Learn about Cameo Glass

Cameo glass is produced by creating an object with several layers, usually incorporating an opaque glass on a coloured ground with a matt finish, and then removing the outer layer by hand or wheel carving or etching, to reveal the opaque glass underneath.

Revived in Britain in the late 19th century, the technique was known to the Romans, and is seen at its best in the famous Portland Vase, dated from 5 - 25 AD.

In Britain, the best and earliest cameo glass was engraved by hand, but towards the end of the 19th century when cameo glass increased in popularity, various mechanical processes were introduced. Cutting could be done on a wheel, but more often decoration was applied in acid-resistant materials and the surrounding area then removed by immersing in acid.

Cameo glass on a commercial basis, using acid-etching, was introduced by Thomas Webb in 1884 and from then until 1911, Webb Cameo glass, with its white floral or classical motifs on a coloured base, was exceedingly popular. These pieces were invariably stamped 'Webb's Gem Cameo' and many examples in the 1890s also bore the date of manufacture. more...
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A good Thomas Webb cameo glass vase, the squat ovoid body with encircling band of traditional cut, floral vine decoration, the tall baluster neck with single leaf spray and insect in relief, linial encircling bands to the foot and top rim, double overlay,

A late Victorian cut back cameo glass biscuit barrel, later 19th century, the tapering ovoid barrel decorated with acid green diamond cuts and oakleaf and acorn designs in alternating vertical panels, surmounted by a plated mount with a swing handle and a

A fine cameo glass vase by Webb, late 19th century, of bottle vase form in frosted lemon satin glass, delicately and naturalistically overlaid with trailing white wild roses throughout, a white border to the rim. Height 22.5 cm

A Thomas Webb cameo glass and sterling silver seal, later 19th century, with silver maker's marks for Gorham, the seal of typical elongated baton form in semi opaque chartreuse glass overlaid with white carved lilies, the silver collar with simple beaded b

An Art Deco Thomas Webb cameo glass vase, circa 1930s, the striking vase of exaggerated trumpet form with random slice and lens cut motifs throughout in amber amidst a semi opaque clear textured ground, with a fire polished rim and polished pontil. Height

Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass vase c.1890, decorated with leaves and flowers. Note: AF-reduced rim, signed impressed mark 'Webb'. Height 12.8 cm

Pair of Thomas Webb & Sons ivory cameo glass, vases c.1890, decorated with lilies and a butterfly, the surface of the glass is cameo cut with brown, patination simulating ivory, signed impressed marks 'Thos. Webb & Sons' with 'Butterfly' trade mark in came

Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass vase c.1900, two colour cameo decorated with white foliage and dragonfly verso, signed impressed mark 'Tho. Webb & Sons'. Height 12 cm

A Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass vase, c.1890, Stourbridge England. The vase is decorated with two colour wheel cut, cameo glass with white foliage decoration and, 'Butterfly' mark verso Impress, semi circular mark, to base 'Thomas Webb & Sons'. Height 10.

A rare cameo glass vase by Thomas Webb, circa 1900, globular, cut with bell shaped flowers in white on a ruby red ground, impressed factory stamp to base. 28 cm high

Superb Webb cameo frosted ruby claret jug, of subtle tapered proportion, the body decorated with entwined flowers and vine, the plated mount having embossed decoration echoing the design on the body of the jug. Height 30 cm

An Art Nouveau posy vase in two colour cameo glass, circa 1900, the bulbous body decorated with primroses in overlaid and cut white glass on rose-toned ground beneath the well cut geometric bands to the raised neck, 14.5 cm high

A pair of Art Nouveau three colour cameo glass vases, by Thomas Webb, circa 1890, decorated with sprays of morning glory, clementis and butterflies in tones of purple-shaded white on blue ground, 23 cm high

An Art Nouveau vase in two-colour cameo glass, circa 1900, the tear-drop shaped body overlaid and cut with branches of apple blossom in shaded white on rose toned ground, 27 cm high

English Webb cameo crystal footed bowl. Heron, swan & pheasant decoration. Engraved 'N J Gboam' to ?. Diameter 25 cm

A Thomas Webb cameo glass vase, circa 1888, the tall funnel shaped vase cameo carved to reveal an overlaid pattern of floral blooms, vines, bees and butterflies on an acid yellow ground, original manufacturer's label Stuart & Sons, Stourbridge No. 2401 to

A possibly Thomas Webb & Sons vase. Two colour cameo glass vase, circa 1890, the yellow vase of bulbous pear shape on three feet overlaid with climbing flowers. Height 7.5 cm. Diameter 13 cm.

A Thomas Webb & Sons style cameo glass vase, circa 1890, possibly by Richardson's, the shaped yellow glass vase overlaid with opaque white flowers 13 cm high

A Thomas Webb & Sons perfume bottle, circa 1880, a silver mounted swan's head cameo glass perfume bottle and stopper, white overlay finely carved feathers on a blue body, silver cover hallmarked and bottle signed. Length 24 cm

A Thomas Webb & Sons, two colour cameo vase, c.1890 with white foliage decoration upon a ruby red ground semi circular Company mark on base. Height 11 cm

A Thomas Webb & Sons, three colour cameo vase, c.1890 with foliage decoration in light and dark blue, upon a frosted background circular Company mark on base. (with 2 rim chips). Height 19 cm

A very fine English cameo glass vase in the manner of Thomas Webb circa 1880. Height 32 cm

A Cameo glass miniature vase, possibly Webb (tiny nip to top)

A Victorian cameo overlay enamelled glass goblet, on a circular domed base with bulbous stem, the bowl with enamelled cartouche of flowers and gilt decoration. Height 20.5 cm

A rare Thomas Webb oval cameo glass plaque, by George Woodall, the cameo carved with Venus rising out of the sea with a winged putto and seagulls on amethyst glass, mounted in a beaded frame with scroll supports on a red griotte marble rectangular base, et

A Thomas Webb & Sons style two colour cameo glass claret jug with silver plated top, carved with flowers. Height 22 cm

A Thomas Webb & Sons style two colour cameo glass jug, carved with vine leaves. Height 6.5 cm

A Thomas Webb & Sons style two colour cameo glass vase, carved with flowers and butterfly. Height 33 cm

A Thomas Webb & Sons style two colour cameo glass vase, carved with flowers. Height 13 cm

A marked Thomas Webb & Sons two colour cameo glass vase, carved with flowers

Victorian Thomas Webb & Sons cameo glass vase, of ovoid shape, cameo cut with leafing anemone, overlaid in white, a red ground and a maker's mark to the base

A good Victorian overlay cameo comport the bowl encircled with cartouches painted with portrait of children and alternate panel of flowers with gilt highlights and a baluster stem on domed base

An English two colour cameo glass double gourd vase, possibly Webb

Alasdair Gordon 'Peach Blossom', hand blown, wheel engraved cameo glass. White over ruby red, signed. Height 13 cm plus optional stopper, a vase or bottle with stopper

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