For sale is a lovely vase made by The Durand Glass Company of Vineland, NJ. The vase is a very pleasing size as it is known as a cabinet vase and it is done in their "Blue Lustre" style of art glass. The shape would be considered a tapered shoulder vase. The vase stands 4 3/4" tall and is 2 5/8" in diameter at the shoulder.
The vase displays a wonderful rich blue Aurene, Favrile iridescence. The color is just outstanding!! You can see platinum blues and some gold highlights. There is strong blue purple iridescence at the top just below the neck. The lower portion emits a platinum blue Iridescence. It has a gold green sheen when held to the light at an angle. The base glass appears to be a cobalt blue glass with gold green hues. In fact if you look at the bottom of the vase in the light you actually see the bottom 1/16" is gold glass and not blue. A wonderful color illusion until lit. The iridescence on this vase emits an green gold glow when looking inside.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks or chips to the piece. The Top Rim is polished and smooth. The vase does not have a polished countersunk pontil. The top being flat and polished means that this piece was blown from the top into a mold. It is then cut from the punty rod and then polished smooth. The bottom side of the vase is extremely nice and smooth and shows minimal signs of wear. There is a small tool mark along the outside rim. This is factory and not damage as these are common with pieces cut from the top. The piece is unsigned but it appears to be shape number 1722 in Durand's catalog pages. It more than likely had a paper label like I show in picture number 6. This is the only vase that Durand cut from the top and polished like their European counter parts.
Although they blew glass in a shorter period of time than any of these glass houses Durand made his mark on the art glass world. This is a quality piece of art glass that is considered much rarer because there are by far fewer examples of Durand Art Glass than his contemporaries of the day like L.C.T. Tiffany Favrile, Steuben Aurene, and Quezal and Loetz. They were in business a little more than 7 years. This is a quality piece of art glass that you don't commonly see. So purchase with confidence as I'm sure this vase will enhance one's art glass collection. This is a rare cabinet size from Durand. You collectors of Durand blue iridescence vase please do not let this slip by. This piece was made circa 1924-1931.
Victor Durand did not start making his Artistic Glass until December 1924. This is when Quezal Glass and Decorating Company of Brooklyn, NY went out of Business and Martin Bach Jr. and several of his workers migrated to South Jersey and set up The Fancy Goods Shop at Durand. Durand bought all the molds and inventory. Durand liquidated their stock and blew many of the same shapes using Durand glass formula's. Durand blew glass in the Fancy Shop for only a short time as he was killed in an automobile accident in 1931. When he died, so did the Fancy Shop.