Fenton "Sunset Stretch", 2002.
This is an extract from a Fenton catalogue from 2002 showing a colour/stretch effect combination that they called "Sunset Stretch", shown courtesy of the Fenton Family and Fenton Art Glass Company.
Fenton explained how they achieved the iridescent Stretch Glass treatment - by hand-finishing the item after the iridescent spray has been applied. The difference, compared to (non-stretch) Carnival Glass, is that Carnival was hand-finished before the iridescent spray was applied.
Panelled Grape (aka Paneled Grape)
The catalogue shows several items in the pattern called Panelled Grape - a lidded Candy Box (#7680), a two piece Punch Bowl, Base and Cups (#4601 and #4642), and a footed Vase (5751).
Recently (September 2019), Cindy Garner posted pictures of her beautiful Candy Box for identification on our Carnival Glass NetworK Group on Facebook. Thanks to Cindy for her permission to share her pictures here.
We were intrigued by the apparent difference between the Panelled Grape items shown in the catalogue, specifically that the Candy Box had the pattern of beads on all the edges - a feature that is not apparent on the other Panelled Grape pieces.
Naturally, we had to investigate further! The first place to research was the list of Fenton factory moulds that were sold after the plant closed down, and we found the mould for the footed Candy. It is shown here on the right (the lid, and also the finial were moulded separately).
Two things caught our attention in the Fenton listing. Firstly, there were a large number of Panelled Grape moulds in the listing, and many of them were noted as being owned by Gary Levi. Secondly, the Candy Box was actually annotated as "Beaded Grape", which started us on a whole new area of investigation!
Delving further back in time, we found that the moulds were previously owned and worked by Westmoreland Glass Co. They were extensively used in the 1950s - 1970s for Westmoreland's very popular milk glass range (not Carnival). Shown below (left) is an extract from the 1963 Westmoreland catalogue: it shows both the Candy Box - described as "Bowl - footed" and the vase that were subsequently reused by Fenton and offered in their 2002 catalogue.
The moulds used by Fenton for the Panelled Grape Candy Box (above) and the 8½"vase (below) shown in their 2002 catalogue. Courtesy of the Fenton Family and Fenton Art Glass Company.
Clearly, Westmoreland made a distinction between Beaded Grape, pattern No. 1884, and Paneled Grape, pattern No. 1881, although other Westmoreland catalogues did show both patterns (with their different pattern numbers) under the one heading of Paneled Grape. It would seem that Fenton decided to use this one name (but using Panelled instead of Paneled).
Extract from Westmoreland 1963 catalogue, courtesy of Jon D. Bartell.
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