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 Carnival glass dish & vase [2], height 11 cm Dia. 18.5 cm + H 6 cm Dia. 14 cm

Carnival glass, cobalt 'Kangaroo' bowl, 24 cm diameter

Carnival glass, colbalt 'Kookaburra and Waratah' fruit bowl, 25.5 cm diameter

Carnival glass, three cobalt dishes, Magpie, Kangaroo, and Kingfisher, 13 cm - 14 cm diameter

Carnival glass, colbalt 'Kookaburra and Waratah' fruit bowl, 28 cm diameter

Northwood stippled rays amethyst carnival glass master bowl

Marigold carnival glass bowl and 6 cups, D29 cm approx (bowl

Two Marigold carnival glass peacock bowls, both D23 cm approx

Two Marigold carnival glass grape and leaf bowls, D23 cm approx

Two Marigold carnival glass bowls, D23.5 cm approx (largest)

Marigold carnival glass kookaburra bowl, D24 cm approx

Pair of tri footed carnival glass bowls, with berry and leaf decoration, D20 cm approx

Two Carnival orange glass bowls, one with 'kookaburra' design and the other of an all over daisy design. Diameter 24 cm and 23.5 cm

A Carnival glass purple 'Magpie' bowl. 25.5 cm x 9 cm

A Carnival glass purple 'kookaburra' bowl, impressed Rd 4184 to front. 13xm x 4.5 cm

Marigold Carnival glass kangaroo pair of master bowls having frilled edging, raised foliate detail & a central kangaroo medallion. RD4696, made by Australian crystal glass Company circa 1924. Condition: good, minor wear to the bases. Diameter 24 cm

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