The emerging importance of India as a producer of Carnival Glass has its origins back in 1997 when, in our publication NetworK we presented the story of Bostonian, Bob Smith’s trek to Bombay.
We are grateful to Vikram Bachhawat of Calcutta, India, to Bob Smith of Boston, USA, and to John & Margaret McGrath of Australia for sharing their considerable expertise in identifying, naming and cataloguing Carnival Glass made in India. Our subsequent collaborative research with them has uncovered the story of Indian Carnival Glass.
Items such as the Hand and Fish vases that were once believed to have been made in Czechoslovakia were found to have been made by the Jain Glass Company in India. Following on from these revelations, more and more Indian Carnival has emerged, and indeed we can now name and attribute specific patterns to nine Indian Carnival producers.
The Jain factory was the main producer in the Indian sub-continent, with vases and tumblers being their best known items. Some of their Carnival was trademarked. Other Indian Carnival makers include Advance, AVM, Paliwal and Khandelwal.
In our two Galleries - Indian Carnival Glass and Indian Carnival Glass Tumblers - we have identified over 50 different patterns. Click on the thumbnail images below to visit the Galleries.
There is more information on Carnival glass made in India in "Carnival Glass The Magic and the Mystery”.
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