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Glass vase, with cut and engraved decoration in the form of an all-over pattern of diagonal boat-shaped cuts within diagonal engraved wavy lines. Signed and dated.
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Height: 194 millimetres
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- Farquharson's cut-glass designs for Walsh Walsh are among the most striking and original cut glass designs done in Britain in the 1930s. Farquharson trained at the Mosely Road Art School in Birmingham. In 1924, aged 18, he went straight into Walsh Walsh as chief draughtsman, continuing his studies at the Central Art School in Margaret Street until 1931. Initially he was producing working drawings for the factory floor from designs created by others. This vase is among the most successful of his first original designs for the firm, dating from 1934-35. In 1936 the Council for Art and Industry established a National Register of Industrial Art Designers, which included Farquharson, and pieces made after this date often have the initials NRD after his name, as on this example. All of them combined cutting and engraving, thereby providing work for two departments at the factory.
This pattern was known as 'Barry'. Walsh's pattern book includes eight Farquharson designs of this type for heavy cut glass. 'Barry' was the second most expensive of the patterns: an eight-inch vase cost 17.6d, as opposed to 13/6 or 14/6 for the less elaborate patterns. 'Albany' (see 1999,0604.1) was the most expensive pattern of all: an 8-inch vase like this cost 22s.
For further information about Farquharson, see: 'British Glass between the Wars', exhibition catalogue, Broadfield House Glass Museum 1987 pp.20-24 and cat.117-124; R. Dodsworth, 'John Walsh Walsh of Birmingham - Tradition and Innovation 1918-1939' in Journal of the Glass Association, vol 1, 1985, pp.59-76; C. Hajdamach 'Clyne Farquaharson: a collection saved' in Glass Cone no. 22, Summer 1989, pp. 3-4; R. Dodsworth ' William "Clyne" Farquaharson (1906-1972) a short biography', in Journal of the Glass Association, vol 3, 1990, pp.47-52.
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