Learn about Mary Gregory Glass

Popular because of its attractive colours and naïve charm, 'Mary Gregory' glass, in popular belief originated from a lady by that name in America who painted scenes of children on ruby (cranberry), blue or green glass using a white enamel paint mixed with ground glass.

The painted scenes usually depict a child in an outdoor setting, playing with butterfly nets, hoops, or blowing bubbles, and often trees and foliage are framed to one side of the composition acting.

However it actually originated from glassworks in Bohemia, part of Czechoslovakia from 1918, and from 1993, part of the Czech Republic and was a major export commodity for the region in the mid and latter quarter of the 19th century.

Research has established that although there was a lady by the name of Mary Gregory (1856 - 1908) who worked for the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts she did not paint children, but landscapes including winter scenes.

Of the range of Mary Gregory decorated items produced, over 90% coming onto the market are vases in a multitude of shapes and sizes. more...

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Mary Gregory cranberry glass jug painted with a girl catching butterflies, with a clear glass molded handle. condition fair, early chip to the base. Height 18.5 cm

Antique Mary Gregory style cylinder vase with enamel lady playing a flute, 31.5 cm high approx

A group of six Mary Gregory cranberry glass vases, late 19th century, Bohemia, the tapering glasses, designed as three opposite pairs, each with an internal lobed decor and typically enamel decorated in white with boy and girl figures holding floral sprays

Pair of Victorian Mary Gregory glass vases height 30.5 cm approx

Very large Mary Gregory cranberry glass vase with enamelled decoration depicting a lady in a country setting, 43.5 cm high approx

A pair of Mary Gregory style green glass enameled vases together with a green glass lustre. English 19th century. The lustre 32 cm, the vases 28 cm

Pair of 19th century green glass vases with enamelled decoration of children in the style of Mary Gregory

Two 'Mary Gregory' vases 15 cm high (tallest) approx., together with a red glass mug

A pair of Mary Gregory cranberry glass vases & covers, decorated with a lady & her companion 24 cm high

A large Teal Mary Gregory style vase, later 19th century. The amphora vase with applied scrolling toffee handles with fine teal rope twist motifs and three conforming scrolling feet, finely painted in white with two children in contemporary attire feeding

Mary Gregory blue glass hinged box painted with children playing tennis to the lid & painted with floral garlands to the body, having brass mounts & two brass handles. Condition good, minor chips & scratches, locked without a key. Dimensions 13.3 x 10.5 x

A superb pair of Victorian Mary Gregory ruby glass vases, having painted panels of girls at a water fountain. 35 cm high

Mary Gregory green glass jug, English, 19th century. 19 cm

A late 19th century ruby glass Mary Gregory vase painted with figure in landscape

A Victorian cranberry glass dressing table jar, enamel painting to the front in the Mary Gregory manner of a young child in the garden. Height 12.5 cm

Pair of antique Mary Gregory style glass vases, 31.5 cm high, one with small chip to rim

Antique 1890s Mary Gregory clear class tray, approx 25 cm long, 18 cm deep

Two various cranberry glass bowls, including Mary Gregory type. Provenance: Private Collection, ACT. Diameter 12 cm (average)