New European Cut Glass in Realistic PatternsBy

New European Cut Glass in Realistic Patterns

The vast majority of new mass produced cut glass used to be primarily geometric patterns. The new bowl shown here is an example of increasing use of realistic patterns.

The green overlay cut to clear bowl in Fig. 1 was made in Hungary. It features a barnyard with a rooster, chicks and chickens. The bowl is 10″ diameter by 5″ tall. Thickness of the glass is about one-quarter inch.

Although the new design cannot be traced to one specific original pattern, there are a number of vintage patterns that feature roosters. Among those is the heavy bowl shown in Fig. 5. H.P. Sinclaire also used intaglio cut roosters in various pieces1. Large highly stylized roosters were also cut by Everett Stage for his company Stage-Kashin2,3. Original cut glass pieces with animals are considered scarce and highly desirable. Depending on size and the type of piece, original cut glass pieces with animals can sell in the thousands of dollars. This specific new bowl sold for $250 retail.

This new piece enters the US with a sandblasted mark on the base of two rampant lions and "Design Guild." The miters and geometric cuts are made by a modern diamond wheel. Diamond wheels leave a series of parallel grooves along the cut that are visible with a good quality 10X loupe.

The new bowl is made from a blown blank of generally very good quality. The colorless glass is clear and sharp; the green overlay is smooth and without flaws and has deep color. Cutting is deep and also of good quality.

Just because the bowl is marked doesn't mean the new mark can't be removed and replaced by a forged old-looking mark.

1. H.P. Sinclaire, Jr, Glassmaker. Estelle Sinclaire Farrar, ©1975, Vol 1. plate 8; and Vol II. pg. 68, #79 (out of print).

2. Complete Cut & Engraved Glass of Corning. Farrar/Spillman, #707, (1st ed) Corning Museum of Glass.

3. Rarities in American Cut Glass, Wiener/Liplowitz, pg. 172, ©1975 (out of print).

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Fig. 1 New 5″ high by 10″ diameter cut glass bowl. Green overlay cut to clear. Rooster and chickens in barnyard.

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Fig. 2 Inside view of new bowl. Picket fence and chicken coop top left; rooster center, egg basket, right.

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Fig. 3Another view of inside. Chickens and lattice gate left; chicken coop on right.

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Fig. 4 Sandblasted mark on bottom of new bowl. Actual size about three-quarters inch square.

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Fig. 5 Original cut glass bowl. Three panels with intaglio cut roosters alternate with three panels of fan, hobstar and strawberry diamond. Maker unknown. Photo courtesy J. Michael Pearson, Ency. American Cut & Engraved Glass, Vol II: Realistic Patterns, © 1977.

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Fig. 6 Magnified view of grooves left by modern diamond wheels in miter cuts on new cut glass. Similar cuts in old cut glass are smooth with virtually no sign of grinding marks.