20th Century Design Online
Three Imperial Art Glass Vases, Bellaire, Ohio, early 20th century, all in dark blue glass with mirror blue iridescence, "Free Hand" form 202, an ovoid form on circular base, polished pontil, maker's paper label, ht. 5; "Free Hand" form 136 (variant), a vasiform with cut and everted rim, polished pontil, maker's paper label, ht. 6 3/4; and "Lead Lustre" form 655-10, a baluster form with swirls of cobalt and orange, polished pontil, unmarked, ht. 7 in.
Note: 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.
No visible damage or repairs.
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