Posted 6 months ago
In 1882, Harrach came out with a successful production of Floret Glass which is a combination of shaded opal glass with a optical decoration. From achieving much success, by 1886 and onward, Harrach began to gain prominence in the look of their glass products. Many different variants of marbled glass were in production throughout the 1880's and various examples of marbled glass were developed in 1888-89 for the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. During this same time, in 1888, Harrach began the production of Brocat glass with opal splashes and embedded aluminum inclusions with several variants distinguished by colour. In 1889, Brocat glass became the basis for Missouri glass with a characteristic of a spirally coiled band in a single colour.
Fig. 1 Passau Glass Museum (PGM) photo showing two Missouri Aquamarin Tumblers on the far left of the photo.
Fig. 2 Missouri Rosa Vase (Pattern Chart, C19) from the latest Neuwalt/Harrach book
Fig. 3 1899 Missouri Aquamarin Vase from the latest Neuwalt/Harrach book
In regards to Phoenix Art Glass, this information surely adds more doubt that Phoenix Art Glass produced any of the pitcher shapes associated with this decor. The author of the Phoenix Art Glass book has beautiful examples, but I think his error of using empirical methods to create a line up of glass has proven wrong since the Harrach book was published and more information has been provided with the helpful collaboration of others.