For sale is a lovely piece of art glass made by The Durand Glass Company of Vineland, NJ. I have a very nice vase done in Durand's popular spider webbing pulled feather technique. The vase is a nice cabinet size as it stands 6 1/2" tall and is 3 1/16" in diameter at the shoulder. The top has a diameter of 1 15/16" outside measurement.
The vase displays a a tapered shoulder form with a flaring and rolled foot and flaring top lip. The body of the vase has a very beautiful subtle orange/gold Aurene, Favrile iridescence to it. It is further decorated with a yellow or gold feather pull design that is pulled from just under the shoulder to the bottom foot and continues underneath the vase to the center pontil. This feather pull is outlined in a bluish green iridescence. To finish off this vase is very fine threading applied to the exterior surface to mimic a spider web. The threading is very thin and extremely delicate.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings or scratches to body of the vase. The spider threading on this vase is about as good as it can get. Typically this is a lot of thread loss with this technique because of how delicate the threads are. I am happy to report that this has 98-99% of its thread with only 1 area of loss that I can find and this is pictured. It is also extremely minor and considered insignificant. This vase is not signed as is the case with many Durand art glass pieces. They usually had a paper label like the one pictured on a blue bottom. These simply fell off over time from cleaning. This vase's shape can be documented in the book "Durand The Man and his Glass" by Edward J. Meschi. It is on page 58 bottom right and is known as shape number 1731. On page 166 bottom row 2nd from right you can see a black and white cartoon drawing of this shape.
Quezal also used this shape in their catalog line. When Quezal closed in 1924, Martin Bach and a few glass blowers came down to set up the "Fancy Goods Shop" at Durand. They brought all the molds necessary to start blowing and all the remaining inventory. Durand liquidated their stock and blew many of the same shapes using Durand's glass formula's. In 1932 The Durand Glass Company discontinued all of its artistic glass.
Victor 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.
Durand was a contemporary to Tiffany Studios, Steuben, Loetz, 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. This piece was made circa 1924-1932.