For sale is a wonderful sherbet made by The Durand Glass Company of Vineland, NJ. The pattern is Durand's popular "Spanish Yellow" dinnerware line. The sherbet stands 2 9/16" tall and is 5 1/4" in diameter at the top outside measurements. The bottom has a diameter of 3.
The sherbet displays a squat ribbed form on a round foot. The base glass is a translucent yellow glass. The ribbing in the bowl gives it an optic appearance. The edge of the bowl or lip is covered in a translucent green lip wrap. This adds such elegance to this piece. The bowl sits on a round with a rolled over edge. This rolled edge folds under the vessel and forms a 1/4" border that is perfectly executed.
The sherbet is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is minor scratches but nothing too obtrusive. The sherbet is not signed but the glass style and form is as good as a signature. There is also a small counter sunk polished pontil. This is the finishing sign of a quality piece of art glass. This form can be documented in the book "Durand The Man and his Glass" by Edward J. Meschi. It is on page 97 lower far left and is model or shape number 417. In 1932 The Durand Glass Company discontinued all of its artistic glass, subsequently this vase was made circa 1925-1932.
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.
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.