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Glass aficionados and collectors will be gathering for the 4th time to Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, for the The Glass Fair @ Knebworth on Sunday 2 October 2016, the new home of the former Cambridge Glass Fair.  The fair will be held in the Knebworth Barns, a complex in the grounds of Knebworth House, made up of two 400 year old tithe barns, the Manor and the Lodge, plus the Cobbold and Lytton Barns, two brand new oak structures which were completed in September 2011.

Mdina Glass

Artius Glass Mdina Glass sculpture by Michael Harris Mdina Glass Malta

Much effort goes into the organising of this very specialist event which takes place twice a year, with carefully curated exhibitions and more than 70 faithful exhibitors attend dealing across the board from period Georgian glass through to contemporary glass makers showing their own work.  One regular exhibitor is Allister Malcolm who is currently the resident glass artist at the White House Cone, the fabulous new glass museum at Stourbridge which replaces Broadfield House.

Allister Malcolm The Daisy Range A floral design incorporating sterling silver leaf to enhance the petals giving them a delicate and yet tactile feel. Coloured glass applications then compliment the design with a lattice work of pin head bubbles trapped in the heart of the flowerhead. Available in a variety of colours and sizes.

The October 2016 exhibition promises to be fun: showcasing a selection of animal and other figurines from a private collection, it will be found in the annexe off Hall 1. Animal figures and sculptures of all types have been produced over the years by a wide variety of manufacturers and while this is not a comprehensive collection (which would prove difficult to accomplish) it brings together some very beautiful and interesting pieces.
Collected over a long period by one of our most experienced and knowledgeable exhibitors, Peter Elliot.

Adamson Antique Glass

Adamson Antiques Dated engraved and gilded DSOT wine glass C 1782. Item Ref: 250
A rare and interesting engraved and gilded wine glass featuring a ship in full sail and on the opposite side the names H Lommerese and G I Nolet which has a crown above and is dated 1782 below. Both names are Dutch in origin so possibly a marriage glass , Nolet is in fact the name of Hollands oldest producer of Gin though Jenever is its Dutch name, could the commissioner of the glass be having a little play with words with some knowledge of English , I contacted the Nolet Gin producers and they could not throw any light on the subject, so a little investigation would be possible for the next owner. The large round funnel bowl sits on a double series stem and a plain conical foot which displays several re assuring tool marks and shear marks guaranteeing it's originality,the gilding which is particularly fine is in pristine condition,as is the rest of the glass Height 5 3/4 ins 14.7 cm (3 available) Priced at £995.

Several of the exhibits hail from some of the great Murano factories with pieces by Seguso, Barbini, Barovier, Cenedese and Napoleone Martinuzzi while others are of Czech/Bohemian origin, by Loetz and Exbor in particular.
Included in the display will be several items on loan from another regular exhibitor, Graham Hudson. Both Peter and Graham can be found in Hall 3 and will no doubt be able to shed more light on their contributions for anyone who pays them a visit.

Bonnons Antique Glass

Bonnons Antique Glass Unusual Mid Victorian Green Glass Cut Ewer/Claret Jug with applied loop handle, star cut foot  and cut spire stopper. Circa 1850.  Height 29.5cm £275

The exhibitor interview for The Glass Fair @ Knebworth October 2016 will be Vic Bamforth, an artist who has helped to bring the highly demanding graal technique into the 21st century. He combines hand-painting and glass blowing skills to create one-off internationally collected, sculptural works of art in glass. He is a regular exhibitor at the Cambridge Glass Fair and has kindly agreed to be interviewed for the website.

Vic Bamforth Glass

 Vic Bamforth - Sommercalmo Collection - Contact the artist direct or Vessel Gallery, London regarding pricing and availability

Collectables expert and author Mark Hill will be in attendance and will be sharing his expert opinion on Twitter as he goes around, finding pieces of interest and chats to the exhibitors.

Andy McConnell, the BBC Antiques Roadshow glass expert, also attends the fair. Both Andy and Mark are always delighted to meet visitors and to talk about anything to do with glass.

For paperweight enthusiasts, in addition to the several specialist dealers who attend the event, the Paperweight Collectors Circle usually hold an ‘Identification Clinic’ where you are invited to bring along any weights or related items you have questions about or just wish to discuss. This is an excellent opportunity to find out about weights you have tucked away at home that you may have bought, inherited or perhaps received as gifts.

Mark Hill Peter Layton

Mark Hill seen here at a recent antiques trade party with another man of glass Peter Layton

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Vic Bamforth -Atlantic Pilchards

For times and full exhibitor list see The Glass Fair @ Knebworth