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. This vase has some size to it as it stands 8 3/8" tall and is 4 1/2" in diameter at the shoulder. The top opening has a diameter of 3 7/8" outside measurements. The foot has a diameter of 2 7/8".
The vase displays a tapered shoulder form with a round flaring neck. It starts out narrow at the bottom and works its way up tapering up and out until it hits the shoulder are. In then comes in to form the neck and then flares out and up. It has a round top opening top receive flowers. The base glass is blue and the wavy white King Tut decoration is just wonderful. 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. The decoration on this vase was executed by a master glass blower. This pattern is also referred to as Coil King Tut.
The vase is considered to be in excellent condition as there are no cracks, nicks, chips or dings. There is the normal shelf wear along the underside outer edge from use as a vase. The vase is signed "Durand" along with the number "8" in an aluminum pencil. This form and pattern is documented in the book "Durand The Man and his Glass" by Edward J. Meschi. The pattern color is on page 55 middle pictures far right and the shape to the left. It is known as shape number 1708 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.