Posted 7 months ago
This was one of those magic finds...a true sleeper. Trawling through glass on eBay AU last Friday, I recognised this basket as an example of Peloton glass, even though it was not described as such, & the main photo showed a view from above, in which very little of the coloured threading could be seen. Needless to say I snapped it up with immense enthusiasm!
The basket is made from two layers of cased glass, clear over opaque white, with applied Peloton threads in pastel colours - pale blue, pink, & a slightly greenish yellow. The white lining of the sections of cane can be clearly seen, & the threads are blended into the surface of the basket, not raised & textured as in some types of Peloton glass.
It measures a petite 11.5 cm tall to the top of the clear applied handle, 9 cm x 8 cm across the four - cornered, rolled - in top rim, & 5 cm across the base, which has a rough, snapped pontil mark.
The handle has two pincerwork leaf - like projections on either side.
Peloton glass was made by a number of manufacturers in Bohemia & England from the 1880s onwards. Most examples are difficult to pin down in terms of a maker, & there is much variation in the basic decor of short, applied cane sections.
All I can say is that I'm thrilled to have been able to make it mine, & that it is utterly charming. Oh, & it's a basket! :-)