Cranberry/ruby glasses, hand blown, old? interesting?

Discussion in 'Pottery, Glass, and Porcelain' started by ValerieK, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. ValerieK

    ValerieK Active Member

    Cranbery - 1.jpg Cranberry - 1 (1).jpg Cranberry - 1.jpg

    These are four handblown cranberry or ruby glasses. I'm hoping to get an idea of the age and perhaps the country of manufacture, if not the actual manufacturer. They are nicely made but as a set they vary slightly in both colour and size, one being obviously larger, and one has much darker areas of red. This makes them obviously hand made and individual, but I don't know if that is an asset or a drawback. They are lovely glasses, but do they have any age or interest?
  2. antidiem

    antidiem Well-Known Member

    These are stunning.
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  3. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    That red looks like it has an orange tint,so maybe Italian ? Lovely !
  4. ValerieK

    ValerieK Active Member

    Thanks for comment! I think the orange tint may be my digital camera's idea of improving on reality, the last photo, of the base, is the closest to the real ruby colour. I am glad that people think these are lovely, I was worried they might think the lack of consistency was a major flaw. I'm hoping to sell them when I find out more about them! I will have a search for Italian ruby or cranberry glass, that isn't a country I had thought of before. My thoughts were France, England, Bohemia, perhaps a small glass studio workshop.
  5. George Nesmith

    George Nesmith Well-Known Member

    It looks lie the bowl and stem were made separately. Also red glass is yellow coming from the pat and needs to be struck(reheated) to turn red.
  6. ValerieK

    ValerieK Active Member

    The bowl and stem could well have been made separately, although the one with the darker red circle on the base also has a darker colour at the bottom of the bowl. Maybe the two pieces were made at the same time and quickly joined. Interesting that the red glass is initially yellow, perhaps that's why my camera saw them as a bit orange!
  7. ValerieK

    ValerieK Active Member

    While researching these I found almost all ruby glasses seem to have clear stems, the only ones I could find with a ruby stem came from Italy, made by Murano. I will keep looking, but I'm now inclining towards the Italian provenance!
  8. Cherryhill

    Cherryhill Well-Known Member

    There are several ways of making 'red' glassware. Metallic components generally do best, Gold, copper, iron, all can be made to 'strike' reddish. The color shown here looks more like iron than gold ruby, assuming the color is close. And there are several ways to make blown bowl and pressed stem. Too complex to go into here.
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  9. George Nesmith

    George Nesmith Well-Known Member

    Having seen glass stems made at the Tacoma Glass Museum I tend to think of all of these as being made in two or three parts which are attached.
  10. janettekay

    janettekay Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="ValerieK, post: 2502089, member: 7360" the only ones I could find with a ruby stem came from Italy, made by Murano.
    possible..made IN Murano (a Venitian island) ...not is a region not a company.
  11. ValerieK

    ValerieK Active Member

    Ok, made in Murano not by Murano, but everyone usually knows the glass as Murano glass, rather than the individual workshops (apart from the more famous designers). I stand corrected, it's a bit like modern pieces marked Dresden, which is a place and group of factories, and it wouldn't be correct to say "made by Dresden", so I see your point. Apart from that, do you think they might be made on Murano island?
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