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Opalescent glass is a general term for clear or coloured glass with a milky white opaque or translucent effect often to either the rim (such as Davidson's Pearline range) or centre of the glass item. French makers Lalique and Sabino, and Jobling from England are all well known for their opalescent art deco glass production. Opalescent glass has also been produced in various other countries including Italy and Czechoslovakia. One way of creating opalescent glass is the slow cooling of the thicker areas of the glass, resulting in crystallisation. Another method is used in hand blown glass, using two layers of glass, with the outer layer containing chemicals which react to heat to cause opalescence. Opalescent glass can also be created by reheating certain areas as they begin to cool, again with the use of heat sensitive chemicals.

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Sabino French opaline/opalescent glass elephant sculpture, signed to base. Sabino French opaline/opalescent glass elephant sculpture, signed to base. Sabino French opaline/opalescent glass elephant sculpture, signed to base. Sabino French opaline/opalescent glass elephant sculpture, signed to base.
Sabino French opaline/opalescent glass elephant sculpture, signed to base.

Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably French. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably French. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably French. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably French.
Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably French.

Opaline/opalescent glass coaster, with 'Made in France' embossed on the base. Opaline/opalescent glass coaster, with 'Made in France' embossed on the base. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Crysantheme' bowl, designed by Andre Hunebelle for Hunebelle at Choisy-le-Roi. Has 'Made in France' embossed on the base. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Crysantheme' bowl, designed by Andre Hunebelle for Hunebelle at Choisy-le-Roi. Has 'Made in France' embossed on the base.
Opaline/opalescent glass coaster, with 'Made in France' embossed on the base. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Crysantheme' bowl, designed by Andre Hunebelle for Hunebelle at Choisy-le-Roi. Has 'Made in France' embossed on the base.
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Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably Czech. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl with metal base, possibly French. Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Oyster Shell' bowl, pattern number 9000. Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Fircone' bowl, pattern number 5000.
Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl, probably Czech. Art deco opaline/opalescent glass bowl with metal base, possibly French. Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Oyster Shell' bowl, pattern number 9000.
Ref: Collectors Guide to Jobling p18.
Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Fircone' bowl, pattern number 5000.
Ref: Collectors Guide to Jobling p42.

Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Fircone' bowl, pattern number 5000. Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Fircone' plate, pattern number 5000. Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Tudor Rose' bowl, pattern number 8000. Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Flower' plate, pattern number 6000.
Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Fircone' bowl, pattern number 5000.
Ref: Collectors Guide to Jobling p42.
Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Fircone' plate, pattern number 5000.
Ref: Collectors Guide to Jobling p42.
Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Tudor Rose' bowl, pattern number 8000.
Ref: Collectors Guide to Jobling p18.
Jobling art deco opaline/opalescent glass 'Flower' plate, pattern number 6000.
Ref: Collectors Guide to Jobling p42.

Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Portieux, labelled. Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Portieux, labelled. Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Portieux, labelled. Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Portieux, labelled.
Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Portieux, labelled.

Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Pierre Schneider, from the 'Opaline Veritable' range, labelled. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Pierre Schneider, from the 'Opaline Veritable' range, labelled. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Pierre Schneider, from the 'Opaline Veritable' range, labelled. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Pierre Schneider, from the 'Opaline Veritable' range, labelled.
Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, by French maker Pierre Schneider, from the 'Opaline Veritable' range, labelled.

Pink glass goblet with opalescent/opaline white glass base, probably French or Italian. Pink glass goblet with opalescent/opaline white glass base, probably French or Italian. Pink glass goblet with opalescent/opaline white glass base, probably French or Italian. Pink glass goblet with opalescent/opaline white glass base, probably French or Italian.
Pink glass goblet with opalescent/opaline white glass base, probably French or Italian.

Opalescent/opaline white glass vase, probably French or Italian. Opalescent/opaline white glass vase, probably French or Italian. Opalescent/opaline white glass vase, probably French or Italian. Opalescent/opaline white glass vase, probably French or Italian.
Opalescent/opaline white glass vase, probably French or Italian.

Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia.
Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia.

Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia.
Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia.

Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Opalescent Murano glass biscuit barrel, labelled. Opaline/opalescent glass 'thorn' vase, possibly Bohemian circa 1900.
Pink glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Blue glass vase with opaline/opalescent foot, possibly by Italian maker Stelvia. Opalescent Murano glass biscuit barrel, labelled. Opaline/opalescent glass 'thorn' vase, possibly Bohemian circa 1900.

Bohemian 1930's white 'Opaline' glass vase with multicoloured spatter glass base, by Kralik. Bohemian 1930's white 'Opaline' glass vase with multicoloured spatter glass base, by Kralik. Bohemian 1930's white 'Opaline' glass vase with multicoloured spatter glass base, by Kralik. Bohemian 1930's white 'Opaline' glass vase with multicoloured spatter glass base, by Kralik.
Bohemian 1930's white 'Opaline' glass vase with multicoloured spatter glass base, by Kralik. Bohemian 1930's white 'Opaline' glass vase with multicoloured spatter glass base, by Kralik.



        



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