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Consolidated "Cased Opalescent Martele"

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2015 Annual Convention banquet presentation by Tom Jiamachello and Josh Bair about the cased opalescent glass made by the Consolidated Glass Company of Coraopolis, PA. Cased opalescent glass is rare and this presentation shows examples from several collections to convey the range of colors and forms Consolidated made this glass in.

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Consolidated "Cased Opalescent Martele"

  1. 1. Phoenix Reuben-Line 1 Consolidated “Cased Opalescent Martelé” © Tom Jiamachello 2015
  2. 2. Five Questions 2 1 What is “cased” glass? 2 Who designed and produced the line? 3 When was it produced? 4 In what colors was it made? 5 In what shapes was it made?
  3. 3. 1 What is “cased” glass? 3 definition (Wilson page 197): “cased glass”: the use of two layers of glass, usually an inner layer of opal (milk glass) that is then covered by an outer layer of glass. In the 1890s, Consolidated added a layer of clear glass over a very thin inner layer of colored glass. In the 1926-1930 period, Consolidated changed the inner layer to an opal (milk) glass and the outer layer to clear glass, which then had a ceramic finish (wash) fired onto it.
  4. 4. 1 What is “cased” glass? 4 1893-1900 cased glass
  5. 5. 1 What is “cased” glass? 5 1927-1930 cased glass
  6. 6. 2 Who designed and produced the Cased Opalescent Martelé“ line?? 6 • Reuben Haley created the designs for this line. • Consolidated Lamp & Glass Company produced this line as part of their “Art Glassware Division”
  7. 7. 2 When was it produced? 7 • This line was introduced at the Fort Pitt Hotel in January 1926. Fewer than six months prior to this date in 1925, Reuben Haley had seen a traveling exhibition which came to Pittsburgh of 400 articles which included 50 examples of glass, many designed by Lalique, from the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris. • At that exhibition, René Lalique presented “Glass vases decorated with large berries, brown scarabs, birds. Glass vases in blue and gray, opal and in violet and opal green. Lalique used in particular an opalescent glass with figures molded in high relief. Sound familiar? It should. That describes Reuben Haley’s Martelé line.
  8. 8. 4 In what documented colors was it made? Lilac Sepia Jade Cameo Pink Honey Daffodil Yellow Russet (Red) Light Blue 8
  9. 9. 4 In what shapes was the cased “Martelé” made? 9 23 molds have been found in cased versions: (1-12) Bird of Paradise Vase (2549) Bittersweet Vase (2785) Blackberry Umbrella Vase (2587) Chickadee Vase (2589) Cockatoo Vase (2754) Dancing Girl (2843) Dogwood Vase (2787) Dragonfly Vase (2785) Humming-Bird Vase (2588) Jonquil Vase (2683) Katydid Oval Vase (2666) Le Fleur Vase (2550)
  10. 10. 4 In what shapes was the cased “Martelé” made? 10 23 molds have been found in cased versions: (13-23) Line 700 Vase 7 inch (700) Line 700 Vase 10 inch Vase (701) Love-Bird Banana Boat (2754) Love-Bird Vase (2752) Nuthatch Planter Vase (02757) Pine Cone Vase (2753) Screech-Owl Vase (02756) Sea-Gull Vase (02758) Fish Vase (02753) Cockatoo Shade, small size Cockatoo Shade, large size
  11. 11. 1. Shape #2549 - Bird of Paradise vase 11
  12. 12. 2. Shape #2875- Bittersweet vase 12
  13. 13. 3. Shape #2587 - Blackberry (umbrella) vase 13
  14. 14. 4. Shape #2589 - Chickadee vase 14
  15. 15. 5. Shape #2687 - Chrysanthemum vase 15
  16. 16. 6. Shape #2754 - Cockatoo vase 16
  17. 17. 7. Shape #2843 - Dancing Nudes (Pan) vase 17
  18. 18. 8. Shape #2787 - Dogwood vase 18
  19. 19. 99 Shape #2785 - Dragonfly 19
  20. 20. 99 Shape #2785 - Dragonfly 20
  21. 21. 10 Shape #2682 - Floral vase 21
  22. 22. 11 Shape #2681 - Foxglove vase 22
  23. 23. 12 Shape #2588 - Humming-bird vase 23
  24. 24. 13 Shape #2683 - Jonquil vase 24
  25. 25. 14 Shape #2694-B - Katydid vase, fan shape 25
  26. 26. 15 Shape #2666 - Katydid vase, ovoid shape 26
  27. 27. 16 Shape #2694 - Katydid vase, tumbler shape 27
  28. 28. 17 Shape #2550 - Le Fleur (Poppy) vase 28
  29. 29. 18 Shape #700 - Line 700 7” vase 29
  30. 30. 19 Shape #701 - Line 700 10” vase 30
  31. 31. 20 Shape #2754 - Love Birds Banana Boat Bowl 31
  32. 32. 21 Shape #2752 - Love Birds vase 32
  33. 33. 22 Shape #02757 - Nuthatch Planter 33
  34. 34. 23 Shape #2695 - Olives vase 34
  35. 35. 24 Shape #2753 - Pine Cone vase 35
  36. 36. 25 Shape #02756 - Screech Owl vase 36
  37. 37. 26 Shape #02758 - Seagull vase 37
  38. 38. 27 Shape #02753 - (Tropical) Fish vase 38
  39. 39. 28 Shape #? - Cockatoo shade (small) 39
  40. 40. 29 Shape #? - Cockatoo shade (large) 40
  41. 41. Photo credits: Josh & Rich Bair Bill Burke Sue Cotter Tom Jiamachello Dan Stanley Gary Wickland & Bruce Mueller Jack Wilson and the wide spaces of the Internet. 41
  42. 42. I hope you enjoyed the presentation. Happy collecting! 42
  43. 43. Phoenix Reuben-Line 43 Consolidated “Cased Opalescent Martelé” © Tom Jiamachello 2015

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