This listing is for a lovely antique Burmese Art Glass 3-piece fairy lamp with matte (satin) finish made by Thomas Webb in the late 1880's. The Burmese top sits on a clear glass marked Clark's trademark Cricklite insert which holds the candle and has a Burmese glass globe. Burmese glass is highly collected and is also included in all major Art Glass collections. This glass is rare today as it was very expensive to manufacture and was only made for a short period of time.
Dimensions; Burmese base measures 2 3/4" at highest point, 6 1/2" in diameter with a 2 3/4" diameter base. Cricklite insert measures 1 1/2" high and 4" in diameter. Burmese globe measures 3 1/2" high with a 1 1/8" top opening and a 3 1/4" diameter base. Fairy lamp measures 5 3/4" high (assembled). Combined weight is 1.7 pounds.
Condition: All parts are in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
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.
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