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British Art Glass625 of 680Detail pictures sof Thomas Webb & sons bronze vase (1878). Christopher Dresser, attr. Thomas Webb & Sons "Bronze" vase (1878). Christopher Dresser, attr.
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Posted 6 years ago


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In homage to Austrohungaro's fabulous Thomas Webb bronze piece (, and so it doesn't feel lonely, here's my piece.
This is Webb iris glass, and the design is known to be Christopher Dresser - you will also recognise the similarity of design with Loetz pieces by Dresser.
Iris glass was made from 1878, the same year as the Webb patent for bronze glass, and was, I believe, exhibited with bronze glass at the Paris Exhibition of 1878.
The last picture shows (poorly I am afraid) the etched mark on the base of the piece which reads Webb's Iris Glass.


  1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
    great! It's amazing Webb the same things that were famous at Löetz... 20 years in advance! I wish ours had had an etched stamp "Webb's bronze glass" on its base ;) But finding out was great fun, wasn't it?
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing this great vase!
  3. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 6 years ago
    Thank you for the loves Obscurities and Scandinavian-pieces. And the loves and the kind comments austrohungaro and Vetraio50!
    It does make investigating a lot easier when there is a nice, clear, genuine mark in the base, AH! It is also interesting just how many English patents there are in the 1870's or thereabouts for things that also appear in Bohemian glass. Apparently, Webb got into a dispute with another English maker about infringement of their iridescent glass patent after the 1878 Paris Exhibition - but I haven't seen anything about international disputes over this kind of thing. Perhaps someone can enlighten me - I haven't been at this long, so haven't read a great deal. It certainly re-ignites the debate about who got there first, and who was derivative - or who took the ball and really ran with it!
  4. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 6 years ago
    Thank you, Mac63 :)
  5. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 5 years ago
    Thank you (belatedly -apologies) czechman and MiKKoChristmas11 :)
  6. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 5 years ago
    Thank you, LoetzDance
  7. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 5 years ago
    Thank you, Bridget, for the love.
  8. Londonloetzlearner Londonloetzlearner, 5 years ago
    Thank you Bellin68!

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