For sale is a beautiful piece of art glass made by The Durand Glass Company of Vineland, NJ. I have a very nice vase done in Durand's most sought after of the feathering colors they made. This vase has some size to it as it stands 7 5/16" tall and is 7 1/2" in diameter. The top opening has a diameter of 4 3/8".
The vase has an orb or large rose bowl form. It displays a wonderful feathered pattern. The lower body of the vase is clear crystal with a ruby upper half. It is further decorated with white feathering or a feather pulled design. The feathering has ruby horizontal lines running across them. This vase is stunning and you can tell that it was executed and blown by a master art glass blower. This pattern was called "Peacock Feather" in the Durand catalog.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings or major scratches to body of the vase. This vase is signed with an aluminum pencil on the bottom that reads "DURAND" inside a "V" and the form number "1995-8". This was considered an 8" tall vase in their line. This pattern can be documented in the book "Durand The Man and his Glass" by Edward J. Meschi. It is on page 76-83. The shape is on page 48. This is known as shape number 1995. On page 172 bottom row 3rd from left you can see a black and white cartoon drawing of this shape.
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.