Searching for Glass
Basketweave and Medallion is one of the most complex Victorian pressed glass patterns. The only known shapes are two lamps: the pedestal, or stand, lamp and a footed hand lamp. A reproduction of the 10 1/2 stand lamp has just been released. The new lamps are available in crystal clear, green, cobalt blue, white milk glass, and transparent pink.
The end of WW I brought numerous changes to the Czech glass houses, but the during the period after WW II they were completly reorganized.
More reproductions of Handels parrot reverse painted lamp shades are coming into the market. The new shades are being made in four sizes: 16, 14, 12 and 8inch diameters. New shades are handpainted in China and sell for $18 to $80 depending on size.
During the last weeks of December 2004, Rosso Wholesale Glass liquidated a large group of reproduction cameo glass marked Galle.
L.E. Smith has reissued a classic shape in milk glass that was first introduced in the 1950s. The large 12-inch piece has a covered chicken in the center of a platter with scallops for 12 eggs. Smith reissued the same piece in clear glass in 2000 (see ACRN July 2000).
Cameo glass reproductions have taken another step towards becoming more like vintage originals. While copies of old signatures and marks have been used for years now, this batch of reproductions has duplicated old patterns and tries to imitate specific decorative techniques found on original French cameo glass. Mold-blown, Galle, blown-out, hammering, Tip, T-I-P, French, Daum, Pierre, Art Nouveau, Pontil
A one-cup measuring cup with a reamer top has been reproduced in opaque blue glass commonly referred to as Delphite by collectors.
This 13 tall lead crystal compote is constructed like Victorian glassware. The figural nude pedestal is attached while hot to a separately shaped bowl above and a thick flat base below. Matching 9 figural candlesticks are also available.
By far the greatest majority of reproductions are now being made in China and India. Both countries have literally millions of low wage workers and governments that impose practically no environmental regulations.