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Kew Blas Pulled Feather Pattern Vase by Union Glass
This gorgeous vase was produced c. 1920 by Union Glass as part of their Kew Blas series. Elegantly shaped this vase is decorated with a pulled feather pattern of emerald green with gold highlights. This d©cor is on a satin finished, slightly iridescent ivory base. The interior rim of the vase is also finished in gold.
Dimensions: Approximately 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in) tall.
Signature: "KEW BLAS" script on base.
Condition: Excellent. No cracks, chips or repairs.
Reference: A very similar piece is depicted in Judith Miller's "20th Century Glass" page 125 (see photo).
A Note About the Manufacturer:
The Union Glass Company was established in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1851 and subsequently closed in 1924. Along with the production of pressed and silvered glass, Union Glass was responsible for Kew Blas glassware.
The Kew Blas brand was created for a line of iridescent glass produced from 1890 to 1924. The name is a scrambled spelling of the name of the factory manager at the time: W. S. Blake.
Kew Blas production implemented iridescent and pulled patterns made popular at the time by other prominent brands such as Quezal and Tiffany. In fact, Thomas Johnson, an English immigrant who was previously employed by Tiffany and was a founding member of the Quezal team eventually left to join Union Glass in 1907, in order to become involved in the production of Kew Blas glassware.
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