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Antiques Considered - September 28, 2011

This satin glass bowl comes from the estate of a gentleman from Hopewell whose family thinks he purchased it from an antique shop more than 50 years ago. It is a peachy rose base, and the brass stand is attached, but the bowl is not drilled to hold it. The bowl is in perfect condition, without any signs of cracks or chips.

The present owner has been unable to find a maker’s label on the bowl, and has no information as to where it originated, or how much the late owner paid for it. About 25 years ago the late owner took it to an appraiser who told him it was worth between $300 and $400.

This piece is one of the finest examples of satin glass I have seen. The body is quilted and overlaid with the white glass liner. The quilted design is in perfect alignment and the brass base is of good design. Overlaid glass refers to the process of plaiting two or more different colors of glass together, thereby forming a white background for the colored surface. Overlaid glass is opaque, as opposed to being translucent. As with many other such pieces of this genre and period, the bowl probably comes form one of the great Ohio glass factories of the late 19th or early 20th centuries.

Satin glass is a term we use to describe the unique finish that resembles satin cloth. It has a smooth finish, and the better pieces exhibit the overall quilted design. It always has been quite popular, and sells well both in shops and at auction.

Modern reproductions from Asia are on the market, and buyers need to use caution in purchasing pieces that “look good,” but in fact might be copies or knock-offs. This piece is worth at least the earlier appraisal figure, and at a glass auction possibly could go over $500.

Happy antiquing!
Lisa and Henry Hull operate Commonwealth Antiques and Appraisals, Inc. at 5150 Jessie DuPont Hwy., 22570 (P. O. Box 35). Wicomico Church, Va. 22570. Write to them or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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