1: Did you know that Goofus Glass is older than Carnival Glass? It was the cheap and cheerful glass for the masses popular around the turn of the 19th century, before Carnival Glass came along and stole the limelight. We have a new article on the Glass Museum this week, contributed by Dave Ballentine on the subject "Goofus Glass" and it has certainly set my mind thinking more seriously about Goofus. I do hope you enjoy reading it too - click here or go to http://www.glass.co.nz/goofus.html
2: New books about glass just published this month include an excellent
guide to spotting Peachblow glass, called: :
Peachblow Glass : Collector's Identification & Price Guide and written by Sean Billings and Johanna S. Billings. That's a book that many of us need (click here).
Also published this month is Chihuly's Pendletons And Their Influence on His Work by Dale Chihuly and Charles J. Lohrmann - this must be the oddest book on glass I've come across. Chihuly collects Indian blankets called Pendletons, and these have influenced his work; so Chihuly and Mr Lohmann have collaborated to write a book about this. You should read the scathing review the book gets! Ouch!! It isn't the glass that gets criticised - but the blankets ..... well - see what you think (click here)
And the third book I want to mention is about glass chandeliers, a topic that has received scant literary attention to date, so I think this book fills a need. Its called The English Glass Chandelier written by Martin Mortimer (click here).
3: A date to put in your diary if you are interested in Milk Glass and live near Connecticut. The NATIONAL MILK GLASS COLLECTORS SOCIETY is holding its annual convention this year in Enfield, Connecticut at the Sheraton Hotel, Bradley Airport from April 19-21. The program will include prominent speakers, an auction of 300 pieces of milk glass, a dealers room whereboth milk glass specialists and members will have tables to buy and sell glass. As a special treat there will be a bus trip to visit the newly opened milk glass museum of Frank Chiarenza which will include as well entry to the National Shaving and Barbershop Museum and the Rosa Ponsel Museum, all housed in the same building. Contact HELEN LIVETEN 1-203-777-2964 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and visit the Society's web site: http://www.nmgcs.org
4: Once again we have some really special art glass pieces on
ebay this week, paperweights, perfume bottles, and a vase; the work
of Garry Nash, Peter Viesnik, Peter Raos and Keith Mahy. You can
see a preview at http://www.antique.co.nz/glass.html
and they are all put up without reserve. At the moment ebay is down, so
the auctions which were about to end are likely to be extended until tomorrow.
I hope you like these (click on any one to see the pictures)
Garry Nash blue vase with 22kt gold and silver leaf
1209635056 Keith Mahy large paperweight with gold ruby "mushroom"
1209555446 Peter Viesnik beautiful floral fountain paperweight, pink with blue and green
1209533022 Pulled feather perfume bottle by Keith Mahy - an ancient Egyptian technique.
1209530182 Peter Raos millefiori glass Monet paperweight, full size and beautiful.
1209141148 Peter Viesnik stoppered bottle in jade green shading from deep to light at the bottom.
1208086920 Keith Mahy glass perfume bottle blue with clear "arms" and base
1208086751 Cala Lily faceted glass paperweight by Peter Viesnik - a superb weight.
1208086413 Keith Mahy Art glass perfume bottle in red with iridized silver trails
1208085804 Peter Raos Millefiori glass tidal paperweight
I do hope there was something interesting for you this week.
Very best wishes
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