Q & A with Harry Rinker: Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Cigar Box
QUESTION: I have an English sterling silver cigarette box with a tortoiseshell lid. It measures approximately 7 inches by 4 inches by 3 inches. Since […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Venini Art Glass
The famous Venini glassworks was established in 1921 by Paolo Venini on the island of Murano near Venice.
The Glass Art of the Cambridge Glass Company
The Cambridge Glass Co. was one of America’s premier glass companies in the 20th century. It was founded in 1873, but its factory did not open in Cambridge, Ohio until 1901. The factory’s first piece of glass was a three pint pitcher produced in May, 1902.
After ownership changes, the company went out of business in 1958 as a result of the influx of cheap, foreign made glass.
Lotton Art Glass Values Increase, as Predicted
Seldom do we get to see our forecasts come true in a short period of time, but my projection of Lotton Glass becoming the next art glass to have the investment value of Tiffany is playing out right before my very eyes. I made this prediction last June 13, 2007 in a news article.