Posted 5 months ago
1893... Almost a 120 years ago this advertisement is from C.M Linington wholesale catalog. The advertisement is from the Lee Marple article found in the AGG magazine.
Image two is found in the 1893 C.M. Linington illustration on the bottom row, first example on the left. The blue basket has white spatter decor with an embossed quilted pattern on the melon shape bowl and just below the crimped rim is an embossed swirl pattern. This is the same embossed pattern also used on the vases in images three and four. Pink stripes and Yellow marble with white spatter are the decors. The melon shaped bodies have the quilted diamond pattern and on the stem of each vase is a swirl pattern.
This Bohemian glass for commercial export was just not for baskets. Other shapes were mass produced. The manipulation of colour, embossed pattern, form of shape and applied decoration are of excellent craftsmanship showing many steps were taken to produce such a product. The pink stripe and yellow decors are very popular in various shapes that are found in quantity.
Talk about variety. There is many vases, bowls and baskets shapes found in these decors. The yellow marble was still being produced in 1928. In the BB Fall 1928 BB basket advertisement in the WVMOAG catalog, Monograpgh No. 121 shows a certain shape is produced in yellow marble, but the embossed decor on the melon shape is done in threaded or also known as a fine rib pattern.
Pink and blue marble spatter decors are also found in various shapes. The pink stripe was also produced in blue. I see the blue stripe decor more in baskets than I have in vases.
Many decors were repeated for a number of years on various shapes. The design of the shape I believe did have modifications to keep up with the marketable trend. During the years of Henry Ford success, automobiles each year would have modification changes to improve the product while keeping up with the competition to give a simple analogy.
To have such a long running product, I tend to believe it was from a glass manufacture that was big enough to keep up with the supply in demand for many years and had a very good relationship with merchant wholesale companies. The idea of a catalog was to be a "traveling salesman" to fill orders quickly. So again, a glass manufacture as such would be mass producing.