Dan Ruth - Among the Collectors

Dan Ruth - Among the Collectors

Saturday, May 10, 2014

American Carnival Glass's Love Affair with European Victorian Themes

Herring's "Pharaoh's Horse" and Fenton's "Horse Medallion"
Here's a terrific example of American Carnival Glass (1907-1925), reflecting the fashion and style of classic Victorian themes.  Fenton's "Horse Medallion" pattern is an homage to John Frederick Herring's Victorian masterwork, Pharaoh's Horses.  "Horse Medallion" is a favorite among Carnival Glass collectors, and comes is a large array of colors, from this Pumpkin Marigold ruffled bowl, to Red, Red Slag and Vaseline Opal.  A ruffled bowl in Celeste Blue sold for $8,000.00 in 2012 at the Heart of America Carnival Glass convention (info courtesy of David Doty's Carnival Glass website). 
 
Fenton's Carnival Glass "Horse Medallion" pattern.
The horses in Herring's masterwork are wrought with unbridled tension and fear.  In Frank Fenton's Carnival Glass version, each grouping of horses is within a circular cartouche and are somewhat sweeter and more decorative.  The pattern is stunning and can be found on plates and rose bowls, as well as footed Jack in the Pulpit (JIP) versions, so be on the look out for this beauty!