This listing is for a beautiful English Thomas Webb Burmese Art Glass miniature vase decorated with a fig design, c. 1890.
This lovely vase has a glossy finish with beautiful coloration in the glass and nice details in the enameling. Vase has a tightly crimped upper rim with elongated body that widens at base. Nice florescent glow under black light. This vase is pictured on page 61 of the book "Mt. Washington Art Glass" by Betty B. Sisk.
Dimensions: 4 1/4" high with a top diameter of 2 1/2" and vase diameter of 2 1/2". Weighs 5 ounces.
Condition: This nice vase is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
History: 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/rose colored when reheated. Further reheating would turn the salmon/rose 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.
Fenton also produced a line of Burmese glass, however, their product is much heavier, always signed and is never confused with the earlier glass.
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