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Dugan - Part 6
DUGAN - Part 6
We discovered years ago that attendance at most any carnival glass convention proves to be enlightening. Invariably, some new discovery presents itself. June of 2008 while in Dayton, OH, participating in the annual American Carnival Glass Assoc. gathering, Bill Crowl, a Charter member of that Club who has been collecting longer than almost anyone else, brought a light marigold ribbed vase to us for identification. He had found it in a mall. We told him we would research it and give him credit for having found it.
There are 8 points around the top, having the same three sloping top curves, as does the Target vase. The vase stands 20 5/8” tall, with a base 5” in diameter, placing it in the funeral glass category.
1905 and 1906 Butler Bros. Wholesale Catalogs display this vase among Dugan Venetian and Opalescent glass. The ad lists it as “10” extra large vase”. Perhaps since no other vases such as this have come to light, the one Bill found could have been “experimental” when iridized glass came into fashion in 1907 and later. When “swung” to the extended length, the ribs became somewhat “swirled”.
As the two base photos relate; the star is recessed about ½”. SPIRAL RIB would be an appropriate name for the vase, but Bill has the privilege of naming this “first of its kind”.
QUESTION MARK Plate - Compote - Purple- $300. - 3-08
QUESTION MARKS: The pedestal plate shape is found in marigold, amethyst and white. It is fashioned from the same mold as the stemmed/handled bonbon and the compote. It also combines the three patterns: Georgia Belle on the exterior and Puzzle on the pedestal foot. Rarely found in this 7”-8” flattened diameter, marigold may be somewhat more available. We believe that fewer amethyst examples turn up than white, but both are extremely rare. You may click on ~~ ~~ in our pattern alphabet - home page, for views of other shapes/colors in Question Marks.
PINCHED SWIRL: Thomas Dugan influenced the pre-carnival glass era with glass lines called Venetian and Japanese art glass. The pinched hand-shaping found in the Pinched Swirl design is carried over from that period. The Swirl design is on the interior surface. The exterior is plain. All three carnival shapes known can be considered scarce to very rare. Vases in the 6” size range seem to surface more often than either the rose bowl or the spittoon whimsey. The spittoon shape is rarest of all. Marigold and peach opalescent are the only reported colors. While marigold is seen least often, it is the peach opal examples which are the most popular with collectors.
STIPPLED ESTATE: Another carry-over design from Dugan's pre-carnival Japanese, Venetian, and Pompeian art glass lines, these small mold-blown vases no doubt were rushed into carnival production in 1909. The 3'-4” vases in peach opalescent, marigold, and green satisfied the demand for iridized glass until newer and more suitable designs could be introduced later that same year. Carnival production must have been brief, which accounts for the scarcity today! Of the relative handful known today, most are in peach opalescent; however, at least one example in marigold and one in green are known. These tiny vases should not be confused with a pressed carnival design called Estate, produced by Westmoreland Glass. Stippled Estate vases are mould blown, having a pontil mark on the bottom. (There is no indication that “frit”was applied to this 3” P.O. vase.)
The example shown had been in a peach opal collection for many years when sold during the June 7, 2008 Lincoln Land Convention Auction by Seeck and Company for $425. During the June 2008 ACGA Convention, that same rare vase re-sold privately for $725.
Carl Burns and his Mother before him have handled large numbers of carnival glass, and received reports on a vast quantity of carnival glass over the past 50+ years. Carl's Dugan/Diamond book, written in 1999, does not mention any 6 -7” sizes in the Stippled Estate vase.
Carl does illustrate an iridized lime green example which he notes will glow under blacklight. However, it lacks the stippled effect in the background.
Our photos of the Aqua and Vaseline examples may or may not be in the vintage category? In checking the coming and going of carnival glass elements each day on “vintage eBay”, we DO see a wide variety of this type 6” vase with “frit” application. (Molten glass is rolled in small glass fragments called “frit”, before the blowing process begins.) This leads us to believe that somewhere in the world, such items as these are being produced on a-more-or-less daily basis? Certainly there are any number of art glass studios where such blown ware could be produced. Perhaps they should be termed “art new-veu in design”, which has nothing to do with their age? The decision is yours!
Dean & Diane Fry………8/08
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