Large Cambridge Buddha reproducedBy Mark Chervenka
Large Cambridge Buddha reproduced
The large glass Buddha figure originally made by the Cambridge Glass Company in the 1920s has been reproduced. One of the reproduction pieces was shown during an information session at the National Cambridge Collector's Association annual auction. The new piece shown was transparent greenish yellow in color. Another Buddha reproduction has been confirmed in transparent blue.
While neither new color is an exact match to a Cambridge original, both are reported to be fairly close to original factory colors. The blue approximates Cambridge Blue #2; the greenish yellow approaches Cambridge Topaz.
At this time only the larger Buddha, catalog #521, is known to be reproduced. The smaller Cambridge 5½″ Buddha, catalog #520, is not known to be reproduced. The small Cambridge Buddha however is often confused with the Gillinder Buddha which has been reproduced.
The new Buddhas were made by Summit Glass Company. Summit owns many original Cambridge molds. Summit acquired the molds from Imperial Glass when that company was liquidated. Among the Cambridge molds owned by Summit are over 29 Caprice shapes and the large Bashful Charlotte flower holder.
Original 7¾″ Cambridge Buddhas sell between $250-$450.