For sale is a lovely decorated art glass vase made by The Durand Glass Company of Vineland, NJ. The pattern is called King Tut and it is done in Durand's most popular blue. The vase is a nice cabinet size as it 6 3/4" tall and is 4 1/2" in diameter at the top ruffled lips widest point. The foot has a diameter of 3".
The vase displays a classic Greek form with a ruffled top lip. It starts out on a round foot. It has a slightly swollen mid section and comes in a little at the neck before flaring out and up with a ruffled or wavy top lip or opening. The base glass is blue and the wavy blue King Tut decoration is absolutely superb. 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 blue and purple. The decoration on this vase was executed by a master glass blower. This is by far the nicest Durand King Tut vase I have ever had the pleasure of owning.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is 1 tiny horizontal scratch to the body 5/16" long and this is pictured. There is the normal shelf wear along the underside outer edge from use as a vase. The vase is not signed but there is no mistake as to who made this vase. It is well documented in the book "Durand The Man and his Glass" by Edward J. Meschi. The pattern color is on page 12 bottom right and it is shape number 1706 on page 165.
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. In 1932 The Durand Glass Company discontinued all of its artistic glass, subsequently this vase was made circa 1925-1932.