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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Ok, after seeing Dr. Als' wonderful posts on Dugan art glass, and especially his latest with a similar vase, I decided to dust off the old lens and get around to photographing my "mystery" Dugan vase. I have been collecting art glass for 15+ years, and I learned about Dugan fairly early on. I have not owned very many pieces (a few) but I have seen dozens & dozens on ebay, etc. This is the only one I have ever seen in this red glass with blue frit and silver iridescent finish. Is this a rare one? What is this decor called? I will appreciate greatly any assistance here, thanks.

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    1. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 11 years ago
      I have the same Dugan vase but a little different top treatment. I thought the body glass was called amethyst. I posted mine earlier on American art glass.
    2. nrkrupp nrkrupp, 11 years ago
      Will submit a photo of mine in three colors, purple (amethyst), yellow and ice blue
    3. dasullywon dasullywon, 11 years ago
      Yes Al, the iridescent finish is so metallic it almost looks like silver foil at certain angles. It is unusual to say the least.
    4. dasullywon dasullywon, 11 years ago
      Oh, and I forgot to add that this is the largest Dugan art glass vase I have seen or owned; it is 8 inches tall and 5-1/2" wide at the middle. All the others have been 6 inches or shorter. Comments?
    5. nrkrupp nrkrupp, 11 years ago
      I have over 160 Dugan pieces ranging in size from a few inches tall to several over 10 inches, the tallest being an ice blue twist vase 11 3/4 inches tall. Several of my purple/amethyst vases are heavily iridized such as yours.
    6. dasullywon dasullywon, 11 years ago
      Thanks nrkrupp. Looking forward to any of those posts.
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Yes brat. Check out royal lancastrian, Bernard Moore, sunderland lustre, William de Morgan, Iznik, hispano moresque luster, Daisy Makeig-Jones .....
    8. IVAN49 IVAN49, 11 years ago
      ``I have a question, do you know if there are iridescent finish in ceramic?
      Thank you for sharing. I love it!!!``

      Iridescence in glazes in pottery:
      Suspension in a glaze, organized into crystalline structures through specific temperature firing, the structures locked into the solid state.
      Iridescence (in pottery glaze) is the complex play of light among metallic particles suspended within a glaze layer of varying thickness. Luster is the reflection of light from opaque metallic particles on the surface of the glaze. Both effects depend upon the process of reduction or the removal of oxygen from the kiln’s atmosphere through the incomplete combustion of oil, gas, wood, or other such material. The following materials can be added to the base: silver carbonate,zinc oxide, copper oxide, carbonate of silver, and tin, sub nitrate of bismuth, carbonate of silver, and carbonate of copper, copper sulfide.
    9. dasullywon dasullywon, 11 years ago
      Did anyone mention Sicard? Or Roseville Pauleo? There is a lot of good iridescent ceramics out there, and the best I have is a Zsolnay-type.

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