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Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl

Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl

Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl
This is an art deco two piece blue pressed glass centerpiece or float bowl set. It was made by the Sowerby Glassworks in Gateshead, in the North East of England and probably first introduced in the 1930s. The figural flower frog with integral base, "Flora", depicts a lady standing, arms raised, holding a bouquet of three impossibly large (artistic license) roses. The ladys features, her sheer gown, and the bouquet are all finely detailed. She stands just over 7 high (18 cm) on her base that has 8 holes for flower stems and/or greenery. She is a light blue glass with a satin finish. There are a number of Sowerby bowls that the figure is normally paired with. This is one of two floral rose bowls that I believe are the nicest match. Around the distinctively shaped rolled edge is a band of rose blossoms that complement the roses the figure is holding. The rose blossoms, stems and leaves are very detailed and obviously were pressed in an intricate mold. The rest of the bowl exterior is decorated with raised geometrical designs. Both the roses and the alternating elements of the geometric designs are in a satin finish.

The other half of the alternating designs and the backgrounds are clear glass. The interior of the bowl is smooth save for 8 small BB sized knobs that are equally spaced around the center of the well. They form a circle about a half inch larger than the diameter of the figure's base so Im not sure of their purpose. The outer rim of the bowl i.

S 12 (>30cm) in diameter and of considerable heft. The edge of the well is impressed RGD NO 808160.

This is the British Registered Design Number issued to Sowerby & Co. I believe that registration number applies solely to the bowl, not the figure. Overall the two pieces are in great condition and display beautifully.

The bowl has a chip, smaller than a half inch, that just barely touches the top rim and mostly runs into the interior of the bowl (see the last picture). Because of the thickness of the top rim and the level of detail all over the bowl, the chip is not obtrusive. You have to look closely to notice it but, yes, it is a chip. Other than that, the bowl only has age related wear which appears limited to some faint scratches on the center interior of the well (from repeated placement of the figure) and on the bottom rim from placement on different surfaces. There is also the occasional bubble inherent in pressed glass production but nothing distracting. The figure is near mint. There is a faint scratch in the fold of the gown just to the right of the ladys thigh on her left leg. It appears as a white mark because it is scratching the surface of satin glass. There are some very small scratches near the tops of the flower holes. Any of the roughness around the flower holes appears to be from production when the holes were plunged from the bottom upwards. I have tried to be as accurate as possible in describing condition. Please inquire for any exact dimension. Note: The term flower frog is used since it has become the most commonly used term to describe this type of floral arrangement device; this despite the fact that the term was adopted well after most of the items were produced.

Other terms are used around the world such as flower (or floral) block, holder, aid, dome, insert, arranger, and others. Often, use of a term for a flower frog is unimportant or secondary to a name for all the pieces of a set used to display floral arrangements such as a console, centerpiece, or float bowl (typically Australian) set. I have collected flower frogs from around the world for over fifteen years. It is past time to downsize to a smaller home and simplify my life, a plan heartily endorsed by my wife. I still have hundreds of pieces to sell more pottery and lots of glass from the USA and around the world.

Please contact me with any problems before leaving feedback. Policies and methods vary by nation. I will pay for any higher value coverage. Should a claim arise (lost or damaged item), the claims are typically handled within 7 to 10 days. To begin claim process simply contact me and I will handle it from there. Carrier retains right to inspect item and packaging prior to paying claim. There are times that I cannot. Items need to be packaged carefully for protection. If items include separate parts, each part will have to be wrapped individually bubble wrap, etc. As an example, a glass or pottery/porcelain console set may consist of a two or three part flower frog and a bowl (maybe candlesticks as well). The space needed for packing parts separately is far greater than the space taken up when parts are assembled for use/display.

Even within the carriers limits, it doesnt make sense to pack too many fragile items in one box if it increases the chance of it being mishandled or dropped. If you are purchasing a quantity of smaller flower frog rounds, or the like, then Im all for getting as many safely packed in a box as is reasonable. Since they are typically glass or pottery ceramics, porcelain, etc.

They will by nature have age appropriate wear and dirt. There are characteristics of production and age that I cannot be expected to fully disclose. Examples would be straw marks and bubbles in glass items and glaze skips, pops and bubbles in pottery.

There are more such characteristic you should expect to find on these types of items. The pictures are part of the listing and should be viewed carefully for an idea of overall condition.

The pictures were taken with a very good camera and may actually highlight defects more noticeably than when viewing in person. The item "Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl" is in sale since Sunday, September 11, 2016. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\British\Other British Art Glass".

The seller is "cookie5630115" and is located in Woodstock, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.


Sowerby Flora Blue Figural Flower Frog and Bowl / Float Bowl