Guide to collecting carnival glass, America’s iridescent glassware

Fenton carnival glass bowl

The term “carnival glass” has evolved through the years as glass collectors have responded to the idea that much of this beautiful glassware was made as giveaway glass at local carnivals and fairs. However, more of it was made and sold through the same channels as pattern glass and Depression glass. Some patterns were indeed giveaways, and others were used as advertising premiums or souvenirs. This article offers a list of major carnival glass makers and popular forms. Read More +

Japan’s Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum Collection offered by Michaan’s in November

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In what’s being called ‘the largest single transaction in the world of decorative arts,’ Michaan’s Auctions will deaccess in November Japan’s Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum collection. The collection was crafted by Takeo Horiuchi, the founder and director of the Louis C. Tiffany Garden Museum, and Alastair Duncan, an author and authority on Art Nouveau artworks and Art Deco. Read More +

Fenton art glass prototypes in private hands

Fenton glass basket

An April 21 auction curated by Fenton Art Glass Company staff sets records and bids farewell as the company moves toward the final stages of closing for good. The “star” of the sale was surely lot 52, the super rare Karnak Red 14 inches tall offhand Egyptian vase with hand applied Hanging Hearts and random threading and applied cobalt blue short stem and foot. Rarities such as this are seldom available in today’s marketplace, so it was no surprise when spirited bidding took place, and the vase finally sold for $11,000. Read More +