Antique Nailsea English Art Glass Blown Blue & White 3 Piece Fairy Lamp
Offered here for sale is a beautiful piece of hand-made Victorian era English art glass in the form of a lovely 3-piece Nailsea-type fairy lamp. The lamp consists of a blue and white blown glass base with a crimped rim, a blue and white blown dome and a clear glass pressed candle holder. The base has a factory ground and polished pontil mark. This lamp is a Skirts Up style, due to the fact that the rim of the base is turned upwards. The Nailsea name refers to the style of glass made with thin threads of glass of one color (opal white in this case) wound around a different color base (blue in this case) rather than a particular firm. To make this pattern, the threads of glass are manipulated while hot into the pattern, that in this case ended up similar to a pulled feather pattern. Who contracted with numerous firms to manufacture the glass parts. Clarks only manufactured the candles for the lamps, not the glass. This piece or one very similar to this is pictured in the book Phoenix Art Glass: An Identification and Value Guide (Schiffer Book for Collectors) by Leland Marple and this book states that this piece was made by Phoenix Glass (located in Monaca Pennsylvania) under license from Clarke. A very similar Nailsea-type fairy lamp is pictured in Fig. 600 on page 171 of the book of the book Fairy Lamps by Bob and Pat Ruf. Condition: This lamp is in beautiful condition.
There is a tiny defect in one of the crimps from the tongs (see close-up final photo) and there is the usual roughness/chippy edges around the ground opening at the top of the dome; otherwise, I see no chips, cracks, fleabites, or otherwise. In remarkable condition for being over 100 years old. The lamp has great color and is gorgeous as you can see from the photos! Please note - the digital images we display here have been carefully calibrated to insure the most accurate color representation possible. However, due to variations in different computer monitors, the image on your screen may vary from the actual product.
- Style: Victorian
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Object Type: Fairy Lamp
- Color: Blue and White
- Glassmaking Technique: Hand Blown
- Type of Glass: Nailsea