Burmese glass is an opaque art glass ranging in colour from pale yellow to a rich pink, due to the addition of gold and uranium oxides. The technique was patented by the Mount Washington Glass Company, USA, in 1885 and rapidly became one of the company's most popular lines. The company granted a licence to Thomas Webb of Stourbridge, England to produce the glass, and such pieces bear are often have an impressed mark on the base "Thos. Webb & Sons, Queen's Burmese Ware, Patented". The popularity of Burmese glass declined rapidly after 1900, but fine examples are now highly prized by collectors. Apart from table wares, small ornamental vases and dressing table accessories, it was a fashionable medium for lamps. In 1969 the Fenton Art Glass Company of Williamstown West Virginia was able to replicate the process and has been producing Fenton Burmese glass for collectors, but ceased their production of collectable glass items in 2011.
A Thomas Webb & Sons 'Queen's Burmese Ware' opaque glass bowl, early 20th century, circular with a crimped rim, pink at the rim fading to pale lemon yellow at the centre, etched mark underside. Height 6.5 cm. Diameter 12 cm
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