The Harrach Project
Discussion Forums for Mt Washington, Harrach, Loetz and Bohemian Glass
material on this website is subject to international Copyright
laws. Material may be used only with express written permission.
European Art glass - Victorian
and Art Nouveau to Contemporary
by Brian Severn
Windows decorated basket - Cranberry colored glass
cased in clear and opaque white with crimped and ruffled rim.
beautifully enameled hanging flowers, multicolored leaves and
flowers in blue and other colors outlined with gold as well
as a gold band around the base. It's pinched in the center
a sweet and unique basket.
first saw this wonderful glass advertised in the Glass Collectors
Digest by some of the high end art glass dealers. Attributed to
Boston and Sandwich, I
initially thought these were very interesting and pricey, until
I saw a piece in person and could really appreciate the craftsmanship
went into the work.
I've seen it called many different names from Window
Polka Dot. Not knowing the Harrach given name of this design, I
believe "Harrach Windows" is the most
fitting name of this wonderfully designed, and technically challenging
the excellent and scholarly researched
Sandwich Glass books by Raymond E. Barlow and Joan E.
Kaiser came out, it became apparent that not all of this type of glass
is Sandwich Glass.
Sandwich Glass pieces are
done in what's
referred to as "double overlay." Double overlay was typically
done with an inside layer of clear, then an opaque white middle layer,
then the outer layer was done in colored glass. The
desired design was cut through the outside layers, to the layer of
clear to achieve the pattern at hand. They also did a variation
whereas they switched the clear and colored layers, so the colored
layer was on the inside (for colored windows/patterns instead of
clear). The Sandwich Glass books show several pieces
with excellent cut back skills
(including many with the windows like circular patterns), so
keep in mind that on Sandwich glass, the designs were cut into the
glass after it had been through the annealing oven. Looking
at the examples shown in the Sandwich Glass book on kerosene lamps,
it's understandable how the Harrach work would be confused with the