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American Art Glass1152 of 1325Imperial FreeHand Heart & Vine VaseQuezal Gold Iridescent Vase c. 1910
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    Posted 12 years ago

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    So, what was it that made you start collecting art glass? Was it a book; such as "Miller's Art Glass; HOW TO COMPARE AND VALUE" (Louise Luther, 2002)? Well, in that very book I read about an item that was so rare that there was suposedly only four known in the entire world (see "Consolidated Glass Company", page 39). Well, this is at least number five, and I have research indicating at least seven examples, including the ones in Bostons' Museum of Fine Arts and Denvers' Kirkland Museum (both highly recommended, so please go see them if you are in Boston or Denver). My example was found in Texas, and has the IDENTICAL stand as in Boston's MFA. I also had another one (believe it or not, but it's true) and it was from Florida. It wasn't as good as this one so I sold it - with a different "questionable" stand. The point is that the books aren't always 100% accurate, although Louise did mention a fifth fishbowl might be out there. I found #5, #6, and I think #7 too. If anyone is interested in this story - I have complete documentation including video staring yours truely - please let me know. It is a Ruba Rombic riddle that is ready to be revealed! How about you, Louise?

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    1. flowerrose, 12 years ago
      AWESOME!! I agree the books aren't always right nor are articles. I have an original self portrait done by a well known artist in NZ and they continue to write how she NEVER does self-portraits. Well it's sitting in my lounge so they got that wrong!
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      What a teeeeze!
      Thanks for showing us this museum piece!
      Love the linear glow too!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 12 years ago
      Can I just ask about the dimensions?
    4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 12 years ago
      Wow! I never knew that this came in a fishbowl! Wow.
    5. dasullywon dasullywon, 12 years ago
      Dimensions? The bowl is 8-1/2" tall by about 14" at the widest (hard to measure an irregular shape like this). The stand is 24" tall, so the combination is a little over 32" high. The glass is uranium/vaseline, which is shown with the blacklight (photos 3-4). The fishbowls were made by Phoenix Glass Company (not Consolidated) and the bowl is fully signed, and marked with the patent number. Thanks! Dan
    6. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 12 years ago
      The HOLY GRAIL right there...This is the piece I always have an eye out for but never expect to see.VERY nice !!!
    7. dasullywon dasullywon, 12 years ago
      Yes; it glows in the dark with unearthly radience. (We don't need it; because we've already got one!) I have actually called it "the Holy Grail of art glass collecting". I didn't ever expect to see one myself, but in 2010 there were not one, not even two, but THREE different fishbowls on ebay. I had two but sold the "inferior" example, so there were NO NO, FOUR! auctions for three different bowls, and there were only supposed to be four in the entire world! Well, I count seven, and who knows, you might find #8 so keep looking. Won't help my bottom line, but oh well!
    8. goodjunk, 12 years ago
      I would love to own this piece...
    9. bigjimsportscamper, 12 years ago
      hi i got a black ruba rombic vase this summer 9 1/2 in. its beautiful. do you have any other ruba rombic? do you have any idea how much mine would be worth? i am looking for a smaller vase too. that is amazing you found two fish bowls!!! i would like to see the video!!
    10. dasullywon dasullywon, 12 years ago
      Hello bigjimsportscamper, I don't have any other Ruba Rombic right now; and no, I do not know what your vase is worth. You can get an account on, and search through their "sold" items. That's a good place to start. I am working on the video now. Thanks!
    11. consolidated479, 11 years ago
      Stunning piece, collector here of Ruba Rombic and many other deco glass lines. From my calculations the number is closer to 20-30 known examples, not all with stands. Dasullywon if you would like feel free to contact me Bigjimsportscamper be glad to help you on a value as well
    12. kcrane5, 10 years ago
      I am the President of the Coffeyville Historical Society in Coffeyville, Kansas. We have a lovely home, the Brown Mansion, finished in 1906 which we give tours and hold weddings, etc. at. The home (20,000 sq ft, 4 levels, 5 bedrooms) and its belongings were donated to the Historical Society in 1973 by the last owner (daughter of the original owner), Violet Brown Kohler with the express intention to give tours and leave the original furnishings on display. We are lucky enough to possess one of the Ruba Rombic fishbowls that you show in your pictures. Unfortunately, we do not have a stand; we keep ours on display sitting on a sideboard in the dining rooms with some other Vaseline glass goblets. (I would also like to mention that we have a one of a kind, made expressly for the Brown Mansion, signed Tiffany "gasolier" that hangs over the dining room table. The owner said that Louis C. Tiffany came to Coffeyville and hung the gasolier himself.
    13. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 10 years ago
      Very cool kcrane5...please post pics.Would love to see these !

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