Posted 4 years ago
Tom Dugan and his brother were nephews of the great British glassmaker John Northwood, of Portland vase fame. Therefore, they were exposed to the massive influx of Czech glass flooding England at this time.
Once in America, they determined to create art glass that would be accessible to the masses, unlike the high end Czech glass of the period. In advertisements, it was touted as comparable to Tiffany and "the finest imported glass".
I decided to test such a claim:
1.Extremely high end Loetz Ast glass, 14" tall, surrounded by Dugan look-alikes.
2. Stunning Rindskopf fan vase . . . and the Dugan look-alikes.
3. Rindskopf tricorn vase . . . and its Dugan version.
4. Tall 13 Kralik vase with striped frit . . . and a Dugan decor interpretation.
Remember the Dugan blue Starburst? Well, Kralik has a decor in which white frit is applied in bursts over green glass!