20th Century Design Online
Two Imperial Art Glass Vases, Bellaire, Ohio, early 20th century, "Free Hand" form 419 with white on blue drag loop decoration, "Lead Lustre" form 412 white on blue drag loop decoration, both with drag loop decoration and polished pontils, both unmarked, a waisted cylinder, ht. 11 1/2, 10 1/4 in.
Note: Imperial's "Free Hand" line of art glass was only produced in 1923 and 1924. From an old Imperial catalog: "Free Hand, made by the hands of an artist, no molds or forms of any kind used and no two pieces alike."
Imperial's "Lead Lustre" line of art glass, made in paste molds before being decorated and finished, was only produced in 1925 and 1926. By using molds, the most important element in making art glass, creativity, was limited primarily to lustre glaze techniques. (Imperialglass.net)
Provenance: From the collection of Ronald L. Casebier.
Taller vase with small chip in pontil probably in the making.
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