro modern atomic, which matches this decanter.

  6. SISTA says:

    Hi Lisa…. Yes, I’ll look up Duncan Miller. You are SO full of information and surely know a LOT about art glass. I appreciate all your help with this piece. I have changed my name to Mankowski….. I just got married. So if you need to change that please do so. I never did like Peltman. LOL… Also, I must have registered twice with Worthologist. My member number is 76777… Which number should I keep? Thanks for your help. Diane

  7. Kerry says:

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could tell me about a decanter that I found at a thrift store. I dont have a picture however its really easy to describe. It’s purple glass and has a squareish boxy shape to it with a dented circular middle.

    Please help.

    Many thanks.