This listing is for a RARE Mt. Washington Burmese Art Glass footed bowl with diamond quilted body, c. 1880s. This unusual bowl has beautiful, rich Burmese coloration in the glass and is decorated with a scalloped border and four applied feet with berry prunt in center of base. This bowl (with a glossy finish) is pictured on page 52 of the book "Mt. Washington Art Glass" by Betty B. Sisk.
Dimensions: 5 5/8" high with an overall width of 6 1/4". Weighs 1.4 pounds.
Condition: This nice bowl is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Being hand made, there is some variation in the width of the applied glass feet, however, the feet are as made with no alterations.
The Mt. 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, Mt. 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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