This is a pair of rainbow art glass vases, most likely from the Stourbridge region of England, but perhaps Bohemian or American. Most of the English rainbow art glass was produced by Stevens and Williams but glass makers migrated to other countries, taking their skills with them, and so rainbow glass was produced elsewhere using the same techniques. The date is circa 1900.
The vases are a matching pair and are in the shape of a gourd. They are 8 ½” high and 4” wide at the belly.
The colors swirl diagonally upwards around the vases in ribs or panels. If you put your fingers inside the vase you can feel the ribs. The primary rainbow colors are pink (cranberry or pale ruby), blue and yellow. The eyes see the colors blend and it is a magical effect.
The rim is round. The pontils are small, round, indented, polished, but with the remains of a rod break-off at the bottom of the pontil; one pontil has a dark fleck in the glass.
The glass has some air bubbles and folds; one vase has a few specks from the kiln in the glass. On the neck there are some fissures between the ribs that are part of the glassmaking process, due to the ribs getting tighter going towards the top. There are no chips or nicks.
Rainbow glass is scarce is today’s antique market.
English Pair Rainbow Art Glass 8 ½” Vases Gourd Shape Ribbed Gorgeous Colors c 1900
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