That this vase was produced by the very same person as other vases within my collection is unquestionable. I kindly ask you to view my group photograph within this page listing, which can substantiate this with clarity.
The smaller vase as is shown (which is also currently available) uses the exact same identical working approach to produce the style & form as this piece, and that in itself is its hallmark, however that is also where the familiarity ends, as this vase is slightly earlier in date and has been produced using an entirely different glass variety... More importantly is that THIS vase unlike the smaller & similar example was made at an entirely different glass factory...
... The very subtle difference which enables one to differentiate and determine this, is by a closer inspection of the top frill itself, which at first glance appears to be the same and yet it has its own characteristic that is often overlooked, until known.
Note how with this vase, that the top right edge all faces inwards, whilst the top left edge faces further out. This feature alone is enough to suggest that this vase was produced in the Northern region of England, and was produced no later than c1910.
It is no small wonder perhaps, that whoever made THIS vase at Burtles,Tate & Co., Manchester, was either lured by or took himself to the more lucrative and arguably more famous glass factory of Thomas Webb, further South in Stourbridge, England, where once there would have gone on to produce the smaller of these two vase types.
During my more active years as a collector of English Victorian decorative glass, I would search high & low for these vase types and many others like them, and in particular any within my budget which were produced at Stourbridge, England by Stevens & Williams or by Thomas Webb, who between them inarguably produced the most incredible of all free blown glass of the era. Both of these factories and many more besides, exchanged, used, employed and even enticed glass makers from each other and even further afield throughout Europe.
This gorgeous vase of the same era though produced at Burtles, Tate & Co., as can also be seen, is none the less desirable either.
To me, each & every example of free blown English Victorian decorative glass vases, have a stand-alone beauty of their own. This vase is no exception to that rule, however so diverse & sensational is this collective period of English glass production, that when these vase types are grouped and/or added to, one can quickly establish an area of display which quite frankly is second to none, in my personal view, and they bring pleasure to our eyes each & every day with their joyful expression and breath taking splendour...
...I mean: Just LOOK at this enchanting vase!
It displays levels of glass working skill & craftsmanship that is unique to Burtles, Tate & co. combined with the quality which one associates to all of the major glass works throughout England during its time of manufacture.
This sensational example has a captivating presence which borders upon the `surreal' in terms of its incredibly flamboyant styling, and it is an example of glass that is almost `alive' as it possesses eye-catching fluidity & movement, seldom seen.
Its colour type is also unique, which almost borders upon cranberry glass as a variety, however the colour of this glass can best be described as being orange-amber and rather like a colour shade which we see upon Amberina glass items.
To produce this glass colour requires additions of Gold Chloride being added to a clear crystal batch, together with traces of Sulphur; Selenium; Iron and Carbon. This combination, was then cased in pure clear transparent crystal, as can be noted at the stem-base of the vase, which attaches to it its clear crystal foot. which as can be noted also contains uranium glass qualities throughout...
This is a vase which never fails to please, it is a pure delight to behold and its glass colour variety is as unique as the very master glass blower who designed it and then went on to produce it as is.
Height: 9.5 inches Widest top diameter: 5 inches Foot diameter: 3 inches Postage weight: 1k 400gms
Item ID: JJ680
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