This listing is for a lovely Burmese glass fairy lamp with matte (satin) finish made by Thomas Webb in the late 1880's. The Burmese top sits on a Clark's Trademark Cricklite clear glass base.
Dimensions: 5" high and 4" wide (as shown). The shade measures 3 3/4" high and 3 1/4" in diameter. Base measures 1 5/8" high and 4" in diameter. Combined weight is 11 ounces.
Condition: Both the Burmese shade and Clark's base are in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
The Mount Washington Glass Company originally produced Burmese glass as the creation of Frederick Shirley in the early 1880's. The color was achieved by adding uranium oxide and gold to a batch of opal glass which created a yellow opaque glass that became salmon colored when reheated. Further reheating would turn the salmon back to yellow. This glass has a brilliant glow similar to Vaseline glass when exposed to a black light.
In 1886, Mount Washington gave permission to Thomas Webb to produce Burmese glass in England and slightly later other major glass companies created their version of this popular and costly art glass. Expensive to produce, none of the companies produced Burmese glass in a large quantity. The glass is thin and fragile and has always been a desired addition to any Art Glass collection.
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