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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Green crimped Carnival glass comport with berry decoration, approx 14 cm high, 14.5 cm diameter

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

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

Amethyst carnival glass comport, approx 10 cm high, 21 cm diameter

Carnival glass comport, leaf and grape vine decoraiton, approx 12 cm high, 25 cm diameter

Carnival glass comport, pressed diamond pattern decoration, approx 8 cm high, 14 cm diameter

Crimped edge, pearlescsent carnival glass comport, floral heart form decoration to centre, approx 6 cm high, 21 cm diameter

Tri-footed carnival glass comport, vine, leaf decoration, approx 9 cm high, 20 cm diameter

Marigold carnival glass comport, approx 19.5 cm high, 25 cm diameter

Green carnival glass comport, approx 17 cm high, 19.5 cm diameter

Purple Carnival glass tri legged berry design comport, approx 10.5 cm high, 19 cm diameter

Orange Carnival glass bow design comport, approx 5 cm high, 20 cm diameter

Carnival glass comport Christmas Bells, diameter 19 cm

Carnival Glass two piece comport, approx 26 cm high, 31 cm diameter

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

Three various pieces Carnival glass. Amethyst comport; and two marigold bowls. Height 16 cm. (comport)

Carnival glass black butterflies circular fruit stand. Height 16 cm, 20 cm diameter

Carnival glass marigold 'Mikado' patterned comport

Marigold Carnival glass comport, with Waratah decoration to centre, and butterflies and floral emblems

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