Posted 2 years ago
So Peggy and one of our daughters just returned from a vacation in Scottsdale, and they came home bearing gifts. This is the 3rd or 4th example they have added to my collection. This new addition to my Beranek collection was found in a small antique store for the monumental price of $7.... so it came home with them.
The vase stands at 4 inches tall, and 3.75 in diameter at the handles. It is classic Beranek Pulegoso, although this one has less commonly found handles in a kind of Caramel color. This is the first example I have with those color handles. The body of the vase has a very pale blue tint to it, and the pulls are in a glass that appears brown, but in reality is a deep oxblood.
The shape of this example is found in very early Beranek line art and is from 1946. It is referenced as shape 4680, indicating it was the 80th shape design from 1946.
I think it is worth mentioning that this shape was actually also found in a decor I have only seen once, and that was at a glass shop in Seattle called Kusak's Cut Glass Works. The vase was the only remaining example the family had in their possession, as they were one of the major US importers of early Beranek glass in the 1940's and 50's. They referred to it as Pompeian glass, and I have always wondered if that was their term, or one coined by the Beranek Brothers for marketing.
A welcome addition to my collection of early Beranek, and the first one in a while.