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The Union Glass Works at Sommerville, Massachusetts, attempted the new ware under the name Kew Blas. Before the Boston and Sandwich Works closed, experimental pieces were made there but never marketed.
The Quezal Art and Decorating Company of Brooklyn, New York, called their iridescent glass Quezal, the name of an American bird that has brilliant feathers of green, crimson, and gold. Victor Durand, a former Tiffany craftsman, who joined the Vineland Glass Works at Vineland, New Jersey, marketed Tiffany-type ware successfully for some years under the name of Durand Art Glass. It was signed either Durand or V. Durand. The Harry Northwood Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, from about 1910 to 1920, sprayed pressed glass with metallic oxides to give them an iridescent effect. These were made in various shades of blue and orange, and trademarked with with an N. Other companies also made and sold this iridescent ware so cheaply that it was called the "poor man's Tiffany." This glass, which was made particularly in water sets, bowls, and small dishes is now becoming increasingly popular with collectors.
Although Art Noveau has not usually been included in American antique glass, the earliest examples are now between fifty and seventy years old. It is daily gaining wide appreciation among those who love color in glass. As more is known about the skill and technique required in its fabrication, it will be still better appreciated.
When you select a bright blue Aurene bowl or a tall slender Peacock Favrile vase, give consideration to the surroundings in which it is to be placed. The addition of a matching candy dish or ash tray can make a set which will be a very effective decoration in a living room. Several of the companies discussed made quantities of electric light shades which collectors today are converting into attractive table and boudoir lamps. There are colorful table sets, dresser sets, flower sets of bowl with two candlesticks, and other items to be had in this art glass. Many pieces made by Tiffany, Carder, and Durand will become collector's items. This glass is rather high in price, and little of it is collectible in large sets. It is not only glass to enjoy in your own home, but excellent for gifts to friends who appreciate color and workmanship. Collectors have been slow in realizing the value of this unusual art ware.