Rare Thomas Webb 'Bronze' Iridescent Glass Vase c1880
Rare Thomas Webb 'Bronze' Iridescent Glass Vase c1880
Rare Thomas Webb 'Bronze' Iridescent Glass Vase c1880
Rare Thomas Webb 'Bronze' Iridescent Glass Vase c1880
Rare Thomas Webb 'Bronze' Iridescent Glass Vase c1880

Rare Thomas Webb 'Bronze' Iridescent Glass Vase c1880

£320.00
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Probably one of the first successful attempts by glassmakers in the 19th century to replicate their version of the iridescence occurring on excavated ancient glass. Cyril Manley called Webb's Bronze 'regal', and it certainly needs to be seen in the 'flesh' to fully appreciate the metallic qualities of the finish. Called Green Bronze by Webb's (the base colour glass is dark green), blues, purples and greens move across the surface in ways only comparable to later Tiffany, Loetz, etc. Indeed on a visit to Mr. Goode's Audley Street showrooms in 1878, Queen Victoria remarked 'we noticed a fine selection of the new Bronze glass, discovered and made by Messrs. Thomas Webb and Sons of Stourbridge. Its purple bronze surface shines with the hues of the rainbow, such as they appear on molten lead, or on pieces of steel which have been tempered..... it has already attracted considerable attention at the Paris Exhibition.' The first pieces were probably produced around 1870 and copied antique Roman shapes: double handles, claw feet, etc. Gradually they simplified the shapes; this is a fine example of a classic vase and it shows off the subtle iridescent qualities beautifully. In great condition, the only sign of gentle age related wear being on the foot - always nice to see on antique glass. Height 16.5cm (6.5in)  

Specifications
  • Condition:
    New
  • Weight:
    0.8kg