New Bohemians Glass Manufactures Update


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"Antique Glass Rose Bowls"

From the Victorian Period into the Art Nouveau Period














     The antiquarian web site is dedicated to the study of Antique Glass Rose Bowls from the Victorian era through early post-Victorian Period and into the beginning of the Art Nouveau Period. Our intent is to use this site to document and assist us in our own research projects on rose bowls.  We also wish to freely provide information about rose bowls, the history of glass, glass in general and the glass manufactures (Glasshouses) themselves to other collectors and all other interested individuals.  We are attempting to compiled the single largest reference or data base on glass available anywhere.      

This web site will develop over time offering more information to the reader.  We will provide a brief technical explanation of how glass is made, including chemistry of the different colors of glass and the manufacturing techniques used in making rose bowls.  We will provide a brief history about each glasshouse (glass manufacturer).  Within that history, we will mainly focus on glass patterns or styles that are involved with rose bowls.   We will supply a detailed description, including measurements of each rose bowl when possible with accompanying high resolutions photographs.  Each rose bowl should have three or more accompanying photographs including a side view, top view, and bottom or pontil view.  The exception to this is when photographs are shared with us by fellow collectors or when public domain images are used.   

We will list Rose Bowls by know makers (glasshouses) whenever possible.  We will list Rose Bowls by group or groups when the maker (glasshouse) is unknown.  For the time being, you will have to conduct a manual search by Glasshouse Name, Pattern Names, or other descriptive information.

We would also like to ask for our readers help in our Research Projects.  If you have any information you think would be useful contact us at: RBinfo@THEANTIQUARIAN.US.


What is a Rose Bowl?

     For the definition of what constitutes a rose bowl, we are using the definition supplied by Johanna S. Billings in her book, "Collectible Glass Rose Bowls."  Ms. Billings states "A rose bowl generally is a round piece which turns in at the top, but does not turn up or back out again.  Most have crimps, but pieces which have smooth or scalloped rims can also be considered rose bowls as long as they turn inward, but do not turn up or back out." 

"The problem arises from the fact that manufacturers sometimes used the term "rose bowl" to describe pieces which do not fit this definition.  It would be wrong to go so far as to say these are not rose bowls.  If that's what the manufacturer called them, that's what they are." 

"It's also important to note that Europe has a completely different definition of a "rose bowl."  In Germany and Holland, for example, the term "rose bowl" refers to a low bulbous shape with a small neck for accommodating a metal grid for flower arrangements.  The crimped shape we Americans know as a rose bowl has no real equivalent in Europe, says Dutch glass collector Ivo Haanstra, and Europeans would likely designate our rose bowls as "potpourri vases."*1

In Holland, what they call a rose bowl is made out of porcelain and is called a pomander vase.  In the UK and in France, rose bowls will be found both full size and miniature.  The French term would be parfumer or bolo parfumeur (perfumer or perfumer bowl).

The general consensus is that the original purpose of rose bowls was to hold potpourri or rose petals.  There are some who felt that rose bowls were small vases designed to hold the short stemmed rose of the day.  To the glass companies, the rose bowl was just product line to sell for profit.  To today's collectors, it is a hobby to purchase, sell, show, discuss, research, and most of all…to enjoy.

*1 Billings, Johanna S., Collectible Glass Rose Bowls, Dubuque, Iowa:  Antique Trader Books 1999

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