Attractive amber-coloured Stevens and Williams bubble glass vase designed by Keith Murray c1930s. Controlled columnar bubble pattern created by trapping air between two layers of molten glass - producing a smooth exterior surface. The vase measures 16.5cm in height and 13.5cm across its rim. Ground pontil mark to base.
The firm of Stevens and Williams Ltd was established in 1847 after William Stevens and Samuel Cox Williams took over the Moor Lane glassworks at Brierly Hill from their father-in-law, Joseph Slvers. In 1870 they built a new glassworks at North Street, Brierley Hill very close to the Moor Lane glassworks. Initially continuing the production of high-quality cut crystal glass (termed "Rock Crystal"), however with innovations in coloured glass in the 1870s they developed their range of cameo glass which became a speciality. Stevens and Williams became one of the key firms in establishing the Stourbridge art glass industry alongside others such as Thomas Webb. The North Street glassworks continued to be run by descendants of Joseph Silvers until 1999 when it was sold to Epsom Enterprises but went into receivership in 2000.
Keith Murray worked as a freelance designer at Stevens & Williams of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands from 1932. Trial pieces were shown in London during this year and the 'Keith Murray range' was produced. Between 1932 and 1939 he produced over 1200 designs including a number of designs utilising controlled bubble glass - some made in very small quantities.
Stevens and Williams Amber Bubble Glass Vase by Keith Murray c1930s
This vase is in excellent original condition commensurate with age. No chips or cracks. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.