- Museum number
Vase; clear glass cased with dark amethyst, cut with broad vertical flutes alternating with panels of horizontal step cutting, leaving the dark layer at the edges to highlight the pattern.
- Production date
- 1935 (circa)
Height: 252 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Traditional cut glass was the mainstay of Webb's business in the interwar years. This vase is one of a special line of cut glass designed for the Rembrandt Guild in Birmingham. The pieces all combined black and clear glass to dramtic effect and all bore the special mark described above. The range was designed by Webb's in-house designer Tom Pritchard and Anna Fogelberg, wife of the firm's Swedish general Manager Sven Fogelberg, appointed in 1932. Fogelberg revolutionised Webb's designs as well as bringing glass makers from his native Sweden (he had previously worked at Kosta), and from Germany, Holland and Czechoslovakia.
A similar vase is in the Broadfield House Glass Museum, see exhibition catalogue ' British Glass between the wars' Kingswinford 1987, no.278. See also F. Leibe and J. Hayhurst, 'Glass of the 20's and 30's: A Collector's Guide, London 1999, p. 33. The glass appears black but is in fact a very dark amethyst colour.
For further information of the Rembrandt Guild, see The Glass Cone, no. 63, Spring 2003, p. 7
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number