Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on Italian Murano Glass
In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with at guest, Richard Wright, of Wright in Chicago talks about fine 20th-century. Italian Murano glass, such as Venini & Barovier. If the subject sounds interesting, be sure to check out the important glass collection auction slated for June 8, 2013. Listen […]
Six Bottle, Flask & Glass Hat Whimsey Collections Head to Auction
WOODSTOCK, Conn. — An impressive selection of more than 200 antique bottles and flasks from several prominent collections will be offered at absentee Internet-only auction slated for May 13 through 22 by Norman C. Heckler & Company. Billed as the May Opportunity Auction, it will be open to online bids, with no printed catalog or […]
Art Glass, Collection of European Ivory Figurals to Lead A. B. Levy’s Event
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – In a tightly packed auction that will include an exclusive collection of 40 pieces of art glass, an outstanding 13-piece collection of European ivory, French furniture—to include stunning pieces by Francois Linke—bidders will find just 175 lots to compete for at A. B. Levy’s West Palm Beach facility. The small-in-size […]
Toys, Glass, Petroliana Fetch Top Dollar in Auction
RAYMOND, Ill. — A standard-glaze portrait vase bearing the likeness of a cocker spaniel sold for $2,640 on the last day of a three-day auction held Feb. 15 thorough 17 hosted by Matthews Auctions. The 13-inch vase, signed “M. Timberlake,” was in good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was the top achiever […]
Auction Report: Washington Flask Takes Top Lot at Glassware Auction
WOODSTOCK, Conn. — A big, beautiful and colorful portrait flask showing George Washington and a classical bust—possibly that of the noted 19th-century American orator Henry Clay—soared to $60,840 to take top honors in an Internet and catalog auction held by Norman C. Heckler & Company. The sale opened on Jan. 27 and closed Feb. 6. […]
Imperial Art Glass: Elegant Stretch Glass
Imperial Art Glass is, without a doubt, the most elegant of the stretch glass lines, not only because of its base colors or shapes, but because of the richness of its stretch effect. This line was introduced in 1916 by Imperial and represents the highest standards by which all stretch glass is compared. Unfortunately, Imperial’s […]
The Collector’s Minute: Venetian Murano Glass
Murano glass has a very long history. In 1292, an ordinance was passed in the city of Venice that banished glass making to the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon. According to some historians, the reason was partly to protect other buildings from fires (which commonly started in glass works; the Great Fire of […]
It can be difficult to identify unknown art glass. I’ve studied 20th Century glass for a very long time, and have learned how to spot the clues that point in the direction of identification, but it doesn’t always end well. Often, after months of research in my library and on the web, after following every clue I could squeeze out the object, I end up more confused then when I began.
The Timeless Art of Venetian Glass
At the start of 13th century, the city of Venice was the known world’s major hub of glassmaking. Its glassmaking secrets had been refined throughout time as a result of commerce with the Islamic territories of Levant and North Africa. By the late 13th century, glassmakers on the group of islands off the coast of Venice, called Murano, had perfected the art with brilliant methods and recipes.
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?