Lot Preview: Glass

More lots from our upcoming Antiques & Fine Art auction (22nd April)!

This time we’re showing off some of the glass lots going under the hammer (not literally!), a beautiful 18th century Silesian wine glass and a collection of timeless cranberry glassware items:


19th century Silesian wine glass in excellent condition
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An 18th century Silesian wine glass c.1720 with a ruby glass zwischengold medallion bearing the coat of arms of the Electorate of Saxony. It stands 9.5cm tall, 5.7cm diameter across the foot and 5cm diameter across the top of the bowl. The glass is in excellent condition with no visible chips or cracks.


On Bohemian Glass – Wikipedia Entry

Bohemian glass, sometimes referred to as Bohemia crystal, is glass produced in the regions of Bohemia and Silesia, now parts of the Czech Republic. It has a centuries long history of being internationally recognised for its high quality, craftsmanship, beauty and often innovative designs.


On Bohemian Art Glass – Collectors Weekly Entry

Bohemian art glass was made in and around the present-day Czech Republic during the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil era. Antique pieces in this genre most often consist of a classic vase form that has been hand-worked and sometimes deformed into swirling, organic-looking shapes like seashells, flowers, and tree trunks. Decorative vases, cups, and pitchers were popular forms, and many of the pieces have an iridescent sheen from the firing and reduction techniques used at the time.

The movement grew out of a rich tradition of Bohemian glass making, which goes back to the 16th and 17th centuries. But it was the Marmoriertes and Lithyalin glass of the mid-19th century that really paved the way for the iridescent Art Nouveau art glass that contemporary collectors are most familiar with.


If you’d like to find out more about Bohemian/Silesian glass make sure to check out this short but definitive paper by Andrew Lineham on the History of Bohemian glass or the Collectors Weekly entry quoted above.

 

Antique Cranberry Glass Lamp
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An antique cranberry glass hand held oil lamp.

 

Antique Victorian Cranberry Glass Lidded Jar with Clear Glass Finial.
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An antique Victorian cranberry glass barrel shaped lidded jar with clear glass finial, pontil mark to base.

 

Antique cranberry glass sugar sifter with silver top.
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An antique cranberry glass sugar sifter with EPNS top.

 

Antique Cranberry Glass Bon-Bon Dish
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An antique cranberry glass bon-bon dish with white glass foot, pontil mark to base.

 

Antique cranberry glass salt in silver 3 footed stand.
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An antique cranberry glass salt seated in a 3 footed EPNS stand with ball & claw feet.

 

Antique cranberry glass lipped jug with clear glass handle.
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An antique cranberry glass lipped jug with white glass handle and pontil mark to base.

 

Antique cranberry glass vase.
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An antique cranberry glass vase with internal fluted decoration and pontil mark to base.


On Cranberry Glass –

Cranberry glass or ‘Gold Ruby’ glass is a red glass made by adding gold salts or colloidal gold to molten glass. The glass is used primarily in expensive decorations. Cranberry glass is made in craft production rather than in large quantities, due to the high cost of the gold. The glass is typically hand blown or molded.

The origins of cranberry glass making are murky. Some historians believe a form of this glass was first made in the late Roman Empire. The craft was then lost and rediscovered in the 17th century by either Johann Kunckel in Potsdam or by the Florentine glassmaker Antonio Neri in Italy. But neither of them knew the mechanism which yielded the colour. Chemist and winner of the 1925 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Richard Adolf Zsigmondy was able to understand and explain that small colloids of gold were responsible for the red colour. The most famous period of cranberry glass production was in 19th century Britain during the Victorian Era.

Legend holds that cranberry glass was first discovered when a noble tossed a gold coin into a mixture of molten glass. This legend is almost certainly not true, as the gold must be dissolved in aqua regia before being added to the molten glass.


If you’d like to find out more about Cranberry Glass you can check out this great article by Pamela Wiggins.



Our auction catalogue is now online!

If you are interested in bidding on any of these lots take a look at our online catalogue. If you wish to leave a commission bid, request a condition report or get further details on an item please contact us via the details at the top right of the website. As with all our sales online bidding is also available through the-saleroom.com, follow the link to bid from around the world or in the comfort of your own home.


If you wish to come and view the items in person our viewing times are:

Saturday 18th April 10:00 – 12:30 GMT
Monday 20th April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Tuesday 21st April 10:00 – 17:00 GMT
Sale Day Wednesday 22nd April 8:30 – 10:00 GMT

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