three hundred years of collectable glass in one day

The Cambridge Glass Fair


Foyer Exhibition:
september 2013

A little taster of Europe

Our foyer exhibition for September offers an opportunity for visitors to see a collection of around forty pieces of Continental glass which is being loaned by seasoned dealer and collector Peter Elliot. Peter is well known in the art glass world as an exhibitor of quality pieces at several events and particularly at the glass fairs.

Verlys 'Souffle' ware tazza.

In his own words he describes below how he began collecting.

'I started collecting in 1995 with Loetz glass; as I am half Austrian the connection seemed like a good starting point, along with the fact that there are a wide variety of shapes and decors that Loetz manufactured.

Over time my collection has changed with my taste and knowledge and with better pieces showing up in the market place.

 The collection now takes in a good spread of English and Continental factories with some studio work, from all ages. 

The criteria of a piece for my collection is first "does it do it for me?" This overrides a piece even if it is super-rare or has all the technical knobs and whistles, topped off with a signature.

Price is important (as my wife reminds me) and having now been dealing for 10 years in my passion for glass I should know better, but if the right piece shows up the collector in me will find a way.

Normally something is sold on, helping to keep the look of the collection fresh and fluid (a trick I am happy to share with some other dealers and museums). This also solves the age-old problem of space.

I hope you enjoy the sample of my collection on display and will come to my stand at the fair, so I may have the opportunity to lighten the load off your wallet for one of my quality pieces of stock. '


Moser 'Marquetry' vases.

Included in the display will be some 15 very fine pieces of Verlys glass from the 'Souffle' range in different colourways and shapes. These have air trap work, more commonly seen and known as "Ariel " in Scandinavian glass. They were produced in the 1920's near Rouen, France. After WW1, the French Holophane Co. who produced glass lenses and lighting expanded into art glass production at their Verreries d'Andelys factory. They called the product 'Verlys', a contraction of the factory name.

Verlys are more widely known for their Art Deco designs in pressed glass that they started production of in the 1930's following Rene Lalique's lead.

There will also be some classic cameo engraved work including a Burgun, Schverer and Cie enamel and gilt vase by Desire Christian C1900, the design theme taken from Sir Walter Crane's drawing of the 1890's. Emile Galle completed his apprenticeship in glass production at Burgun, Schverer & Cie and early Galle pieces were made at the factory in Meisenthal, Nancy. This is how Desire Christian became referred to as "The Ghost of Galle". (Two more pieces of their work will be on display). 

Among the other desirable pieces to be included are some Moser Karlsbad (Czechoslovakia) 'Marquetry' vases C1900-1910, with Art Nouveau motifs, double-shaded and multi-layer cased with intaglio engraving. These are rare and sought-after pieces that required a high level of skill and were costly to produce.

As Peter says above, he will be on hand to answer any questions visitors might have about the exhibition and will also be delighted to meet anyone who has an interest in the type of beautiful glass he collects and sells.


exhibition highlights


  • Art Deco-inspired Verlys tazza in mauve and orange from the 'Souffle' range, c.1920.
  • Burgun, Schverer & Cie (Desire Christian) cameo enamel and gilt vase c.1900
  • Moser Karlsbad Art Nouveau 'Marquetry' vases c.1900 -1910

Note: All images supplied by Peter Elliot.


The whole exhibition