Learn about Carnival Glass

Carnival Glass is pressed glass that has been iridised. The glass is firstly pressed into a mould while molten, and being in liquid form, takes on the shape of the mould. After it has been removed from the mould, it is sprayed with a coating of liquid metallic salts. This gives the surface an iridescent lustre, similar to the effect of oil floating water.

Although the technique was known in Roman times, it was not until 1907 that it was revived by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Other manufacturers taking note of their success followed suit and were able to produce a cheaper product by spraying the mixture on the glass, instead of including it in the glass mixture as Tiffany was doing.

Carnival glass was at its peak of popularity from about 1908 to the 1920's and as its popularity declined manufacturers, were left large stocks they were unable to sell. Popular legend has it that it was sold cheaply to travelling showman for prizes at carnivals, from whence came the name by which it is know today, carnival glass.

Prior to this, it went under a variety of names, including Iridill, Imperial Jewels, Imperial Art Glass, taffeta, lustre glass, Aurora and rhodium. more...

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Amethyst leaf & grape Carnival glass bowl, 23 cm diameter approx.

A large rare Australian Carnival glass 'Kookaburra' float bowl in amethyst, of circular form with fluted rim, the central kookaburra perched on branch within a stippled ground surrounded by five waratah, 28 cm diameter.

Seven carnival glass bowls being 4 amethyst kookaburra centre, 1 kangaroo centre, 1 larger amethyst with flower centre 21.5 cm wide and 1 marigold

Australian amethyst Kangaroo carnival glass bowl d23 cm approx

Amethyst carnival glass kookaburra master bowl d24 cm approx

Two carnival glass bowls comprising of a green grape bowl,together with an amethyst and orange middle bowl, diameter 18.5 cm approx

Amethyst Carnival glass fold design plate/dish, approx 13 cm x 20 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. Kangaroo. Diameter 24 cm

An Art Nouveau Iridescent glass vase, early 20th century, with a long gently flared neck flowing to a swelled lower body and a spreading foot, with marked amethyst Carnival glass iridescence flowing to lemon tonings, and having a hatched textured finish th

Carnival glass bowl in amethyst cobalt with kangaroo motif. Diameter 24 cm

Crown glass amethyst Carnival glass master bowl with kangaroo decoration, 24.5 cm wide, 8 cm high approx

Amethyst carnival glass 'Kingfisher' bowl c1930s. 13 cm

Two various Carnival glass comports. Amethyst and marigold. Height 15 cm and 11 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. 'Kangaroo' registered design RD4696 c.1924. Made by Australian crystal glass Company. Some wear to lustre. Diameter ia. 24 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass master bowl. 'Kangaroo' registered design RD4696 c.1924. Made by Australian crystal glass Company. Slight wear to lustre. Diameter ia. 24 cm

Amethyst Carnival glass with kookaburra and registration marks (A/F to base)

Australian amethyst carnival glass master bowl with kingfisher, 24 cm wide

Australian amethyst carnival glass master bowl with shrike, 25 cm wide

Australian amethyst carnival glass master bowl with kangaroo, 24 cm wide

Three various pieces Carnival glass. Amethyst comport; and two marigold bowls. Height 16 cm. (comport)

Large amethyst Carnival glass footed master bowl, with Stags and Holly

An amethyst Carnival glass bowl with kookaburra motif 13 cm diam

Carnival glass amethyst Peacocks and Grapevines pattern three leg bowl. Diameter 20 cm

Pair Carnival glass amethyst Pansy pattern bowls. Diameter 20 cm

Pair Carnival glass amethyst Grapes and Vines three leg bowls. Diameter 20 cm

Carnival glass amethyst fan patterned bowl. Diameter 20 cm

Carnival glass amethyst, grapes and vines 3 leg bowl

Carnival glass iridescent pale amethyst pedestal vase decorated with grapes and vine pattern. Height 13 cm

Carnival glass pale amethyst pierced rim bowl standing on 3 scroll feet. Diameter 15 cm

Carnival glass dark amethyst Shrike nappy bowl. Diameter 13 cm

Pair Carnival glass dark amethyst fluted vases. Height 31 cm

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