A small and surprisingly heavy 1930s 'Antique Glass' vase, executed in unusually colourful streaky glass shot through with tiny bubbles, produced by Hartley Wood & Co. of Great Britain.
These 'Antique Glass' vases were originally conceived by the glassworks - primarily a window glass manufacturer - as a means of supplementing their income, and were made very naïvely using the same glass as their maelstrom-like stained window panes.
But much of the charm lies in their rustic naïvety - the shapes were blown free-form and tended to be off-centre, the rims were usually unevenly sheared off before fire-polishing, the vases were broken off the punty rod and left unground.
The factory re-released the series in the 1980s, but unfortunately ironed out all the ostensible 'flaws' that made them wonderful.
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