Ysart glass

above: paperweight
by Paul Ysart

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

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Ysart Glass - from
The Glass Encyclopedia

A short explanation of Ysart Glass:
Ysart Glass was made by a family of Spanish immigrants to Scotland, led by their father, Salvador Ysart, between 1924 and 1979 (when Paul Ysart retired). There are three types of Ysart glass, namely Monart, Vasart, and the Ysart paperweights. For more details on Monart and Vasart glass, see the Glass Encyclopedia pages for Monart glass and Vasart glass
Monart glass (1924-61) was made by the whole family at the Moncreiff Glassworks, Perth in Scotland. The Ysart family founded Vasart Glass in 1946, when Salvador Ysart and two of his sons left Moncrieff Glassworks and set up their own works in Perth. This now-famous immigrant Spanish family had designed and made the very successful "Monart" glass vases and bowls whilst working at Moncrieff Glassworks, and Vasart glass was similar to Monart but the colours were more pastel. Later Vasart was taken over by Teachers and the name changed to Strathearn Glass. Strathearn glass is similar to Vasart and Monart, with a return to bright colours in some examples. 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). The whole vase was then cased in clear crystal.

Before Teacher's took over Vasart, both Salvador and Augustine Ysart had died (in 1955/56) 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. Whilst Paul Ysart was working at Caithness his brother Vincent was collaborating with Pirelli. The link continued into the Strathearn years. The book "Pirelli Glass" has a whole chapter on the links between Pirelli Glass and the Ysart family, in particular with Vasart glass.

Strathearn Glass had new facilities and could make eight times the production levels of Teacher's novelty ashtrays than had been acheived at Vasart. Vincent Ysart was the last Ysart to be involved, but he resigned shortly after Strathearn Glass was set up. Some 12 years later, in 1980, when the flattened whisky bottle ashtrays were no longer so popular, Teachers sold Strathearn Glass to Stuart Crystal. Stuart's used the factory to make crystal blanks for cutting at their Stourbridge factory in England and they no longer made the Strathearn range of art glass nor paperweights.

The on-line Glass Museum has a detailed article about how to identify Ysart paperweights written by Kevin Holt. Click Ysart Glass.

If you want to buy Ysart glass, keep an eye on what is for sale on ebay - click Ysart Glass

References and Sources:

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

Paul Ysart paperweights 2009 Ysart Glass Pirelli Glass Book 2016 Scottish  paperweights book 1999 British Glass Book 2 Scotlands Glass 2009 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

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

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.

INFORMATION about the Pirelli-Vasart Link!
Angela's book on Pirelli Glass has a whole chapter on the links between Pirelli Glass and the Ysart family, in particular with Vasart and Strathearn 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. The link continued into the Strathearn years.

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