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    Posted 1 year ago

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    Through the years, many collectors believe an American glass company called Phoenix Art Glass produced a number of cased pitchers with various Splatter decorations. Many of these examples were published in a book back in 2004 covering Phoenix production. The Phoenix Art Glass book was published well before the latest, "From Neuwelt to the Whole World: 300 Years of Harrach Glass" book, released in 2013.

    Fig. 1 is a beautiful pitcher with matching tumblers newly identified as Harrach. In the Phoenix book on pages 54 & 55, there is various examples of this shape. The author notes the decor was produced with "mottled effects" and "mottled effects with encased mica."

    Fig. 2 is a Harrach line drawing revealing factory documentation of the pitcher shape.

    Fig. 3 is a Montgomery Ward advertisement from a Fall 1891 / Spring 1892 sowing the pitcher shape.

    Fig. 4 is from the latest Harrach book verifying the decor with hand painted decoration. I believe the difference is the "Missouri Rosa" decor has mica inclusions and the "Marmor Violett" decor does not.

    There are a few errors with Phoenix attributions, and certain methods of empirical research simply do not add up. From what I understand the Phoenix research is based on very little factory documentation and some of the research material was created by using descriptions of glass literature from published glass journals or trade advertisements during the late 1880's. I personally stumbled on this error from my own research, and started asking questions. With the help and awesome collaboration of others, we finally have the answers needed to understand the Harrach connection.

    During the 1890's Harrach produced and exported many examples of hot shaped glass to America. The Harrach decor name "Missouri" would suggest this to be true. From what I found in this pitcher shape there are three different decor types. The first is a "mottled" decor that has a solid translucent colour and is mixed with opal white splatter. The second would be as shown in this posting, a mix of opal white splatter on a colouress ground with combining a solid translucent swirling colour. Both the first and second splatter descriptions came with or with out mica inclusions. The third example is blown with a Coindot decor pattern on a solid translucent colour that has a mix of opal white splatter through out.

    Additional Information as of 6/10/2020: If anyone has the Nuewelt/Harrach book, please go to page 258. In so many words, Mergl adds, with descriptions of various marbled glass, there is unidentified variants in written sources and the additional types of glass are Murano, Loretto, Paris, Twilight and COLIBRI. I am wondering if this is a series of Pitcher sets? The reason why I am asking, Colibri is described in the Montgomery Wards ad, as shown in this posting.

    Referring to the Harrach book again. On page 281, it is noted Harrach's newly types of glass were developed 2 yrs leading to the Paris exhibition. Thanks, to striking colour variants & glossy look of vases with embedded aluminum flakes from the series, Brocat, Florentiner, Austria and Missouri. Of these decors, it will be nice to follow up with photos to explain more in detail and show what these decors look like exactly so other collectors will have a better understanding.

    (comment #16 has links with more information with another pitcher shape that has the same hand painted floral design as shown in the "Colbri" pitcher from fig. 1)

    Thank you, for looking and please note, all photos are used for research purposes only.

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    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 1 year ago
      Those glasses and pitcher look as if they are meant to hold the most tasty drink in the world. Makes one thirsty just looking at it, excuse me while I get a glass of coke !~
    2. Newfld Newfld, 1 year ago
      Super beautiful floral design over swirls, great find
    3. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      WOW! Very impressive Leah, I know you did a lot of home work with this post including other expert collector's knowledge, and it shows. thank you for sharing your information and beautiful glass. Keep them coming. :-)
    4. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 1 year ago
      thanks a lot for such a wonderful information
    5. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Thank you, Phil, Newfld, Lisa and Kivatinitz for the outstanding compliments!
    6. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Craig stay of my postings and stop playing this cheeky game of repeating the same comment after it's been deleted several times. I have nothing to say to you. Nothing... I am not lowering myself to this boorish, argumentative toxicity that is so consistence. Say all you want, complain, rant, do what ever, but on your own postings.
    7. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Craig and ScottVez stay off my postings and stop playing this cheeky game of repeating the same comment after it's been deleted several times. I have nothing to say to you. Nothing... I am not lowering myself to this boorish, argumentative toxicity that is so consistence. Say all you want, complain, rant, do what ever, but on your own postings.
    8. truthordare truthordare, 1 year ago
      The funniest aspect of this harassment for no other reason than to be unpleasant is that if your turned the tables, and picked one of their obscure posts, and scrutinized every little aspect of it, there would be many more unexplainable circumstances with their attributions, than anything anybody else posts here on CW.

      Doing a full copy of this post under another name, is a new low by a long term CW member, who keeps republishing the same thing, for the same reason. This site is not impervious or unaffected by your toxic tricks, and if and when it is no longer here. You can blame yourselves.
    9. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Well said, Lisa. If this information had anything to do with welz, the information would be glorified to the ninth power. They will use any tactic in it's lowest form. To refute this information is beyond me.

      The issue with Phoenix is the majority of those decors are linked to Harrach. It was finding the documentation to prove the shape is in fact Harrach. The Phoenix research was done by taking a shape and matching those decors to other shapes. Sound familiar? Any time, these two think they can discredit someone, they will try their best, and play victim. (oh, I'm just asking a question, it's not harassment, but meanwhile they post their comments fanatically once deleted.) People really have no idea the garbage that has been said, among other things about me, through the years. I refuse to share the same space in my postings no matter what question or comment they have. Until they get the message, I will continue to delete. I have nothing to say to them other than stay off my postings.
    10. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Thank you, Bruce99, Mani, Phil, Blunderbuss, Aura, Broochman, Kevin, Lisa, Mrstyndall, Fortapache, Newfld, Watchsearcher, Larskel, Eza, Kivatinitz, Kwqd, and Charlie for the LOVE!

      Much appreciated!!
    11. slpprs slpprs, 1 year ago
      Keep up the good fight Leah. I'm an avid student. Shame to others.
    12. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Thank you, my butterfly friend. Much appreciated. I too am an avid student. There's always something to learn in glass and life. lol xoxo
    13. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Thank you, TheGallery for the good spirits. Very thoughtful of you, and sincerely appreciated.
    14. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      Thank you, DuDa, Wow22, Bobby725, Pam, Aura, KWQD, Vynil33, Lisa, EZa, Larskel, Fortapache, Watchsearcher, Mrstyndall, Kevin, Phil, Newfld, Broochman,
      blunderbuss2, and Mani for the LOVE! ~ Much appreciated. :)
    15. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      The images of this pitcher example are also in the Phoenix line up by shape and decor. Look closely and you will be able to see the hand painted floral design is the same on both pitchers found from this CW posting. The hand painted floral design also matches perfectly with the Harrach, Marmour Violett vase shown in photo #4.

      Here is the same pitcher shape with the Harrach propeller stamp to confirm this particular shape from the links added is in fact Harrach production and not Phoenix Art Glass.
    16. glassiegirl glassiegirl, 1 year ago
      More information has been updated. Please see description.
      Thank you, for your interest!
    17. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 12 months ago
      I can just see the Victorian Ladies pouring lemonade from this gorgeous pitcher, serving to their thirsty guests. Way back in the day, things were just done differently, amazing how beautiful this set is, surviving over a century. Thank you so much for sharing!

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