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Pair of 1930s English Art Deco Elephant Handle pattern Depression Glass Bowls by Sowerby.
Early records establish the Sowerby Glassworks in Gateshead, England circa 1807, as employing many Venetian glass blowers during the 1800's to produce numerous glass works of a Venetian style.
Sowerby then went on to become one of the most prolific of glass factories in their field of pressed glass, following the newly discovered technologies of the period and adapting them to produce items of outstanding desirability. By the 1930's Sowerby Glassworks were firmly positioned to produce amazing Art Deco glass designs, and this pair of bowls are no exception.
The pattern was produced in two sizes. These being the smaller of the two, however as a matched pair they are none the less desirable.
It is the documented pattern number 2164 posy vase, more commonly referred today as "Elephant Handle Bowl" and for obvious reason...
The handles of these bowls have been wonderfully moulded into stylized elephant trunks, held aloft so as to form the handles, with an appealing style. It is a triumphant design by Sowerby, which never fails to please and is timeless.
Further decorative elements are the two panels of foliage and the concave exterior waves which wrap around each bowl to provide additional optic effects. The results achieve items of much beauty which will make a marvellous display for your collection, paired with use.
This enchanting and rarely available PAIR have been produced using one of Sowerby's most delightful of all glass colour variants.
Worth noting is that items such as these, using press moulded glass techniques, would have been a working nightmare for the glass workers to produce with success. The releasing of the glass from their moulds for example, would more often than not be the cause for the handles to droop, sag or to remain unaligned, thus rendered useless as saleable items.
Surprisingly too, is that even though Sowerby were inarguably one of the worldwide leading & introductive exponents of their period using press moulded glass of all varieties, shapes, colours & styles, their usage of Uranium Green was relatively limited, compared to that other factories of the era.
The UV qualities of Uranium Glass would have been an un-known to all glass works throughout the world during its use as an additive. Its sole purpose being either as a stabilizing ingredient to a crystal glass batch, or in the case of green glass in particular, to add a new vibrancy to the transparency of its colour, which in many instances is obviously apparent without the requirement of UV black light being present.
Most other glass factories used Uranium within all of their green coloured glass. Sowerby, however did not. However if you remove the uranium content from any green glass, you take away nothing, in terms of its design or the outstanding incredibility of its production using press moulded glass techniques during the Art Deco era... And all that glitters is not gold, thankfully.
This pair of original 1930s elephant handled bowls produced by Sowerby, England, are simply fabulous examples of Art Deco depression era press moulded glass, which shall delight you, be they uranium or not. Take away modern day UV black light lighting bulbs, and what else remains...?
...We are left with GLASS of historical importance by each and every known factory of the world of who solely depended and relied upon `Glass Design.'
Diameters: 6.5 inches 16.5cms Heights: 3 inches 7.5cms Postage weight: 2k
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