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Opaline quatrefoil vase - MS.248

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Location: Great Britain
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Beautifully enamelled opaline glass vase in quatrefoil form by Thomas Webb, decorated in the so-called “Moroccan” pattern, ca. 1880 Thomas Webb, the son of a successful Stourbridge farmer, became partner in several glassworks in the Stourbridge area near Birmingham, in the first half of the 19th century. Around 1860 he changed the company's name to Thomas Webb and Sons and welcomed into the business his two sons, Thomas and Charles. The company specialised in high quality engraved crystal glass and also speciality coloured glass. Frederick E. Kny, a Bohemian master glass engraver worked for Webb from 1860 until 1896. He joined the company at the age of 27 and had his own separate workshop within the factory. William Fritsche, another Bohemian master engraver, joined Thomas Webb and Sons at the age of 15 in 1868, and he too had his own workshop within the factory until he died in 1924. Kny and Fritsche were the most famous and successful of the crystal glass engravers at Thomas Webb's, and examples of their artefacts can be found today in the world's leading glass museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Corning Museum in the USA. In 1878 Thomas Webb & Sons were the only company awarded a Grand Prix for glass in the Paris International Exhibition, and the official catalogue of this exhibition described the company as "the best makers of Crystal Glass in England, and consequently in the world". - (MS.248)


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