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Imperial Vases - Part 3
Imperial Vases - Part 3
PARLOR PANELS: As with so many vase patterns, when swung to “outer limits”, very little of the design remains. As pattern collectors, we have always enjoyed having as many clearly defined patterns as possible. Waiting to locate one of these Parlor Panels vases in a 4” - 5” squat size requires years of patience. We owned a 7” marigold for awhile, but one evening the phone rang. It was Don Grizzle with the news that they had found a 5” P.P. in Smoke. It didn't take long to make that purchase! (You may click on -- -- in our alphabet for a look at that little “prize”.)
Marigold and purple are known in the 4” vases. Marigold, purple and smoke are found in 5”-7” size. In the 8”-12” height: marigold, purple, smoke and helios are known. 12”-14”, marigold, purple, smoke, honey amber, helios are known. Only marigold is found in the 17” size.
Helios is the rarest color, followed by smoke. However, vases in this design are pretty scarce overall. Iridescence is stunning on all those we have seen. #467 ½ in catalog terms is a real jewel. None are known to have been reproduced.
SMOOTH PANELS: A small rose bowl in marigold or clambroth is known in this simple pattern, but they are scarce.
Vases range in size form 5” to 12” with marigold, purple, clambroth, smoke, marigold over milk, teal, red, smoke on milk glass and marigold on moonstone as the color spectrum.
(What is the difference between milk and moonstone base glass? Obviously, milk glass is dominantly white. Moonstone has an opaque appearance and can be seen through, though vaguely. A good test is: can your finger be seen through the glass?) (Please go to -- -- in our pattern alphabet for a look at white, teal, and marigold over milk glass examples.)
POPPY SHOW: Spectacular is the superlative to apply when sighting one of these very scarce 12” tall vases in the (vintage variety). It is no wonder that the desire to own the pattern carried over into the 1960s-1970s era, reproduced in marigold, smoke and helios. All of these carry the IG trademark.
Fenton Glass purchased the mold later, and during the early 1980s, created hurricane lamps in custard and some iridized purple, as well as cranberry glass. An arrangement between Fenton Glass and Singleton Bailey provided some lovely vases in a series of colors, introduced over a period of years.
Dick and Sherry Betker arranged for further use of the Poppy Show mold when they contracted with Fenton to create new vases in the mid 2000 timeframe. These were distributed to various Carnival Glass Collector Clubs across the United States as “fund raisers”.
Vases of the vintage variety are found in marigold, purple, smoke, helios, clambroth, pastel marigold and amber.
None of these colors are easily obtained. Hundreds of pieces of glass are sold in auctions every year, with NONE of these examples offered! ( You may view a gorgeous purple example by clicking on -- -- in our pattern alphabet on the homepage.)
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