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The Glass Fair at Knebworth House - 24 February 2019

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Event: The Glass Fair at Knebworth
Organiser: Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd
Venue: Knebworth House, Stevenage, SG1 2AX
Date: 24 February 2019
Stand Enquiries: 01787 277100


Antiques News & Fairs - Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February

 Madelena Antiques

Rene Lalique opalescent glass 'Rampillion' Vase. Blue stained details. Wheel cut makers mark, 'R. LALIQUE FRANCE'. Engraved, 'N 991'. Book reference: Marcilhac 991. Price £2075

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House, famous worldwide for its rock concerts and also as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton, will be the venue for the return of the Glass Fair at Knebworth, now full established and with a companion Glass Fair at Ickworth House in Suffolk.  The fair is held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex made up of two 400 year old tithe barns, the Manor and the Lodge, plus the Cobbold and Lytton Barns, two brand new oak structures which were completed in September 2011.

 

The Glass Fair attracts around 70 exhibitors whose stock covers a wide variety of glass of all ages and genres.

 

The original Cambridge Glass Fair was founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley and, in a similar way, this fair offers the ideal opportunity to find both antique glass and contemporary studio work: glass from all eras and to suit all tastes. Many knowledgeable specialists are happy to extol the wonders of the glass making eras from Georgian drinking glasses, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods right through to experts in the contemporary fields of modernist collectables and art glass.

Organisers Specialist Glass Fairs pay tribute to the world of glass by offering visitors the opportunity to meet some well-known personalities including Eric Knowles, Sam Herman, Andy McConnell and Mark Hill and have supported several book launches and selling exhibitions. The Stained Glass Museum from Ely cathedral has also been a regular exhibitor in the past, selling some fabulous medieval and Victorian glass set into leadwork which can be hung in windows to catch the sun, as well as more modern stained glass. The lively gathering, which attracts a long queue of enthusiasts, is a celebration the fascinating medium of glass in all its applications which have been exploited over thousands of years by the artisans who have chosen to work with this material and discover its possibilities. 

The archive pages of the website have recently been updated and all previous foyer exhibitions have now been reinstated together with exhibitor interview pages where some of our regular exhibitors give an insight into their interest in the world of glass dealing and collecting. Contemporary glass artist Jilly Cunningham is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February 2019

La Boheme Glass - Hora Skrdlovice Pink Vase Price £129.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR


The foyer exhibition for February 2019 will be Whitefriars Cloudy, Striped and Swirled.

Fabulous cloudy Whitefriars glass: lovely colour combinations and patterns in a range produced from the late 1920s until the end of the 1930s and designed by several of the factory's leading names, such as Harry, Marriott and Barnaby Powell and William Butler.

This exhibition is loaned mainly by Graham Hudson, a regular exhibitor at the fairs and a great collector of Powell glass. He has honed his collection over the years and now owns an exciting and comprehensive number of pieces, some of which are exceedingly rare.

There will be around forty items on display in the annexe off Hall 1. Graham is very knowledgeable and will be happy to talk to visitors about them - especially as one or two will be offered for sale!

Among the rarer pieces are some lovely Butler bowls in a variety of patterns and colours, a 17.5 inch tall possible lampbase and a green and blue powder bowl.

We are also including some 'mystery' pieces about which we have some limited information and are asking our visitors if they have any examples or any further knowledge.

In June 2016 there was an exhibition of Whitefriars glass held in Hinckley, Leicestershire called 'Whitefriars Revisited' which was curated by Chris Woolman.

Specialist Glass Fair were delighted to hear that one of the visitors was the daughter of a Mrs. Catherine Smith who was an ex-Whitefriars employee who had worked at the factory between 1947 and 1952.

After further discussion it was learned that Mrs Smith had got along well with Tom Hill, one of the designer/makers at Whitefriars. The story revealed that he sometimes made small pieces for her in the firm's lunch break.

It appears that during the late 1940s/early '50s a range of 'cloudy-type' glass - often incorporating whorls similar to some Scottish glass - was introduced by Whitefriars (we don't know more than this - who it might have been produced for is also an unknown). Mrs. Smith was quite taken by the colours and shapes, so Tom made a few pieces especially for her which she kept and those were the pieces that her daughter took along to the exhibition.

This was exciting news because these items had appeared in small numbers at fairs and antique centres over the years and they were a mystery. Lots of possible attributions had been suggested - Stevens and Williams, Nazeing, Caithness and so on - but no one could come up with anything definite.

So...here are some of the pieces that have been 'put away' by one or two of us as it would now appear that the mystery has been solved. Obviously we'd like to know more, so if anyone has anything to add to our limited knowledge we'd be very, very pleased to hear from them.

Cloudy Powell/Whitefriars glass is one of the most desirable ranges produced because of the stunning colourways all displayed together.

Visitors will be able to see part of this unique exhibition and learn a little bit more about this highly collectable British glass. 

Glass expert and television personality Andy McConnell will also be at the fair to chat to visitors about their glass.


Antiques News & Fairs - The Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February 2019

 

M&D Moir - Opalescent and blue stained Rene Lalique 'Plumes De Paon' pattern Bowl.

Designed 1932, signed, Ref: Marcilhac 10-375, 25.5 cms across. Price £1,650.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February 2019

 

Bonnan's Antique Glass A fine Theresienthal enamel flower decorated hock glass. Circa 1905. POA

 

TICKET INFO:

Admission to the show is £5.00 (accompanied children go free). For times and more information, visit The Cambridge Glass Fair at Knebworth.


Cover Image: Madelena Antiques:  Rene Lalique opalescent glass 'Rampillion' Vase. Blue stained details. Wheel cut makers mark, 'R. LALIQUE FRANCE'. Engraved, 'N 991'. Book reference: Marcilhac 991. Price £2075

 


 

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The Glass Fair at Knebworth House - 24 February 2019

 Antiques News - Antique Fair - The Glass Fair at Knebworth

 
Event: The Glass Fair at Knebworth
Organiser: Specialist Glass Fairs Ltd
Venue: Knebworth House, Stevenage, SG1 2AX
Date: 24 February 2019
Stand Enquiries: 01787 277100


Antiques News & Fairs - Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February

 Madelena Antiques

Rene Lalique opalescent glass 'Rampillion' Vase. Blue stained details. Wheel cut makers mark, 'R. LALIQUE FRANCE'. Engraved, 'N 991'. Book reference: Marcilhac 991. Price £2075

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

One of England’s most beloved stately homes, Knebworth House, famous worldwide for its rock concerts and also as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton, will be the venue for the return of the Glass Fair at Knebworth, now full established and with a companion Glass Fair at Ickworth House in Suffolk.  The fair is held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex made up of two 400 year old tithe barns, the Manor and the Lodge, plus the Cobbold and Lytton Barns, two brand new oak structures which were completed in September 2011.

 

The Glass Fair attracts around 70 exhibitors whose stock covers a wide variety of glass of all ages and genres.

 

The original Cambridge Glass Fair was founded along with the respected collector and glass expert Dr. Graham Cooley and, in a similar way, this fair offers the ideal opportunity to find both antique glass and contemporary studio work: glass from all eras and to suit all tastes. Many knowledgeable specialists are happy to extol the wonders of the glass making eras from Georgian drinking glasses, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods right through to experts in the contemporary fields of modernist collectables and art glass.

Organisers Specialist Glass Fairs pay tribute to the world of glass by offering visitors the opportunity to meet some well-known personalities including Eric Knowles, Sam Herman, Andy McConnell and Mark Hill and have supported several book launches and selling exhibitions. The Stained Glass Museum from Ely cathedral has also been a regular exhibitor in the past, selling some fabulous medieval and Victorian glass set into leadwork which can be hung in windows to catch the sun, as well as more modern stained glass. The lively gathering, which attracts a long queue of enthusiasts, is a celebration the fascinating medium of glass in all its applications which have been exploited over thousands of years by the artisans who have chosen to work with this material and discover its possibilities. 

The archive pages of the website have recently been updated and all previous foyer exhibitions have now been reinstated together with exhibitor interview pages where some of our regular exhibitors give an insight into their interest in the world of glass dealing and collecting. Contemporary glass artist Jilly Cunningham is the latest contributor to our exhibitor interviews and this can be viewed here.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February 2019

La Boheme Glass - Hora Skrdlovice Pink Vase Price £129.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR


The foyer exhibition for February 2019 will be Whitefriars Cloudy, Striped and Swirled.

Fabulous cloudy Whitefriars glass: lovely colour combinations and patterns in a range produced from the late 1920s until the end of the 1930s and designed by several of the factory's leading names, such as Harry, Marriott and Barnaby Powell and William Butler.

This exhibition is loaned mainly by Graham Hudson, a regular exhibitor at the fairs and a great collector of Powell glass. He has honed his collection over the years and now owns an exciting and comprehensive number of pieces, some of which are exceedingly rare.

There will be around forty items on display in the annexe off Hall 1. Graham is very knowledgeable and will be happy to talk to visitors about them - especially as one or two will be offered for sale!

Among the rarer pieces are some lovely Butler bowls in a variety of patterns and colours, a 17.5 inch tall possible lampbase and a green and blue powder bowl.

We are also including some 'mystery' pieces about which we have some limited information and are asking our visitors if they have any examples or any further knowledge.

In June 2016 there was an exhibition of Whitefriars glass held in Hinckley, Leicestershire called 'Whitefriars Revisited' which was curated by Chris Woolman.

Specialist Glass Fair were delighted to hear that one of the visitors was the daughter of a Mrs. Catherine Smith who was an ex-Whitefriars employee who had worked at the factory between 1947 and 1952.

After further discussion it was learned that Mrs Smith had got along well with Tom Hill, one of the designer/makers at Whitefriars. The story revealed that he sometimes made small pieces for her in the firm's lunch break.

It appears that during the late 1940s/early '50s a range of 'cloudy-type' glass - often incorporating whorls similar to some Scottish glass - was introduced by Whitefriars (we don't know more than this - who it might have been produced for is also an unknown). Mrs. Smith was quite taken by the colours and shapes, so Tom made a few pieces especially for her which she kept and those were the pieces that her daughter took along to the exhibition.

This was exciting news because these items had appeared in small numbers at fairs and antique centres over the years and they were a mystery. Lots of possible attributions had been suggested - Stevens and Williams, Nazeing, Caithness and so on - but no one could come up with anything definite.

So...here are some of the pieces that have been 'put away' by one or two of us as it would now appear that the mystery has been solved. Obviously we'd like to know more, so if anyone has anything to add to our limited knowledge we'd be very, very pleased to hear from them.

Cloudy Powell/Whitefriars glass is one of the most desirable ranges produced because of the stunning colourways all displayed together.

Visitors will be able to see part of this unique exhibition and learn a little bit more about this highly collectable British glass. 

Glass expert and television personality Andy McConnell will also be at the fair to chat to visitors about their glass.


Antiques News & Fairs - The Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February 2019

 

M&D Moir - Opalescent and blue stained Rene Lalique 'Plumes De Paon' pattern Bowl.

Designed 1932, signed, Ref: Marcilhac 10-375, 25.5 cms across. Price £1,650.

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Glass Fair at Knebworth 25 February 2019

 

Bonnan's Antique Glass A fine Theresienthal enamel flower decorated hock glass. Circa 1905. POA

 

TICKET INFO:

Admission to the show is £5.00 (accompanied children go free). For times and more information, visit The Cambridge Glass Fair at Knebworth.


Cover Image: Madelena Antiques:  Rene Lalique opalescent glass 'Rampillion' Vase. Blue stained details. Wheel cut makers mark, 'R. LALIQUE FRANCE'. Engraved, 'N 991'. Book reference: Marcilhac 991. Price £2075

 


 

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