Baby, You're So Square!
Baby, You’re So Square!
I don't know why my heart flips
I only know it does
I wonder why I love you baby
I guess it's just because
You're so square*
Do you know the feeling? You see a piece of Carnival … a shape, a colour, a pattern … and you know you just have to have it.
There’s something about it that makes your heart skip a beat. It was the shape that did it.
There’s nothing else quite like these extremely rare and unusual square-shaped vases in Carnival Glass.
Made by Brockwitz and Riihimaki, they really do stop the show.
*"You're So Square - Baby I Don't Care" written in 1957 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Made famous by Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.
Square Diamond (aka Column Flower) - Brockwitz
Square Diamond was made in one height only, a shade over 8 inches (21 cm). It is an exquisitely complex geometric, comprising diamonds, hobstars, file and fan shapes. The pattern is repeated on each of the four sides.
Regina’s Star – Brockwitz
Regina’s Star featured in the Brockwitz catalogue in three sizes, as shown below; approx. 5.5”, 7” and just under 9” (14 cm, 18 cm and 23 cm). The largest 9" size is the one known in Carnival. Blue is the only colour currently reported.
Schmalzie - Riihimaki
Schmalzie is a complex, intaglio geometric that is dominated by two massive hobstars, joined by crossed lines.
The pattern is repeated on each of the four sides.
All three vases are exceptionally rare, and in our view, they rival in rarity (and arguably design) that great Millersburg classic, the Peoples Vase. This is the first published image we know of, where all three of them are shown in a single arrangement!
All three of them were first illustrated singly in our “Art of Carnival Glass” published 2004 by Schiffer.