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Mark J West, one of Britain’s leading Specialist Glass Dealers is bringing a wide selection of antique and decorative glass to the Olympia Winter Fair. This collection will include a wide selection of Art Deco vases, scent bottles and cocktail shakers; and fine examples of 18th and 19th decanters and drinking glass, together with 2,000 year old glass jewellery. One particular highlight is an unusually tall, cranberry vaseline glass lily vase from the nineteenth century, which stands 57cm high.

The Prince of Wales is represented by rare examples of glassware commissioned in the nineteenth century. Pieces include a pair of shaft and globe decanters from 1865, engraved with the Prince of Wales’ feathers and his motto ‘Ich Dien’. Perrin and Geddes of Warrington were commissioned in 1810 by George, Prince of Wales to create a particular pattern of glassware for him. A rare set of six small crystal wine glasses together with four finger bowls from this set will be for sale.

A selection of peacock ware and green cane decorated vases commissioned from Stuart by the well-established London store Liberty in 1900 are also available. These Arts and Crafts piece use the ‘eyes’ of the peacock tail feathers as their decorative motif. A further example of the Arts and Crafts movement is seen in the decanter designed by Dr. Christopher Dresser for glass maker James Powell in 1890.

Celebrate Art Deco design with a 1930’s silver swan; this condiment holder was created by Gallia, (later to become Christofle) and holds two crystal bottles by Baccarat. Or choose from a wide selection of step cut Art Deco decanters in black and clear glass, salmon pink or citrine glass. Relive the period with a 1930s set of six glasses with cocktail shaker, all cut and engraved with black enamel decoration from Bohemia, or an amber glass art deco style decanter and six glasses from Moser. Or perhaps a crystal glass cocktail shaker with a black glass foot and stopper from Val S. Lambert, Belgium also dating from the 1930s.

Perhaps a scent bottle takes your fancy? There is a wide selection of 1930s Art Deco scent bottles, cut, engraved and decorated with black enamel also from Bohemia.

Feast you eyes on a jewel coloured array of monumental Art Deco vases reds and greens overlaid over clear glass from the renowned Belgian glass works Val St. Lambert. Or a spectacular cobalt blue over topaz glass vase, designed by Joseph Simon for Val St. Lambert from 1935. Or perhaps a rare Art Nouveaux ‘onion skin’ vase created by Romain and Jeanne Gavaert -Tixhon at the Jemeppe factory for Val St. Lambert.

A selection of five individual aquarium paperweights designed by Ricardo Licatta in 1955 for Cenedese in Venice, combine style and virtuoso glass blowing to create the effect of angel fish swimming through the weeds.

Glass has always been a highlight of fine dining and none more so than an exquisite Jacobite cordial glass from 1770, with a twisted stem of red, green and white. Select an example of English glass making at its height from a collection of ovoid glass decanters with grip rings and bull’s eye stoppers dating from 1780. There is a wide selection of English and Irish eighteenth century rummers, air twist glasses and decanters to suit all collections. Other Irish highlights include a large oval centre bowl with a turnover rim, supported on a cast ribbed spreading foot from 1790.

Mark J West’s ‘Pre-History’ Collection includes a large collection of the pottery vessels available for less than £250 up to 18 inch Museum quality storage jars that can be purchased for £2,500. These pieces have been sourced from South East Asia and tested with Thermo Luminescence by the Oxford Authentification Laboratory to be between 2,000 and 3,000 years old. Examples include pottery vessels with 'rope' decoration from the Ban Chiang period and pottery vases with shaped rims, ovoid bodies and three applied handles after the Han dynasty.

Examples of jewellery include a selection of 2,000 year old Vietnamese coloured glass beads excavated from government authorized sites along the Mekong Valley and transformed into necklaces; and 3,500 year old fossil shell bangles.

Mark J West exhibits regularly at international art and antiques fairs. His interactive website is amended weekly and has grown to exhibit 3,000 pieces that can be purchased online and delivered as a gift or added to your own collection.

Photographs available

For further information:

Mark J. West
P.O. Box 595
RH1 3XB Tel: +44(0)1737 643 646
Fax: +44(0)1737 643 646

Media Enquiries:

Russell Elliott
Cassleton Elliott & Co. Ltd.
T: +44(0)20 3178 2336
F: +44(0)20 3178 2338
Notes to Editors:

Mark J. West (Cobb Antiques Ltd)

Mark J. West is an internationally renowned expert on antique and contemporary glass, who is regularly asked to join vetting committees at both the New York Ceramics Fair and the Palm Beach Jewellery and Antiques Fair. He is also on the vetting committee for European glass at the Winter Armory Fair.

Mark West has been dealing in glass since 1971, when he began his career with a stall on Portobello Road, then from a small shop in Wimbledon, which expanded in 1983 to a large gallery in Wimbledon Village. In the summer of 2006 a decision was made to close the gallery and concentrate on the major national and international antiques fairs.

The Company has exhibited at the Summer Olympia Fair since 1981 and both the Winter Olympia Fair and the British Antique Dealers Fair since their inception, as well as the Grosvenor House Fine Art & Antiques Fair since 1996. Overseas it has exhibited at the New York Ceramics Fair since 2000 and the Palm Beach Jewellery and Antiques Fair since 2004. He has recently exhibited at the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show and the first Fall Fair at The Merchandise Mart International in Chicago.

We continue to hold the largest stock of 18th, 19th & early 20th century table glass in the UK, which can be viewed and purchased on our interactive website, at Fairs or by private appointment. We are constantly extending the range of our stock in order to offer unusual pieces to our existing and potential clients, ensuring our clients’ collections never look stale. The company offers a Wedding List Service, together with a bespoke service for other celebrations.

Mark West is the author of two well respected books on glass: 'Glass Antique Check List' and 'Glass Facts at Your Finger Tips' the first one of these having sold over 30 thousand copies to date. He is a regular contributor to the Miller’s Glass Buyers’ Guide, was an expert on ‘Going for a Song’ and had his own ‘phone in programme on Talk Radio.

• The Wedding List Service
• The Retirement Gift Service
• Gift wrapped and delivered to your door


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