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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A small Carnival glass bowl with kookaburra motif, impressed registration mark '4184'

A Carnival glass bowl with kookaburra motif, RD4184, diameter 24 cm

A 'Good Luck' Carnival glass bowl, of green colour. C.1930

Pair Marigold Carnival glass Kingfisher Variant master bowls. Marked Rd. 4184, diameter 25 cm (each)

Five various marigold carnival glass bowls 21.5 cm diameter (largest) approx.

Crimped edge, purple carnival glass bowl with floral and grape vine decoration

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.

Oyster shell pattern carnival glass crimped marigold bowl, approx 5 cm high, 16 cm diameter

Pink carnival glass bowl crimped, approx 7 cm high, 23 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

Green and black carnival glass nut dish, approx 4 cm high, 14 cm diameter

Fruit bowl carnival glass Tahitian pearlescent, approx 5 cm high, 23 cm diameter

Marigold four handled carnival glass bowl, approx 4 cm high, 15 cm diameter

Blue crimped edge tri-footed carnival glass bowl, approx 9 cm high

Marigold carnival glass dish decorated with mistletoe & deer, approx 10 cm high, 26 cm diameter

Green yellow tri-legged carnival glass dish, decorated with dragons and flowers approx 9 cm high, 20 cm diameter

Two marigold carnival glass dishes, one with windmill decoration, approx 22 cm diameter (2)

Marigold Carnival glass rose bowl, approx 9 cm high, 24 cm diameter

Green Carnival glass bowl with a marigold Carnival glass comport, approx 23 cm diameter and smaller (2)

Two various marigold Carnival glass bowls. Diameter 23 cm each

Seven various Marigold Carnival Glassware pieces. Five pce lemonade set, incl. Jug & four glasses; & pair bowls. Diameter 22 cm (bowls each)

Marigold Carnival glass bowl. Tri-footed, floral decoration to centre. Diameter 20 cm

Marigold Carnival emu master bowl. Standing emu embossed to centre. Diameter 25 cm

Marigold carnival glass comport, diameter 22 cm approx, together with a marigold small bowl

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

Marigold carnival glass dish with deer & holly decoration, approx 6.5 cm high, 21 cm dia

A carnival orange glass raised bowl, with scalloped rim and landscape design. Diameter 23 cm

A carnival orange glass bowl, with scalloped rim. Diameter 21 cm

A Carnival ruby glass bowl, with scalloped rim. Diameter 16 cm

A carnival glass master bowl kangaroo, with regulation number, small chip to rim

A Carnival amber glass raised fruit bowl, with scalloped rim. Length 31 cm

Four vintage 'rose pattern'carnival glasses, together with a carnival glass small bowl, and a Stuart crystal amber coloured decanter and 4 glasses

Blue crimped lattice edge carnival glass bowl, approx 7 cm high, 16 cm diameter