It's always interesting how things come to the attention of the public and how things become collectible. In the case of Dorothy Thorpe, her name has been known and there's been some - but not a lot - of interest in her products for years. But the use of her glasses on the TV show "Mad Men" has taken interest in her work to a completely different level.
Thorpe ran a decorating studio in Los Angeles in the 30s to the 60s. She didn't produce her own glass, but rather, like a number of companies at the time, bought her blanks from a glass company and decorated them for retail. The techniques she used were pretty much limited to sand carving (sand blasting), and silver and platinum. Her decorations were clean, crisp and modern, and at the moment, the most desirable pieces are those simple, modern shapes decorated with a broad band of patinated silver at the rim, a line called commonly called "Silver Band" but actually named Allegro by Thorpe.
This is one of several salad or serving bowls in this pattern. The line was in production across a couple decades and elements of it changed over time, including the shape of blanks, the thickness of the silver deposit and even the patination. The silver band on this piece is very heavy, and very shiny, which means this piece dates to the 1970s.
Size: 10.75" in diameter at the rim, 4.375" tall.
Condition: there are a couple of dark spots along the outer edge of the rim (see pics) where the Rhodium coating has been knocked off, but otherwise, the silver on this piece is fine and as new. Glass is fine as well, no wear or damage.
Item ID: 4201