For sale is a lovely decorated art glass lamp blank, vase made by The Durand Glass Company of Vineland, NJ. The pattern is King Tut and it is done in Durand's most popular green color. The vase is large as it stands 10" tall and is 5 1/4" in diameter at the shoulder. The top has a diameter of 2 5/8" outside lip measurements and the foot has a diameter of 2 5/8".
The lamp blank, vase displays a swollen shoulder tapered form with a small raised flaring neck. It has an outstanding King Tut pattern on a light green background glass. The decorating is executed wonderfully as the gold iridescent over green glass has been a real pleaser of Durand King Tut pattern collectors for year. The lamp blank, vase is cased in white. . There are wavy bands and swirls covering the entire body of the vase. Some of these bands are wider than other. The iridescence is just outstanding as you can see vivid hues of platinum blues and teal greens throughout.
The lamp blank, vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings or scratches to the outside surface iridescence. There is a factory drill hole as this form was intended to be used as a lamp. It shows no signs of use as a lamp and it is my firm belief that it was only used as a vase. There are signs of wear along the underside bottom exterior rim. This is typical of normal shelf wear from use as a vase. You can see that the hole was drilled with precision. The area is also to small to accommodate a Durand signature mark as well. When this item was made its intended use was that of a lamp base.
The lamp blank, vase is not signed but the pattern and form is as good as a signature. This was probably made for a company like Crescent Lamp that used these bodies from Durand to make exquisite table lamps. This lamp base blank or vase can be documented in the Book "Durand The Man and his Glass" by Edward J. Meschi. It is on page 58 bottom left and is model number 1719. This one is done in a gold on calcite white but it is the same form. If you desire to have this made into a lamp I have all the period lamp parts to do so. We can discuss the cost of this separately as it is not included in this auction. The piece is being offered just as I found it.
Durand did not start making his Artistic Glass until December 1924. This is when Quezal Glass and Decorating Company 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. They brought 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.
In 1932 The Durand Glass Company discontinued all of its artistic glass, subsequently this vase was made circa 1925-1932.
Durand was a contemporary to Tiffany Studios, Steuben, Quezal and several others in the 1920's. 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 such as Tiffany, Steuben and Quezal.