Morgantown Janice Bowl Ritz Blue & Alabaster

This has got to be one of the prettiest pieces of glass I have ever seen. I t was hand made by the Old Morgantown Glass Guild during the 1930's. It is an enormous console or centerpiece bowl in cobalt blue and milk glass, (which Morgantown called "Ritz Blue" and "Alabaster," respectively).

The contrast between the two colors is very striking and very modern. The bowl has an amazingly simple shape --its basically a flared-out cone-- that is really too minimalist to be properly called Art Deco, although this piece would fit well into an Art Deco decor. It is really more forward-looking, more Modernist than Deco.

It is really a very sexy, stylish piece of glass; it's the sort of thing you wouldn't be surprised to see in a modern apartment in a Hollywood movie of the 30's or early 40's.

The Janice pattern bowl is hard to find. It is rarer in Ritz Blue with a crystal edge, but with the Alabaster edge, it is probably one of the rarest and best pieces Morgantown ever made. This particular example is even more unusual because of the turned-up rim, which gives the bowl an almost triangular shape from above.

The bowl is about 15.5" in diameter (Morgantown catalogs list this as a 13" bowl, but they were done free-hand). It stands about 5.25" tall at the highest point of the rim.

Condition is excellent; there is acceptable wear to the base --some very light scratches, but two or three heavier ones. The base is polished and the pontil has been ground out. There is a mark in the well of the bowl, about 2" long. It is not a scratch, but it doesn't seem to come off; it looks like something heavy rubbed against the bowl there. There is also one open bubble on the interior of the bowl. It is smaller than a grain of rice, and about three inches in from the rim. This is a manufacturing defect that is all but unavoidable in a piece this large. (The only way the best glass houses deal with this sort of flaw is to destroy every flawed piece). There is no other wear or damage to the piece.

Book value, according to Jeffrey Snyder's book, which was published a few years ago, is $600-675. Make us an offer; we're reasonable people.

Item ID: 0878

$250 USD

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