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    Posted 6 years ago

    antiques-i…
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    Here is a sugar shaker that I have never seen before. Its most unusual due to the glass is a spatter type glass and the flower type medallions are iridized with a marigold iridescence as well as some of the swirls. A friend of mine who is an art glass dealer for many years said that he has seen a water pitcher like this but never a sugar shaker. It stands close to 4 inches tall with the top. Its 4 sided with the medallion on each of the 4 sides.
    Very unusual and maybe someone has the answer as to who made this piece.
    I listed it under American Art glass but not convinced of that.

    Note, the top may or may not be original.

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    1. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      The same ribbing, with inset medallions, can be found on Franz Welz glass baskets posted here by IanBrighton and myself. It's Bohemian/Czech depending on date.
    2. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      Wow, that is great! I see the basket in your posting and you are right! Thanks so much for the info, I really appreciate it!
    3. IanBrighton IanBrighton, 6 years ago
      I have 3 pieces with this ribbing and medallion/flower. The basket which Peggy mentioned, a blue handled vase and a plain yellow without spatter. I will try to post the others.
    4. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much, have you ever seen a sugar shaker?
    5. welzebub, 6 years ago
      I agree with Peggy and Ian... Although I have not seen a sugar shaker before, or this color combination, I think at a minimum this points to Bohemian / Czech production for you piece.

      I have a question about the background the pictures are taken with.... Is it white or?? I only ask as I want to color correct them for myself if the background color in the pics is not showing correctly. I am curious as to the actual colors of the piece.

      Great example..... A style of piece I have never seen before.....
    6. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      Yes, its quite an unusual color combination. The background in the pic is just sheets of white paper. I find it best for photos of glass.
      The colors are a white and grayish blue spatter glass and the medallions are marigold iridescence as well as ever 3rd swirl or so. I collect sugar shakers and never saw this one before!
    7. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      Also, I took the pics quickly with my phone so they do show the background a bit dark.
    8. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      I do actually collect czech condiments/shakers, in a desultory sort of way, but have never seen anything like yours here in the UK.
    9. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      I actually did an article on Bohemian art glass shakers for the WVMAG All About Glass magazine a year or so ago. I collect Victorian Art Glass shakers and condiment sets too.
      What I really like about this piece is that its a sugar shaker that is very unusual and that its iridized. I also collect old iridized/carnival glass shakers.
    10. welzebub, 6 years ago
      I do not collect shakers of any kind, but I would have snapped this piece up the moment I saw it.... Nice find... and very unusual.....

      I copied the image and color corrected it to a white background... Very pretty piece....
    11. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate it. I was lucky to be able to get it. Im a shaker collector like I previously mentioned and Im always looking for rare and unusual stuff in this category.
    12. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      So I guess the final questions for me is, what would be the pattern name and the age?
    13. welzebub, 6 years ago
      I would personally estimate the age to be 1920's-30's. The style of metal seems like nickel plate, or possibly chrome. Tough to tell in the pic for sure. Very few of the Bohemian companies have any surviving records, so actual décor names are likely to remain a mystery. Personally, I would describe the physical pattern name as a twisted rib body with spiral medallions.

      I am also curious as to which issue of All About Glass was your article in?
    14. antiques-in-nj antiques-in-nj, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much for the info.
      I write quite a bit for AAG on shakers. I decided to do the article on Bohemian shakers specifically Harrach with the help of my friend Leah Goodwin in April 2014. I really don't know too much about the subject of Bohemian glass but at some point I realized that they made so many beautiful, interesting shakers so with her help I gave it a stab.

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