Vasart glass vase

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Angela's book
on Pirelli Glass
has a chapter on
Vasart paperweights
and the link between
Vasart & Pirelli.

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Vasart Glass - from
The Glass Encyclopedia

A short explanation of Vasart Glass:
Vasart Glass was made by Ysart Brothers Glass (later Vasart Glass Limited) at the Shore glassworks in Scotland between 1946 and 1964. Salvador Ysart and his two sons Augustine and Vincent had worked for Moncrieff glassworks previously, where they had designed and made Monart Glass.

Salvador Ysart had worked in France at the renowned Verrerie Schneider near Paris. He was recruited from France in 1915 to work in Scotland and after the war (in 1922) he went to work for John Moncrieff in his Moncrieff glassworks, Perth. It was here that the distinctive Scottish glass called Monart was developed. Salvador's sons, Paul, Vincent, Augustine, and Antoine joined their father's team.

Monart glass was a great success in the 1920's, and continued in production until 1939 when the Second World War disrupted production. Salvador and two of his sons left Moncrieff in 1946 and set up their own glassworks, where they made a competing line to Monart glass which they called Vasart Glass.

Vasart glass was similar to Monart glass, but the colours were more pastel, and there is a characteristic line of swirls with coloured centres between the pale base and the slightly darker top, as shown in the vase on the left. Like Monart, the glass was made by blowing a clear crystal blank, then rolling this molten vessel over a pattern made up from crushed fragments of coloured glass (enamels). Aventurine and silver frosting inclusions were less common in Vasart glass than Monart. The whole vase was then cased in clear crystal.

Vasart Glass was made to a set of shapes laid out in sketches. Unlike Monart, it is vitually always signed with the name Vasart in script acid-etched onto the base. The pontil is also different from Monart, with just a central ground circle and no grinding around the outside circle of the base. From 1956 onwards a paper label was used on the sides of the vases, as well or instead of the signature on the base. They made a very successful and attractive line in glass mushroom lamps and tulip lamps.

By the mid 1950s both Salvador and Augustine Ysart had died leaving only Vincent Ysart and his partner George Dunlop of Pirelli Glass. Pirelli formed a partnership with Vasart and used Vasart and later Strathearn paperweights in all kinds of items from door handles to automatic cork-screws. The book "Pirelli Glass" has a chapter on the links between Pirelli Glass and the Ysart family, in particular with Vasart glass.

By 1965 the Teachers Whiskey Company had become involved with Vasart in a project to produce novelty ashtrays made from Teachers bottles. The Vasart factory was too old and traditional to produce the volume that Teachers wanted and they eventually took over Vasart and built a new glass factory in nearby Crieff which they called Strathearn Glass. The name Vasart Glass died with the old factory, and shortly afterwards the last Ysart, Vincent, left the company. The Ysart tradition and styles of glass were continued by Strathearn Glass from 1965 until about 1980, but their production is easily distinguised by the trademark of a leaping salmon impressed on the pontil. Perthshire Paperweights also produced some Monart and Vasart style lamps and vases in the 1980's, but usually these are easily distinguished by their colours and design features, such as including flowers in the design.

If you collect Vasart glass, keep an eye on what is for sale on ebay - click Vasart glass

References and Sources:

Here are some books on glass that include information about Vasart. Click on any book cover to read more about that book.

Ysart Glass Pirelli Glass Book 2016 Scottish  paperweights book 1999 Scotlands Glass 2009 British Glass Book 2 GB Paperweights book 2007 World Paperweights book 2001 Brackel Paperweights book 2000 Perthshire paperweights 1997 All About Paperweights book 1992 Encyclopedia of Caithness Paperweights, Nowson 2011 20th Century glass book

Pirelli Glass

This is the 'go to' reference book if you are interested in Pirelli Glass. It offers collectors a comprehensive history of Pirelli glass and its makers, from its inception in the mid 40s to 1980 when the company closed. The book is filled with colour photographs, original black and white catalogue photographs, stories and a miriad of information on Pirelli and Vasart glass. (review by Jackie S. from Canada)

The Pirelli Glass book has a whole chapter on the links between Pirelli Glass and the Ysart family, in particular with Vasart glass. Pirelli formed a partnership with Vasart and used their paperweights in all kinds of items from door handles to automatic cork-screws. Whilst Paul Ysart was working at Caithness his brother Vincent was collaborating with Pirelli.

This was the first part of a Trilogy on three London Lampworkers covers Pirelli, Bimini, and Komaromy. If you are interested in Pirelli glass you are sure to enjoy this one. It is available as a paperback book or as a downloadable Kindle.

It is always interesting to see what Vasart glass there is on eBay. Take a look often to be sure you don't miss something. Click Vasart glass

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