I paid quite a lot for this vase, but I think the money was justified – aside from the fact that it’s so lovely to look at with those wonderful flecks of gold aventurine in the glass, it’s also in perfect condition, and pretty darn collectible! The base of the vase is signed Monart, the name of a Scottish glassworks that was in operation from 1924 until 1961. Monart glass is described as Scotland’s answer to the French art glass movement, with their primary designer being Spanish glassblower, Salvador Ysart.
It’s very rare to find a piece of Monart glass that’s stamped as most pieces weren’t signed unless they were made for export, which makes today’s vase even more special! Typically Monart vases sell for around £100-£200, but unusual pieces can sell for as much as £400 (R6000!), so at just R500 I think today’s vase is a bit of a steal!
Dimensions: 17cm tall x 15.5cm in diameter (at its widest)