This month's newsletter highlights :
Peter Layton confirmed
as Isle of Wight Glass Studio Day Guest of Honour ~ Isle of Wight
Studio Glass Perfume Bottles reach new heights
~ Early Mdina pieces to watch out for ~
Commissions by Artius Glass from Timothy Harris @ Isle of Wight Studio Glass
Hello Artius Glass
& I.o.W. Studio Glass Enthusiasts!
All the subscription
members will know by now, since I sent out a 'Stop Press' notice, that at last we have finalised and confirmed the
date for our most looked forward to event at IoWSG - the Collectors Studio Open Day on Sunday November 27th. There are some
places left but they are going fast. So, if you wish to attend, please advise A.S.A.P.
We all look forward to meeting those who manage to get their name down for what
is, as far as possible now, an annual event with all the bells and whistles we can conjure up to make it a very special day
for all our most valued customers and collectors ~ namely you!
Just to whet your appetite we can confirm, as did Richard in the Isle Of Wight Studio Glass Newsletter, that this
year we have managed to persuade yet another first generation founder of the British Studio Glass Movement, namely Peter Layton
now of London Glassblowing, Bermondsey St., London. Take a look at some of his current mouthwatering designs and his profile
showing how closely Peter's career followed almost in parallel that of our founder, Michael Harris. It's nothing short
of fascinating. http://londonglassblowing.co.uk/biography
Also take a look at our website as we are still
an ongoing stockist. www.ArtiusGlass.co.uk
More of this
and other info on the final arrangements will be advised in our next Newsletter around the middle of October.
And now for some Pretty Pictures
of those increasingly scarce pieces fast becoming iconic in status - a large Tricorn Bowl vase made by Michael Harris between
1968-'72. This was clearly one of the trials and so my guess is that it is closer to '68 than '72. Not so pronounced
a triangular shape but unmistakeable nonetheless. Taller and heavier than any we have come across before and with hot shrinkage
creases on each of the flattened sides showing how difficult it was to achieve such a shape without the use of a mould. The
image of the base is to show the typical triangular shape of these pieces. One of the rare last chances to own such a piece
and the only one we have come across for a considerable time – even with our contacts.
Description: Mdina Tricorn Bowl vase (early-possible 'Trial')
Maker : Michael Harris
Date: 1968/'72 Only
I.D. Marks: None
Condition : Very
good (wear marks on base indication of age)
Price: £295.00 (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)
This design has quickly
become one of the most iconic by the hand of Master Glassmaker Timothy Harris. Introduced as far back as 1992 it has evolved
over the years as a symbol of Tim's prodigious glass making skills. It represents the area of outstanding natural beauty
along the southern tip of the Island just above the site of the original Studio at St. Lawrence. At one time it was the only
numbered edition in the Studio's range and several shapes sold out never to be repeated. This is a new shape in the range
known as a 'bag' vase. Currently made by Tim in very limited numbers.
Description: New Era 'Undercliff' vase
Maker : Timothy
@ Isle of Wight Studio Glass
x 11cm(4.25cm)wide(oval profile).
Date: 2016 Only
I.D. Marks: Square
New Era Sticker & Timothy Harris signature and date
Condition : Excellent
Price: SOLD (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)
Many of you may not be aware of this maker/designer who was very prevalent , active and successful
during the 1980's. Jenny was a delightful painter and decorator of an enormous range of perfume bottles which were mould
made by an outside third party and came in a series of shapes. They included a stopper with dipper/applicator in most cases
but not all. What made them special and collectable was the hand created decoration across a range of delightful designs
some of which are shown below. They were either created with hand painted stained glass colours or, in the case of the most
desirable ones, gold or silver electro plated designs. The gold and silver ones were created by coating the basic bottle
in wax and then hand carving away the design to remove those parts to be plated and a nickel design applied to the bottle.
This was then put in a tank of water with a piece of gold or silver and a charge of electricity applied to the metal and another
charge to the bottle which created a process of chemically transferring the gold or silver to the uncoated exposed parts
of the glass with fascinating effect.
This became a very substantial business for Jenny and her then husband Robert
until, as so often happens, a large distributor found that he could get a similar item made in China and flooded the market
with an inferior product undercutting Jenny and destroying her hard work and business. Sad but all too common. The copies
of course had none of the hand made quality but the look was all too similar. They ceased production in the early 2000's
but I do have a good contact for supply of their best pieces. These on offer here with gold or silver on coloured glass are
the rarest. Most are on plain colourless glass with a frosted finish. See our website for another eleven examples (http://www.artiusglass.co.uk/id65.html) but these below are initially exclusive to you (p.c.g. members)
3.(a. b. c. d. e. f.)
Description: Jenny Blair Designs Perfume Bottle
Maker : Jenny Blair
SOLD (less pcg disc.
+ Free p&p)
Amphora: 9cm(3.5”)high x 4.5cm(1.75”)diam.
Price: ALL SOLD (less pcg disc.
+ Free p&p)
Date: Mid Eighties in the main
I.D. Marks: Embossed
JBD initials to base
Condition : Excellent (as new)
we have had a very pleasant surprise and I would even go as far as to say a SHOCK!
I have just completed
my usual estimate of value based on the retail price at the time and then updated it using the retail price index. We then
researched the relative rarity of length of time in production. A further increment is added for a Michael Harris signature
which in the case of a piece of IoW Studio Glass is around x 2. Firstly this size of Fish Vase was only made in 1982 and
early '83 but this colour NEVER appeared on ANY of our archive price lists as a Fish Vase in '83 & '84 even
though this small size was listed but NOT in green. However it was clearly made in '86 for the well documented order which
I originally took on the Studio's trade stand at the International Spring Gift Fair at NEC in that year for an American
large store order (hence the numbering as they insisted even though there was no such thing as a limited edition of IoWSG)
This was clearly a special in green for that order (which I have no recollection of) It then becomes clear that this is a
RARE gem indeed and I do not normally apply that description lightly or glibly. So the price reflects that much overused accolade.
So you can see
why I am shocked. It didn't sink in until I got it home and researched it properly.
what a collectors increasingly valuable gem. First Come, First Served !!!
Description: 'Fish Vase' Green Azurene
Maker : Michael Harris
Date: 1986 Only
I.D. Marks: SIGNED
'MICHAEL HARRIS Isle of Wight Glass England 29/500
Condition : Very
Price: SOLD (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)
Perfume Bottle 'Silly
The 'silly season' seems
to be charging on without abate. Just finished, (14th Aug.) a small Renaissance cone shaped perfume bottle on Ebay at an eye-watering £409.99.!! What is going on??!! Bought again by n***s but clearly had to be bid up by another, k***v.
I can only assume
that 'someone' knows more than the rest of us ~ but WHAT??! This surely can't be one of our 'avids'.......
can it?? One of our avids emailed me ~ “at that level it makes my collection of 220 bottles worth over £88,000
Iconic Early M.H. Pieces
I now feel at this point that it is worth
noting the increasing scarcity with which Michael's best known designs are appearing on the open market. There are two
obvious reasons for this. Firstly that their supply is finite ~ as I have said above he is not going to come back to make
any more, let alone sign them. Secondly, with the increasing awareness by our the 'avids' of precisely that fact,
more and more are being tucked away into treasured collections, creating even greater scarcity. This will naturally have an
effect on supply and demand which will also govern the going price and value and perhaps that, albeit prematurely, is what
the seller of the above iconic 'Crizzle Stone' is aware of .
At least that scenario
probably means that more will come onto the market as the first publicity of one by Andy McConnell on the Antiques Road
Show proved. Only two or three were recorded in existence at the time. But very quickly we became aware of the current count
which is 23, with only 13 of those signed by Michael.
As a result I thought I should give you a short list
of those early Mdina items as made by Michael Harris between 1968 – 72 and needless to say the scarcest
and most valuable would be those items signed by him but the most difficult to identify are those without his signature but
made by him.
So keep a look out for ~
3. Attenuated Bottle Vase
4. Tricorn Attenuated Bottle
5. Multi Trailed Attenuated Bottles
6. Tricorn Bowl Vases (as above)
7. Chinese Bowl Vases.
8. Fish vase.
9 Onion Vase.
10 Japanese Vase
Now this is easier said than done as many were continued to be made by his glass making successor, Joseph Said. But
there are differences and we are happy to advise and confirm if you come across them and are not sure. After all for those
subscription members it is what you pay your sub for. Of course if they are signed by Michael that confirmation (except for
forgeries) would not be needed. Both Joseph Said and Michael's financial partner Eric Dobson did sign from time to time
but the difference is obvious as Michael's signature can be clearly read and the other two are illegible squiggles.
by Artius Glass from Timothy Harris @ I.o. W. Studio Glass
Some of our longer standing members may recall that on a few occasions we have commissioned an exclusive design
from Tim to give you something really special.
Two from the past were 'Charleston' and 'Jasmine'
then laterally 'Sunset Isle'. All were made in such limited editions as to not even scratch the surface considering
demand. We were adamant that no more than around 10 of each shape should be made and that was adhered to. So again these would
be really rare and valuable gems now.
We are excited to have recently come up with another commission which is
just going into production with Tim.
The principle we have adopted this time (our collectors club numbers have
swelled somewhat since those last commissions !) is to chose some attractive and favoured St. Lawrence Studio designs from
the last 30 plus years and then asked Tim to incorporate these designs into large 'Fish Vases'! The commission will
comprise around 16 different designs from the past St. Lawrence production only and there will be a maximum of five pieces in any one of those designs. This will no doubt be spread over the next
2-3 years so plenty of time to get something.
This has also generated some discussion between Tim and
ourselves and he will be introducing some 'New Era' designs to compliment ours.
We do hope you like the idea and we will
keep you advised as production progresses.
As ever, our very best
Ron and Ann
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