This listing is for a STUNNING rare example of Thomas Webb's decorated Queens Burmese Art Glass. Footed pieces with the berry pontil are rare and this is an unusually large size bowl, c. 1890. This lovely bowl has a satin finish with beautiful coloration in the glass and wonderful details in the enameling that features a design with roses. The hand painted decoration with roses is more unusual than the normal decoration found on Webb Burmese pieces. Top of bowl has a "squared" shape with rounded corners and sits on four feet with a textured "berry" applied over the pontil. Beginning in the area where the pink shades to yellow, there are rays of pink extending down the body of the bowl, narrowing as they reach the berry pontil. This feature is also very unusual on this type glass.
Dimensions: 5" high with an overall width of 6 1/2". Weighs 1.10 pounds.
Condition: Bowl is in excellent Estate condition with no chips, cracks or repairs.
Background: The Mt. Washington Glass Company originally produced Burmese glass in 1885 as the creation of Frederick Shirley. 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. This glass has a brilliant glow (fluorescence) 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. As this glass was expensive to produce, none of the companies produced Burmese glass in large quantities.
The story goes that when Queen Victoria was presented with a Burmese tea set from the Mt. Washington Company, not only did she love the glass, she stated that the glass reminded her of a Burmese sunset. She was so thrilled with the glass that when the Webb Company in England obtained from Mt. Washington the license to produce Burmese glass, they named the glass "Queens Burmese Ware" with her Majesty's permission.
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