This is a nice example of a handmade glass vase from the 'Rondo' range by Caithness Glass. Purple with pink and white glass swirls. No. 4155. Original Box and sticker.
Caithness Glass is a Scottish art glass manufacturing company. It was established in Wick, Caithness, Scotland in 1961 by Robin Sinclair, 2nd Viscount Thurso.
Condition: Excellent. Boxed. No chips, cracks, repairs, wear or damage.
Provenance: Ex. collection, Hampshire, UK.
Caithness Glass is a Scottish art glass manufacturing company. It was established in Wick, Caithness, Scotland in 1961 by Robin Sinclair, 2nd Viscount Thurso. It was rescued by George Mackie, Baron Mackie of Benshie in 1966. Mackie was chairman for the next two decades. Since 2006, the company has been based in Crieff, Perthshire. The company was created to help create additional employment in the face of continuing decline in local fishing and agriculture and also to take advantage of the easy availability of sand for glassmaking in Caithness. The local sand however proved unsuitable for manufacturing clear glass (as its high iron content would turn the glass green). The company soon specialised in the manufacture of glass paperweights, plus some ornamental glassware. The firm also became well known for supplying the annual trophy for the BBC Mastermind television quiz programme. The company was awarded a Royal Warrant by the Queen Mother in 1968.
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