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The development of Cranberry Glass, is arguably the greatest achievement within the realm of coloured glass. This fabulous glass, first appeared circa 1630, and was the discovery of Johann Kunckel, a German chemist of the period. Its formation was produced by the addition of Gold Chloride being added to a clear crystal batch. Modern-day examples have replaced this with copper, however the early pieces such as offered here can contain as much one imperial ounce of gold.
Rubinglas, as the name suggests is Ruby glass, which by its own definition contains even more true carat gold. The high costs involved to produce these items lead to Cranberry glass adaption, for it used far less gold to produce whilst also allowing for more translucency and affordability to the masses.
Cranberry glass, also allows for more delicacy and control of depth of colour, which of course is to its advantage, as it has provided amazing varieties which are now enjoyed and cherished by collectors of this wonderful glass.
Its true beauty however, is when lit by means of natural light particularly from behind. This makes this glass ideal therefore, to be displayed upon window sills. Cranberry Glass beauty when displayed near to a window for example, becomes ever more attractive, as my photographs perhaps amply illustrate.
And so how about this vase, I now hear you ask, who made it, what is its age and condition?
Well, the vase is unsigned as are so many like it, for it is entirely unique having been free blown & hand tooled by a Master English Glass Blower pre 1910,at Stourbridge,England,an area where undoubtedly the finest producers of the period anywhere in the world crafted this glass type, with such velocity, paired with quality.
The marvellously formed top of this vase would suggest the piece of Bohemian origin, due to its flamboyance & exaggeration (which in Victorian England, was not a common or then current fashion as yet for these glass types) however,the very methods which this vase has been blown,is its pedigree "signature" as an English Stourbridge, true antique piece.
Factories such as Stevens & Williams, Thomas Webb, Richardson and also Stuart etc. produced the finest of cranberry glass in the world.
The glassworks of America which produced this glass variety were mainly in New England. This also so happens to be where cranberries are grown and so then (just as now) never short of a good idea when it comes to marketing, the term "Cranberry Glass" was coined, for it describes it's beautiful colour so very well.
I can only "HOPE" that I am not boring you,but my explanations should be addressed & shared.
Had this vase not been made in here in England it would have been produced from the base FIRSTLY, to the top, an exact OPPOSITE method of free blown glass of this age at Stourbridge & throughout England of this period.
Most,if not ALL,free blown English glass vases of this vintage and by every factory producing these items, used three stages to produce,despite their colour variations or additional features.
The vase "body shape" was firstly formed,which in the case of this piece, blown by mouth into a wooden pegged mould,so as to achieve its bulbous and wrythen pattern, which has been vertically ribbed, inside and out to provide amazing optic effects.
Once then completed,it is the glass FOOT,which must be formed,and I use the word "MUST," as being critical, if these vase types are ever to exist.
It is the most challenging of procedures to any such item of glass.
Technical knowledge combined with many enjoyable years of practice, are required to create a glass foot of this size and uniform.
To produce ANY free blown item of glass with ANY degree of accuracy, even at 2 inches in height (with a round foot) is an achievement which requires exacting levels of skillful control. One slightest mistake here and the entire piece is destined for nothing.
I am often asked: "...How is it that you can make such beautiful glass in no time at all.. you seem to be able to produced it so quickly!"
One has to realize that glass as a working molten medium, has GOT TO BE worked quickly. One cannot for example, blow the vase shape, return to it again in few minutes to attach a handle for example or to crimp its top, go out for lunch and then come back to apply its foot. The entire working procedures from start to finish have got to be done as quickly and as efficiently as is possible, due the fact that the entire item has to be more-or-less at the exact precise temperature throughout each and every working procedure and particularly whilst allowing it to cool. If this vase for example, was made and stood in anything else but an annealing oven where the decreasing heat can be accurately controlled over a length of time, it would crack and disintegrate in matter of moments and so the less working time spent upon ANY free blown glass,the better is its final result. The tiniest amount of impurity, can render glass to being useless. Many items of glass can take several days or more, to anneal, for any glass dislikes any degree of sudden change in temperature due to its molecular structure.
If you love Cranberry glass, then this is certainly the vase for you. It is offered to you here, completely free of any damage at all and is a remarkable achievement of historical beauty.
Height: 9 inches Top diameter: 5 inches Foot diameter: 3.25 inches Unground pontil to its central base. Postage weight: 2k 200gms
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