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glassware manufacturers: T to V

Testolini, M Q
Murano, Venice, Italy (late 19th & early 20th Century)

Marco Testolini. Decorative glassware, similar to that of Salviati & C

Theresienthaler Krystallglasfabrik
Zwiesel, Germany (1830 - early 20th Century)

Art glass, particularly gilded & enamelled (similar to Bohemian and Silesian glassworks)

Thorpe, Dorothy C
Glendale, California, USA (1930s to present)

Dorothy Thorpe (1901-1989) was a modernist glass & ceramics designer, specialising in decorative but functional household crystalware. Created iconic 'Roly-Poly' glassware range. Used techniques such as silver banding, acid-etched & sand-blasted floral designs. Dorothy sold the company in 1953, but it is still in business, now in Studio City, California. Acid-etched trademark used until the company was sold, paper labels thereafter

Eastern Germany (19th & 20th Centuries)

Not actually a glassworks, but a region of Germany (not far from the Czech border, and containing the Thüringer Wald, a huge forest), famous for lamp-worked glass ornaments (often mistaken for Bimini products)

Tiffany & Co
New York, USA (1853 to present)

Art glass from 1885-1920. Louis Comfort Tiffany. Andrea Boldini, Arthur J/A Douglas/Leslie Nash

Tiffin, Ohio, USA (1889 - 1980)

Part of US Glass Co. "Swedish" art glass 1940s-50s. Company sold in 1966, 1968, 1979, closed 1980

Karlsbad, Bohemia (c 1880 - 1890)

Enamelled glassware, sometimes iridescent, both for the domestic market & export. Horseshoe trademark

Tomlinson & Co Ltd
Stairfoot, Barnsley, England (late 19th C - ?)

Manor Flint Glass Works. Flint glass manufacturers, including marbles, which, in 1895, they produced for the nearby Hope Glass Works

Toso, Aureliano (Vetri Decorativi Rag. Aureliano Toso)
Murano, Venice, Italy (1938 to present)

Aureliano Toso (d 1969), Aldo 'Polo' Bon (1944-60), Corrado 'Dino' Martens (1938-62), Mario Zanetti (1960-), Enrico Potz (1962-65), Gino Poli (1965--76), Bruno Bon. Now produce exclusively lighting, as part of FDV Group since 2002
FDV website

Toso, Vetreria Alberto
Murano, Venice, Italy (c 1940s - ?)

Alberto Toso, Vinicio Vianello, 'Fei' Toso

Toso, Vetreria Fratelli
Murano, Venice, Italy (1854 - 1982)

Angelo/Carlo/Ferdinando/Gregorio/Giovanni/Liberale Toso. Hans Stoltenberg Leche (1912), Guido Cadorin (1923), Ermanno Toso (1924-73), Vittorio Zecchin, Pollio Perelda (1950s), Giusto & Renato Toso (Ermanno's sons, 1960-82), Licio Zuffi (c 1954-72), Rosano Toso (1970s)

Toso Vetri d'Arte
Murano, Venice, Italy (1981 - 1990)

Luigi Toso, Carlo Tosi "Caramea", Dino Toso, Luigi Visentin. Fulvio Bianconi, Marco Zanini. Ettore Sottsass. Glassmakers for the now defunct Memphis design group (1980-c 1992). Bought out by Andrea Boscaro and renamed Compagnia Vetreria Muranese

Toyo Sasaki Glass
Tokyo, Japan (2002 to present)

Formed by merger of Toyo Glass (founded 1878) & Sasaki Glass (founded 1902). Leading Japanese manufacturer of high-quality tableware & glass containers. Member of the Toyo Seikan group

Transjö Hytta
Transjö, Sweden (1982 to present)

Glass studio & 'laboratory', founded by
Jan-Erik Ritzman & Sven-Åke Carlsson , both from Kosta Boda

Trent Valley Glassworks
Hatton, near Tutbury, England (1947-1984)

Rebuilt on the site of the former Royal Castle Flint Glass Works (founded 1871 by
JTH Richardson). Used the tradename 'Glastics'

Tschernich & Co
Haida (Nový Bor), Bohemia (1871 - 1926)

Heinrich Tschernich. Glass refinery, doing work for the Loetz factory (among others). Merged with Carl Meltzer in 1926 to form Meltzer, Tschernich AG

Tudor Crystal (see Stourbridge Glass Co)
See also under
current British glassworkers: T to Z

Turnbull, Matthew
Southwick, Sunderland, England (1859 - 1953)

Cornhill Glass Works. Pressed flint & amber glass (14 designs registered from 1879 to 1895). Latterly suppliers to Woolworths. Closed when Woolworths contract lost

Union Glass Co
Somerville, Mass., USA (1851 - 1924)

Art glass from 1893 (particularly iridescent) under the name "Kew Blas" - an anagram of the initials & name of the plant manager, William S Blake. Julian de Cordova

United States Glass Co
Pittsburgh, Pa, USA (c 1910 - 1930s)

Cut glass & pressed "depression" glass

Universal Glass Products Co
Parkersburg, W Va, USA (c 1920s - ?)

Manufacturers of pressed glass (19 designs registered in UK from 1928 to 1939)

Val, E & Cie (Ancienne Maison Effler)
Paris, France (c 1920s - 1940s)

Refiners & retailers of glass & porcelain. Acid-cameo items signed 'Val' or 'D'Argyl' (from 1928) produced for them by companies such as Legras, Verreries de St Denis et Pantin, Verrerie d'Art Lorrain

Valle, Valerio
Murano, Venice, Italy (current)

Classic-style graffito-gilded & enamelled items & reproductions

Vallérysthal & Portieux
Vallérysthal, Meurthe, France (1705 - ?)

Founded 1705 by François Magnien. Pressed & hand-blown opaline & coloured glass. Art glass from c 1890s. Desiré Christian, Charles Spindler, F A Otto Krueger, Bruno Paul
(the 1908 catalogue can be seen at

Valletta Glass Blowers Company
Malta (1980 to present)

Formerly Mtarfa Glass. Paul Said (brother of Joseph Said of Mdina Glass)

Vallon, G
France (uncertain)

Moulded mark seen on pressed, frosted, opalescent glassware

Val St-Lambert
Liège, Belgium (1825 to present)

François Kemlin & Auguste Lelièvre (from Cristallerie de Vonêche). Dieudonné Masson (1862-1924), Léon Ledru (1888-1926), Henry Van de Velde, François Lambou, Philippe Wolfers (all early 1900s), Amédée de Caranza (1905), Jeanne Gevaert-Tixhon (1912), Joseph Simon (1926-42), Charles Graffart (1926-58), René Delvenne (1958-67), André Bourlard (early 1950s), Sam Herman. Harvey K Littleton (US), Bert Van Loo, Louis Barthélemy (all 1970s)
(various catalogues, from 1935 to 1957, can be seen at www.glas-musterbuch.de)

V.A.M.S.A. (Vetreria Artistica Muranese Società per Azioni)
Murano, Venice, Italy (1937 - ?)

Formerly (1925-1937) S.A.V.A.M. Alfredo Barbini (c 1938), Luigi Ferro, Ermenegildo Ripa, Luigi Scarpa Croce

Vannes, Cristalleries de
Vannes-le-Châtel, Meurthe, France (1765 to present)

Nicolas Grivau (1788-1823). Bought by the Schmidt family (1824-1908), becoming the Verrerie Schmidt. Subsequently owned by the Bourbonneux family (1909-1960). Manufacturers of tableware & decorative items.The quality steadily improved from the 1930s, with crystal production beginning in 1963. Merged with the glassworks of Bayel, Fains, Vallérysthal & Portieux, to form Compagnie Française du Cristal (CFC) in 1970, which was in turn acquired by Daum (1986). By the 1980s, were manufacturing for 'Cristal de Sévres' as well as 'Daum'. After financial problems, it became part of the European Centre for Research and Training in Glassmaking (CERFAV) in 1991

Varnish & Co, E
London, England (1849 - 1852)

Edward Varnish & Frederick Hale Thomson. Also W Lund, Thomas Mellish. Retailers & patentees (1849 & 1850) of double-walled silvered glass, which may have been manufactured for them by James Powell & Sons

Perth, Scotland (1946 - 1963)

Salvador/Augustin/Vincent Ysart. Stuart Drysdale (manager). Re-named Strathearn after being bought out by Teachers whisky in 1963

Scorzè, near Venice, Italy (1981 - ?)

Sergio Biliotti & Ludovico Diaz de Santillana (from Venini & C.). Luigi Massoni, Emilio Moretti & Mario Ticcò (both also from Venini & C.), Afra & Tobia Scarpa (1980s), Toni Zuccheri, Perry King, Santiago Miranda

Vedar (see Fontana, Vetri d'Arte)

Venezia e Murano, Compagnia di (Compagnia di Venezia e Murano Vetri e Mosaici, or The Venice & Murano Glass & Mosaic Co)
Murano, Venice, Italy (1866 - 1909)

Founded by Sir Henry A Layard, Sir William Drake & Dr Antonio Salviati. Edward Burne-Jones (1880s), Vincenzo Moretti, Attilio Spaccarelli, Luigi Dalla Venezia, Giovanni Serena, Isidoro Seguso, Giovanni Nason, Andrea Rioda (all 1890s). The Baroviers & Segusos learnt their art here. London showroom at 30 St James's Street, SW. Company bought out by Marco Testolini in 1900, glass production ceased 1909. Continued as commissioning retailers, merging with Pauly & C in 1919 to become Pauly CVM, glass production resuming 1925
Pauly CVM website

Venezia e Murano, Cristalleria di
Murano, Venice, Italy (c 1950s)

Anzolo Fuga

Venice & Murano Glass Co (see Venezia e Murano, Compagnia di)

Venini & C
Murano, Venice, Italy (1925 to present)

Previously Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin, Venini & C, until Giacomo Cappellin left in 1925. Paolo Venini, Andrea Rioda, Vittorio/Francesco Zecchin, Napoleone Martinuzzi (1925-32), Carlo Scarpa (1932-47), Tomaso Buzzi (1932-33), Tyra Lundgren (1934-40), Fulvio Bianconi (1948-51), Ludovico Diaz de Santillana (1959-81). Also collaborated with: Tapio Wirkkala (1959-85), Salvador Dali, Eugene Berman, Riccardo Licata, Tobia Scarpa (all 1950s). Thomas Stearns, Lyn Tissot, Massimo Vignelli, Toni Zucchieri, Miroslav Hrstka (all 1960s). Laura de Santillana(1970s), Mary-Ann "Toots" Zinsky (1980s). Amalgamated with Kastrup-Holmegaard, Boda Nova-Höganäs Keramik & Orrefors Kosta Boda to form Royal Scandinavia in 1997

Vereenigde Glasfabrieken, N.V. (United Glassworks)
Schiedam, Netherlands

Parent company of Leerdam, and of Maastricht until 1978

Vereinigte Lausitzer Glaswerke (see Lausitzer Glaswerke)

Vereinigte Radeberger Glashütten (see Radeberger Glashütten)

Les Andelys, France (c 1920 - 1955)

Name from 'VERrerie des AndeLYS'. Set up by Holophane, an American industrial glass company, but, after employing several Bohemian glassworkers, also began producing hand-blown art glass. From c 1933, this was replaced by mass-produced pressed (often opalescent) glass

Verre Français, Le (see Schneider, Cristallerie)

Verrerie d'Art de Lorraine (see Burgun, Schverer & Cie)

Verreries d'Art 'Lorrain' (see Art 'Lorrain', Verreries d')

Vetraria Muranese, Compagnia
Murano, Venice, Italy (1990 to present)

Formerly Toso Vetri d'Arte

Vetri Murano
This is not actually a company, but a trademark created in 1981 by the Venice Glass Consortium (sponsored by the Industrialist Association of the Province of Venice and the Venice Craftsmen's Association) for use only by those companies owning glassworks on the island of Murano. Appears usually printed on an adhesive label, as follows:

Vianne, Verrerie de
Vianne, France (1928-2005, 2009 to present)

Founded by the Laubenheimer Brewery to produce bottles. Not economically viable, it was purchased by two industrialists in 1930, who began production of oil-lamps, then of general lighting components. Went bankrupt in 2005, but was bought out in 2009 by ex-employees, & has now re-opened

Vidrios de Mallorca, Los (see Gordiola)

Vieux Moulin, Verrerie de
Biot, France (1980 to present)

Robert Pierini (b. 1950). Later joined by his son, Antoine. Hand-blown hot-formed Art Glass

Viking Glass Co
New Martinsville, W.Va., USA (1944 - 1986)

Elmer E Miller (1923-). Re-opened as Dalzell-Viking 1987, but finally closed 1998

Vilbiss, De (see DeVilbiss)

Villeroy & Boch
Mettlach a.d. Saar, Germany (1748 to present)

Originally Boch ceramics company. Merger of Boch with Villeroy in 1836. Glassworks at Waldgassen established 1843. Cameo glass (1902-34). Edmond Rigot (1929-31) glass signed 'E Rigot'. Acquired Josephinenhütte in 1963 (totally absorbing it in 1979)

Vineland Flint Glass Works
Vineland, N.J., U.S.A. (1897 - 1931)

Victor Durand. Art Glass from 1924 (Durand Art Glass Co). Martin Bach Jr., Emil Larson (both from Quezal) Company bought out by Kimble Glass Co c 1931. Victor Durand Jr.

Vistosi, Vetraria
Murano, Venice, Italy (1945 to present)

Guglielmo Vistosi (died 1952, and succeeded by Oreste Vistosi, his brother). Alfredo Barbini (1947), Luciano/Gino Vistosi (Oreste's sons), Alessandro Pianon (1956-62), Napoleone Martinuzzi, Pietro Pelzel (1962-). 1960s & 70s designers include: Fulvio Bianconi (1960s), Ettore Sottsass (1970s), Paolo Aufreddi, Mario Abis, Angelo Mangiarotti, Liisi Meronen Beckmann, Enrico Capuzzo, Gae Aulenti, Vico Magistretti, Eleonore Peduzzi Riva, Adalberto Dal Lago. Company taken over in 1985 by Maurizio Albarelli (owner of Seguso Vetri d'Arte) and now only produces lamps

Vonêche, Cristallerie de
Namur, Belgium (1778 - 1816)

Purchased 1802 by Aimé-Gabriel d'Artigues. François Kemlin & Auguste Lelièvre. Operations transferred 1816 to Verreries de Ste Anne at Baccarat, which d'Artigues had acquired. Kemlin & Lelièvre left, and went on to found Val St Lambert

Von Poncet Glashüttenwerke
Friedrichshain, Germany (early 20th Century)

Household glassware.1 design registered in UK in 1937. Listed as 'Von Poncet Glashuettenwerke AG'

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