Cultha Glass

Cultha Glass

Designs by Christopher Dresser & George Walton

Defined by daring use of colour and an array of mesmerising shapes, Dresser’s designs for Clutha are typified by hues of pale green. We are delighted to include a fine selection of Clutha glass (Lots 84-93) designed by Christopher Dresser and George Walton in our forthcoming Decorative Arts auction.

 

CHRISTOPHER DRESSER (1834-1904) AND GEORGE WALTON (1867-1933) FOR JAMES COUPER AND SONS, GLASGOW | GROUP OF FOUR 'CLUTHA' GLASS VESSELS, CIRCA 1890
LOT 84 | CHRISTOPHER DRESSER (1834-1904) AND GEORGE WALTON (1867-1933) FOR JAMES COUPER AND SONS, GLASGOW | GROUP OF FOUR 'CLUTHA' GLASS VESSELS, CIRCA 1890
comprising a THREE-HANDLED VASE, with applied spiralling neck and bulbous body, 21.5cm high; a TALL OVOID VASE, with tapering and knopped neck, 19cm high; a BOTTLE VASE, 12.5cm high; and a DOUBLE GOURD VASE, by George Walton, 11cm high, each with aventurine and milky trailed inclusions (Qty: 4) | £1,000 - £1,500 + fees

 

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It is thought that Christopher Dresser first became acquainted with James Coupar & Sons following their production of St. Mungo glass. Its affinity with early Venetian and Roman glass resonated well with Dresser’s own interests in glassmaking; he admired the organically formed shapes and naturally coloured tints, which led him to further investigate the technical aspects of glass-blowing. He believed that “glass was capable of assuming the most delicate of shades” and in applying the principles of traditional glass-blowing techniques a harmonious effect could be produced.

 

CHRISTOPHER DRESSER (1834-1904) FOR JAMES COUPER & SONS, GLASGOW 'CLUTHA' GLASS PITCHER, CIRCA 1890
LOT 87 | CHRISTOPHER DRESSER (1834-1904) FOR JAMES COUPER & SONS, GLASGOW | 'CLUTHA' GLASS PITCHER, CIRCA 1890
the green glass body with aventurine and milky trailed inclusions | 22cm high | £1,000 - £1,500 + fees

 

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Following suit, Dresser’s designs for Clutha are defined by daring use of colour and an array of mesmerising shapes. Typified by hues of pale green, Dresser experimented further with various colours and shades and began to incorporate aventurine inclusions – a direct influence of those early glasswares which fascinated him.

 

GEORGE WALTON (1867-1933) FOR JAMES COUPER AND SONS, GLASGOW 'CLUTHA' GLASS VASE, CIRCA 1900
LOT 85 | GEORGE WALTON (1867-1933) FOR JAMES COUPER AND SONS, GLASGOW | 'CLUTHA' GLASS VASE, CIRCA 1900
of tapered cylindrical form, with milky inclusions | 9cm high | £600 - £800 + fees

 

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Dresser designed for James Couper & Sons until the mid-1890s and was followed by George Walton as a designer. Production ceased shortly after 1900.  We are delighted to include a fine selection of Clutha glass (Lots 84-93) designed by Christopher Dresser and George Walton in our forthcoming Decorative Arts auction.

 

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Auction Information

 

DECORATIVE ARTS: DESIGN SINCE 1860

Lot: 1 to 303 - Monday, 2nd November at 10am
Lot: 304 to 606 - Tuesday, 3rd November at 10am
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