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British Art Glass279 of 323Turn of the Century Stevens Williams Applied Glass Vase WHITEFRIARS OR STUART DECANTER
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Posted 2 years ago


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I bought this fazzoletto vase at the Surry Hills markets about ten years ago and it has remained a bit of a mystery to me. I have found one similar on the Chance glass site ( and they attribute it as a possible Chance piece.
Chance is an English glass firm with a long history going back to Robert Lucas Chance in 1828. They made glass for the Crystal Palace in London in 1851 and the greenhouses at Chatsworth House. In 1945 the company was taken over by Pilkington glass. They specialised in flat sheet glass.

I suppose another way of using flat glass is to create these handkerchief or 'fazzoletto' vases. The form became an icon of the modernist period and these versions by Chance were cheaper to make and more cost effective than the Italian products made famous by Venini and the artists of Murano.

The edges of the ruby glass have been bevelled and the gilded.

I'd appreciate any comments you may have about Chance glass.

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  1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    It's pretty thick, isn't it?
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks BELLIN^* and to austrohungaro too!
    It's about 25mm thick = 1/10th of an inch

    Height is 9.5 cm = 3.7 ins
    Width is 15 cm = 5.9 ins at the widest point.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks scandnavian_pieces, toolate2 and Dean @ MuranoGlassArt too.
    This one I think is not so difficult to achieve as the Murano pieces.
    I think it's more a piece of pressed glass.
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks BeauxPurdy too!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks u88xcq!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks bratjdd!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks SEAN!
  8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 months ago
    your very welcome Kevin:)
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 months ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  10. glazzman, 23 days ago
    Very Nice.
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 23 days ago
    Many thanks GLAZZMAN 'n AMBER too!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 22 days ago
    Many thanks TOM!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 22 days ago
    Many thanks AIMATHENA 'n INKY too!

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