Imperial Contemporary Sunburst Yellow Carnival Glass
In 1981 the Imperial glass business then owned by, and trading as Lenox Imperial Glass, was sold to Arthur Lorch, and the LIG mark became ALIG.
This is the last known catalogue produced for Imperial under Lorch's ownership - it was published towards the end of 1981 for the 1982 - 1983 sales period. Two Carnival colours were included in this catalogue: Pink and the one shown here, Sunburst, a new line, which was also referred to as Sunburst Yellow, with the product code was SYC.
As the catalogue states - "Each item is authentically reproduced from original moulds" - a clear sign that Imperial's business was not in good financial shape by that time, and investing in new moulds was probably not a serious proposition. In fact the business only survived for a short time, closing in 1984.
In the catalogue, we can see a number of Imperial's well-known favourites, including:
Acanthus: cat #42725 & #42707 (5" Crimped Compote and 7" 43-Toed bowl)
Beads and Fan: cat #42643 (5½” Handled Basket)
Bulldog Pup: cat #42943 (Bulldog)
Bunny on Nest: cat #42904 (Bunny-on-Nest)
Cologne Bottle: cat #42487 (Cologne & Stopper)
Double Scroll: cat #42795 (3½” Oval Candleholder/Soap Dish)
Fine Ribbed: cat #42749 (6" - 8" Swung Bud Vase)
Four Leaf: cat #42581 (Puff Box & Cover)
Gothic Arches: cat #42735 (10" - 14" Swung Vase)
Hattie: cat #42687 (10" Banana Bowl)
Hen on Nest: cat #42926 (Hen-on-Nest)
Lamb / Miniature Lamb: cat #42536 (Miniature Lamb Sugar & Creamer Set)
Lamb / Miniature Lamb: cat #42911 (Miniature Lamb Box & Cover Set)
Louis 14th.: cat #42882 (4-Toed Candy Jar & Cover)
Lustre Rose: cat #42054 & # 42155 (9 oz Tumbler and 3 Pt. Pitcher)
Lustre Rose: cat #42693 (8" 3-Toed Bowl)
Mirror: cat #42958 (8½” Handled Mirror)
Pansy: cat #42574 (5½” Handled Nappy)
Ring Holder: cat #42947 (3½” Jewelry Holder)
Suzanne Bell: cat #42844 (6" Colonial Belle)
Swan / Imperial Swan: cat #42930 (4" Swan)
Terrier Pup: cat #42944 (Terrier)
Three-in-One: cat #42620 (Toothpick Holder)
The patterns shown above in bold are also known in Classic Carnival Glass.
On closure, Imperial's assets were sold, and many of their moulds were bought by Fenton and other glassmakers.
See more Imperial Contemporary Carnival catalogues.