Hennetjie oppie nes

Rina Greeff

Jansenville, South Africa

Artist's Description

‘n Foto van my melkglas hennetjie op ’n nes, asook ’n kalf, geneem op Jansenville in die Oos-Kaap van Suid-Afrika. Die hennetjie was my skoonma s’n en die kalfie het ek op ’n vlooimark gekoop.

Milk glass hen on nest

Originally intended to be an inexpensive substitute for porcelain, milk glass is named for the milky white colour of the most popular pieces. Originally produced by glass makers in Venice in the 16th century, most of the items currently in collections date from the late 19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries. Because it was so popular, and produced in such an astounding variety of shapes and colours over a very long period of time, it is one of the most common of collectible items, and is readily available in every price range.

Older milk glass, which was produced primarily for the carriage trade in late 19th century, is noted for its delicacy and the fineness of its detail. The best pieces from this period are almost transparent, especially along the edges. The avid and knowledgeable collector of milk glass can often come across valuable older pieces which have been misidentified.

Newer milk glass, most dating from the 1930s through the 1970s is often called “depression glass,” and was mass produced and sold at lower prices for a less affluent market. Pieces from this era are especially common in shops, flea markets and at garage sales. These pieces are often difficult to distinguish from earlier, more valuable pieces, primarily because older moulds were frequently used by manufacturers to make reproductions.

Milk glass can be found in a variety of colours beyond white. Blue milk glass is especially prized by collectors, with many of the best pieces coming from French manufacturers.

kamera Canon EOS 500D

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