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Q I have inherited this pair of 18cm high glass vases, which were a wedding present to my parents. I cannot see any maker's name, and would like to find out more.
A I have to admit, I'm not sure who made them, although they certainly are very pretty and of high quality. When faced with anonymous pieces like yours, I like to examine them closely, inspecting upper rims and bases. This tactile approach can't be applied when looking at a photograph. That said, I think your vases are 1930s and British. Nigel Benson, author of Miller's Glass of the 50s & 60s agrees, suggesting they may have been made by Webb Corbett of Stourbridge. I would tentatively value the pair in the low hundreds.
Q Could you give me some idea of the value of this piece? I was told that it was made in a limited edition and that only three survived, including my example.
A This is a Parian model of the famous statue of Sir Walter Scott by Sir John Robert Steell (1804-91), manufactured by Copeland.
The original, in solid marble, sits at the base of the Scott Monument in Edinburgh's Princes Street.
Copeland would have made a limited number of these Parian models, but rather more than you have been told.
I have come across several other examples at auction. Today, your piece is worth around pounds 300-pounds 400.
Questions taken from the current issue of BBC Homes &Antiques magazine - on sale now, pounds 3.30
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