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    Posted 9 months ago

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    This vase is just over 10" (25.5 cm) high x 4" (10 cm) wide and weighs 1 lb 1 ounce (.5 kg). It is white glass cased in clear glass, probably mold blown, with an applied glass flower that encircles the vase and a brown tint to the rim of the vase. It has a silver foil Norleans label which I do not often see. The most common Norleans label is a silver and red foil label mounted on a paper backing. This vase dates to 1949-1962. The Japanese maker is not known.

    This is a more modern take on the theme of a vase that Karen recently posted. It is perhaps more indicative of the Japanese influence on art glass design whereas Karen's example showed the European design influence on Japanese art glass. It may be representative of Japan's take on MCM. I have not spent a lot of time examining the evolution of Japanese art glass during the MCM period, though.

    Norleans - Norleans was a line of porcelain china and glass products started in 1949 by United China and Glass Company. United China and Glass was founded in 1850 in New Orleans and began trading with Japan in 1932, though this was suspended during World War II. Norleans was part of the revival of that trade after the war. Norleans’ products at least in the 1950s were mainly dinnerware products manufactured by Meito China, a Japanese manufacturer. United China and Glass was sold to Sammons Enterprises, a holding company, in 1962. Norleans continued to exist in some capacity, but it’s possible it simply became an importer. The Norleans trademark expired in 1992. From:

    Norleans imported high quality glass and porcelain from Japan and Italy into the U.S. which often reflected the design styles of those countries in addition to copying design styles popular with Americans of the period. After 1962 products were also imported from Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong. The actions of Sammons Enterprises after it acquired the UGC and Norleans trademarks are murky.

    This vase was a runner up to the piece that I chose to represent Norleans imported Japanese art glass, since the style of this vase is a bit ambiguous. Here is a link to the post for the winner:

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      I have never seen a post war piece of Japanese glass like that before Kevin! I love it. Fascinating.
      I can't even begin to think who may have made it because there is nothing there I can relate to any of the producers I am aware of.
      I know lots of them did this mould blown thinly cased glass but not on that shape. And the flower is just out there.
      So cool.
      Got me excited!
    2. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Karen. Yeah, one of the reasons this was my second choice for an example of Norleans import Japanese art glass was because it was such an odd ball piece. Not a European or American design, probably but not definitely a Japanese design though I could find nothing else like it, so I bought the foam glass bowl since there is no doubt that it is a Japanese design. Glad you showed your vase or I would have let this one fade away.

      Thanks for loving my Japanese applied flower vase SEAN68, Thomas, Celiene, FreshAir, Kevin, fortapache, jscott0363, aura, dav2no1 and Pacem!
    3. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks for checking out my Norleans Japanese vase artfoot!
    4. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks sklo42!
    5. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thank you BHIFOS!
    6. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Japanese applied flower vase Mrstyndall!
    7. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks MarmorealMaiden!
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 9 months ago
      I love the stark red and black against the snow white vase!
      Such a wonderful piece Kevin!
      You and Karen know you stuff!

    9. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks for your comment, Eileen. Yes, that black against the stark white and pops of red continue to draw me in. Karen and I are both puzzled by this one and our curiosity is likely to remain unsatisfied. There is just too little information preserved about Japanese art glass. It is a bad sign if Karen when stumped!
    10. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks, Jenni!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Thanks for taking a look at my Japanese glass vase Pacem and Alfie21!
    12. Jennifermar, 3 months ago
      I love this vase. I actually just purchased one identical to it ,still with the silver sticker. How many of these were made? Was it mass produced? Thank you in advance for any info you can give me. Jennifer
    13. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      Hi Jennifermar. Congratulations on finding your vase. It is Japanese factory produced art glass, so was produced in some quantity, but there is no way to tell how many were produced. It is hand made art glass and is not a common piece, so may have been produced in a limited quantity as a special order for Norleans by a Japanese glass maker. Many Norleans pieces are unique. Now we know that two were made so there were probably more of them at one time. racer4four has the most experience and knowledge about Japanese art glass of anyone on this forum and had never seen one before mine, so that is probably a good indication that it was not produced in large quantities. It is a bit of an oddball piece, maybe did not sell well so not many were produced. It is also a fairly fragile piece, so few may have survived. Sorry I cannot be of more help.
    14. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 3 months ago
      Kwqd A little strange and interesting that was my family’s company
    15. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      LOL, Vynil33rpm. Eclectic things are the most fun things, I think.
    16. Jennifermar, 3 months ago
      I'd there a way to post a picture of mine on here?
    17. kwqd kwqd, 3 months ago
      You would need to create a new post. In the upper right corner, there is a "Post and item" link next to the search box. If you want to, you can copy the URL for my post into your post as a reference. Sorry for the slow reply, I have had to take a break from CW due to some life changes.
    18. kwqd kwqd, 1 month ago
      Belated thanks, artfoot!

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