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American Art Glass755 of 944DUGAN ART GLASS II: STARBURST AND OTHER DECORSL.E. Smith Handcrafted Vase
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Posted 4 years ago


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I have just completed yet another article on Dugan Art Glass, this time for the Journal of West Virginia Museum of American Glass. Then I realized I had not posted anything on it!

My interest was sparked by a picture in the Passau Museum Catalog IV, where it was classified as "Unknown Bohemian". Truitt I picks up the information without questioning it. How could documented American glass be classified by experts as Czech?

Dugan is well known for its Carnival glass. However, by 1902 Tom Dugan was experimenting with iridescent finishes, and by 1906 he launched a line of art glasses variously called "Venetian", "Pompeian" and "Japanese", arbitrary terms designed to place them within the leading aesthetic fads of the period. They were advertised in the 1906 Butler Brothers' catalog.

All of them used iridescent frit, were mold blown, and resembled Czech glass shapes. No wonder they were able to fool the experts! Some have even shown up marked "Czechoslovakia"! Mostly made in small sizes, larger pieces are rare.

Pic. 1: Celery vases. Though technically Northwood, they do show in later art glass decors. The yellow one glows under UV. 6"
Pic. 2: Stippled Estate. The golden one was my very first.
Pic. 3: Honeycomb.
Pic. 4: Peach Opal. A personal favorite. The color has been called a version of Carnival, but the shapes are distinctly Art Nouveau.

And on to more decors.


  1. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 4 years ago
    Great photos!
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 4 years ago
    Nothing like family photos!
  3. dasullywon dasullywon, 4 years ago
    Great stuff, Al. I have always loved Dugan art-glass, and it's great to see; and I agree your photos are excellent.
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 3 years ago
    In fact, my mother colllected 50's Italian (which I hate to this day) and Swedish Flygsfors, which I loved, but I gave my collection of miniatures to my sister. Once I started on glass, I went from A to Z--like I do with everything. But I callect Czech, Dugan and Imperial Art glass.

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