Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blenko Auction

Readers: We received this message from our friends at the Auction House - you'll want to check out the Blenko.

Auctions are an inexpensive way to add quality to your collections.

We wanted to notify you of the upcoming Blenko Auction, along with other mid-century items on Friday, July 15, 2011. Please pass this information along to any of your members, or post information online! The auction will be held live online for anyone who can’t attend, the link will be posted shortly. You can check our website for some photos and a brief listing at www.conestogaauction.com.
Unreserved Blenko Glass, Vintage Aluminum and Mid-Century Auction
Sale Date
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sale starting at 1:00 PM
Friday, July 15, 2011
From 10:00 AM
A leading influence in the post World War II era of modern decorative arts, Blenko glass brought style, color and utility to that market. Now identified as mid century modern this economical line of art glassware is currently enjoying renewed interest by older collectors and new interest by young collectors on a budget. This single owner collection encompasses a broad selection of colors and forms not recently seen on the market in such volume. Topaz, tangerine, sapphire, amethyst, emerald, turquoise and ruby are just a few of the deep rich colors that abound in this collection. Hollowware, stemware, dinnerware and decorative are basic forms that hint at the variety of modern interpretations that Blenko artists exploited. Horizontal “Long Horn” vases, over-sized goblets with air twist decoration found within stems and stoppers, thread wraps and Blenkos’ own crackle style glassware objects are a few of the designs within this group.
Other colors such as jonquil, chartreuse, amber, pine, wheat and Blenko blue enhance Blenkos’ iconic forms like their double spouted square body water jars, ivy vases, pinch decanters and dimple sided objects of all utility. Unusual centerpieces like, double tiered vase within vase, large diameter chargers, compotes and console sets. One of a kind forms such as fish vases, steer head wall vases, zodiac medallions and a frog bin compliment the variety offered at this auction. This is a rare opportunity to choose from free form pitchers, glassware, service pieces, over-sized vases and bottles with all forms of stoppers.

Can’t make it to the auction? Bid live through LiveAuctioneers.com!


Hillary J Homburg said...

I'm aware we are not being picked up by google. Not certain what the problem is or how to fix.
Thank you for the emails - otherwise- I wouldn't have known about the problem.

Anonymous said...

so many of the pieces in this auction are not even Blenko. Ones that are often are missing their stoppers or have the wrong stoppers making them worthless. Who would buy from an auction house that clearly has no idea what they have??
Once you finish paying the auction premium, taxes and professional packing it's not so cheap either. And with little local auction houses I usually find my absentee bids are always mysteriously bid to the maximum amount too. hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Not all of us are professional sellers who use auctions and ebay as a source of mislabeled glass for reselling.
I thought the glass looked good
and I have collected for 8 years and am a board member of Fostoria Collector Group.
Auctions are a very good way to purchase glass.
Do not be discouraged. Buy from the auction.
Otherwise you'll buy from the NYC dealer and pay more for his professional packing - laugh - Do not use my name or email please.