MANLY ANTIQUE CENTRE
This listing is for a stunning piece of Overshot art glass.
Overshot Glass was developed in the Victorian era
reputedly by Apsley Pellatt of the Falcon Glass
Works in England around the 1850s.
It was based on a style of glass produced in
Venice in the 1500s and so he called it
"Venetian Frosted Glass" or "Anglo-Venetian Glass"
but later it would be called Frosted Glassware,
Ice Glass or Craquelle (Crackle) Glass.
Overshot glass and Crackle glass are actually two
distinctly different glass manufacturing processes.
Crackle glass is produced by dipping a partially blown
glob of hot glass in cold water and then reheating the
item and blowing it to its final shape.
The temperature changes and enlargement create fissures
and uneven channels in the glass which has a 'crackled'
or 'cracked ice' appearance.
Overshot glass is made by rolling either a hot partially
blown blob of glass onto finely ground shards of glass
and then reheating it and stretching it or blowing it into
the completed article or rolling a hot completed object
in the shards and gently reheating it to remove the sharp bits.
Glass that is not stretched after the shards have been
applied have a more uniform finish that is almost sharp
to the touch.
Overshot glass that has been stretched after application
of the shards does tend to have 'roadways' on the surface
and is reputedly often confused with pressed glass produced
. in the early 20th century known as Tree of Life but
Overshot glass is free blown or mould blown.
This particular jug we are selling does have fine raised
glass 'vein-like' lines on the surface and although not
exactly sharp to the touch it is definitely rough so
perhaps it has been produced by the partially blown method.
Although this glass technique was re-invented in England
in the mid 19th century it has been produced and
embellished by many other makers in the consequent
decades particularly by Wilhelm Kralik in Bohemia in
the 1880s and a significant amount was made in the USA
and Europe from the 1860s through to the first quarter
of the 20th century.
(These very interesting facts were found on the Glass
Museum website based on an article by Stan & Arlene
Weitman from the Glass Collector's Digest Volume
XIV, 2001 for which I am very grateful).
Where exactly our lovely jug was produced is difficult
to determine but I have found similar
examples on antique glass dealers websites that
attribute it to Stourbridge, the most famous glass
producing area in England in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Our lovely jug (or pitcher if you're American) measures
20cm or 8 inches high and is in excellent condition.
It has a stunning clear reeded attached handle and a
globular shaped body that is sublime. IT'S A STUNNER!
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