Timothy Harris Special 'Flowers'

Dates produced

1993-1994

Designers

Timothy Harris and Carl Nordbruch

About this design

'Flowers' was a trial range produced by Timothy Harris and Carl Nordbruch of which a dozen pieces are known, including ten vases and two perfume bottles. All the pieces were of a different shape and size, but all have the characteristically shaped flowers. These were made to trial a new process of building up the design part by part and layer by layer after blowing the initial colour-cased gather into a ribbed mould. The flowers were formed part at a time after which the whole piece was finally heavily cased in clear glass. However, it became too time consuming to be commercial, which explains why there are only a handful of examples. 'Flowers' was only available at the IOW Studio and were not generally issued. Some (we believe four items) were kept by the Harris family in the Studio archives and only sold in 2009.

Colourways

There are no consistent colourways. Most have a predominantly light green background, with either white and yellow, white and pink, light green and purple or purple and blue flowers of which seven pieces are known, six vases and one perfume bottle. Another colourway has deep pink and deep purple flowers of which four pieces are known, three vases and one perfume bottle. Two vases of this colourway were offered for sale by Bonhams auction house in May 2009. Finally, there is a unique vase that is mainly white with light blue and pinkish purple flowers.

Examples

Green TH Special Flowers small amphora vase

This vase is signed "Timothy Harris Isle of Wight Glass England 1993". The vase is 13.5 cm high and 13.5 cm in diameter.

Green TH Special Flowers tall flared vase

This vase is signed "Timothy Harris IOW Glass England '94". It is 27 cm tall and 14 cm across at the top rim.

Deep pink and purple TH Special Flowers globe vase

This globe vase is 14 cm high and 15.5 cm in diameter. It is not signed.

Deep purple and blue TH Special Flowers baluster vase

Baluster vase 25 cm high and 17 cm maximum diameter. Signed by Timothy Harris and dated 1995. The vase was signed when purchased. Image courtesy of Lee Murgatroyd.

Deep purple and blue TH Special Flowers bell vase

Bell vase 15 cm high x 12.5 cm diameter. Signed by Timothy Harris and dated 1999. The vase was signed when purchased. Image courtesy of Lee Murgatroyd.

Green TH Special Flowers perfume bottle

Perfume bottle signed "Timothy Harris IOW Glass England 94". It is 15.0 cm high and 7.5 cm diameter at the widest point. Image courtesy of Richard Price.

Deep pink and purple TH Special Flowers globe vase

This vase is signed to the base "Timothy Harris Isle of Wight Studio Glass 1994". The vase is 17 cm high and 19.5 cm in diameter.

White TH Special Flowers amphora vase with light blue and pink flowers

The base is engraved with 'Isle of Wight Glass England 1993' written in Timothy Harris's hand. Timothy reckons that this piece must have been made by Carl Nordbruch when he worked at the Studio as he doesn't recall making it personally (personal communication). Image courtesy of Artius Glass.


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