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Cameo Glass Scent Flask

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1999M8
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1915 c - 1916 c

Maker Information

Silversmith:Coles & Fryer - View history


Two firms in Stourbridge, produced glass of this type, where glass is 'cased' or layered in contrasting colours and cut through so a white layer appears in relief against one or more colours. The more colours the greater the skills and complexity.

J & J Northwood acted as a cameo carving workshop for Stevens & Williams, whose work featured British flowers and other natural subjects such as roses, foxgloves and butterflies. Thomas Webb's workshop was the province of brothers Thomas and George Woodall, who tended to specialise in prestigious figure subjects.

In 1915 Coles & Fryer moved from St Paul's Square to Hockley Hill and came under new owners, John Bernard Stragg and Charles William Banks. C. W. Banks became sole proprietor in 1924.

Bequeathed by and in memory of Albert Henry Hughes and his wife Winifred.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Medium:Cameo glass, carved.
Place of Origin:Stourbridge, West Midlands, England


Height:22.1 cm
Diameter:4.6 cm