This listing is for an unusual Burmese Art Glass vase by Thomas Webb with enamel decoration, c. 1890. This nice vase has a long round neck wide squared lower body with dimpled sides. A similar vase is pictured on page 67 of the book "Mt. Washington Art Glass & Webb Burmese" by Betty B. Sisk.
Dimensions: 5 5/8" high with a 1 1/2" diameter opening, an overall width of 3" (at flat side) and a 2 3/8" diameter base. Weighs 8.9 ounces.
Condition: This nice Burmese vase is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Enameling is not worn or faded.
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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