This listing is for a lovely example of Thomas Webb's decorated Burmese Art Glass in the Hawthorn pattern, c. 1890. This nice miniature vase has a satin finish with beautiful coloration in the glass with an enamel decorated design featuring small blue and pink flowers and large pointed leaves in shades of green and brown. Nice hexagon shaped slender top with a round lower body. Made by Thomas Webb & Sons in England.
Dimensions: 2 1/4" high, 2 1/2" wide with a 1 1/2" wide top (measuring from flat side to flat side). Weighs 3.5 ounces.
Condition: This nice Burmese miniature vase is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
History: 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. Fenton produces a line of Burmese glass today, however, their product is much heavier, always signed and is never confused with the earlier hand made glass.
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