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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Leaf topaz blue votive along with a marigold carnival glass vase (AF), approx 8 cm high and shorter (2)

Pair of green & gold carnival glass vases, each approx 25 cm high (2)

Fluted carnival glass vase with tri-form vine/branch like supports, approx 21 cm high

Marigold twist patterned carnival glass vase, approx 26 cm high

Black pearl carnival glass fluted vase, approx 28 cm high

Black pearl & cobalt carnival glass vase, approx 24 cm high

Group of three carnival glass pieces to include, twin handled pot, jug and small vase (3)

Small pearlescent carnival glass fluted vase, approx 15 cm high

Five marigold carnival glass items, to include 4 bowls & 1 vase 27 cm high approx.

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 comport, antique ruby and vaseline glass bottle vase, crimped Burmese bowl, (3)

Blue Carnival glass daisy bowl and two black Carnival glass vases

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

An amber Carnival glass novelty jug vase fitted with single handle 19.5 cm long

Marigold Carnival vase Christchurch Exhibition 1928. Height 27.5 cm

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