hearts and cobalt blue rim and tall stem, previously unlisted in the literature on the factory, sold for a record price of $3,738, the second-highest price
of the auction. Executed circa 1925 and standing nearly 10 inches high, the compote went for almost four times the estimated selling price, because it
was a terrific example, never before illustrated and in wonderful condition. A freehand 8-inch-tall vase from the same factory and period with unusual
low handles, known as shape FH10, sold for $2,300, also way over estimate. The deep marigold and applied blue green vase was unusual and very
attractive to many collectors.
Photos: Photographer:William H McGuffin
Examples of Imperial, Quezal and Durand having similar designs show up from time to time. The wonderful book "Glass Threads" by Gay LeCleire Taylor, Curator of the Museum of American Glass discusses the "threads" or links between these three companies relating to ownership and management, glass workers and the resulting similarites of product design.
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