Posted 12 months ago
This is a rare English art glass example from White House Glassworks, during the tenure of Arthur Nash. The ivory decor is called Worcester Ivory and was produced in 1883 to imitate Worcester porcelain. The glass will glow neon green under a UV light. Mould blown shape is a tapered bulbous form with two hand tooled, elephant heads on each side of the vase. Large polished pontil on the low footed base. The hand painted enameling depicts a chrysanthemum flower drenched in gold gilt.
6" tall. The rim is 2-3/8" diameter. Handle to handle is 2-3/4" across. The low footed base is 2-7/8" diameter. The bulbous part of the vase is 3" wide, at best.
Who is Arthur J. Nash? He was the superintendent of Tiffany's glasshouse, Arthur Nash oversaw all aspects of Tiffany's sheet glass and blown glass production. Born in England and trained as a chemist, Nash worked at leading British glasshouses before immigrating with his family to America in 1892. He supervised the construction of Tiffany's Corona glasshouse the following year. Nash was instrumental in Tiffany's success. He developed inventive glass formulas to yield the spectacular colors and artistic effects Tiffany desired. His contributions to Tiffany's decorative glass and lighting were recognized with three silver medals at the Paris Exposition in 1900. Nash's sons, A. Douglas Nash and Leslie H. Nash, also worked for Tiffany and held important managerial positions.