Fenton Glass Bird Figurines
Fenton glass bird figurines are art glass objects made by the American-based Fenton Art Glass Company.
History & Description
The company was founded by brothers Frank and John Fenton in 1905 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. At the beginning, the two brothers survived by painting over glass blanks made by other glass makers but by 1907 had built a new factory and had begun to make their own glass products.
The company has been producing glass bird figurines since the mid-twentieth century and have utilised a number of different styles of glass, such as carnival, milk and Burmese. These delicate products have been crafted in many vibrant colours and the satin and opalescent qualities of these products have ensured that they are highly sought after by art glass collectors.
Guide for collectors
Collectors can date these products by locating the maker’s mark which can be found on the underside of the piece. All post-1970s pieces have the logo – a curved “F” in two overlapping circles - while items from the 1980s also have the letter “N” and then the number “9” during the 1990s.
Fenton glass bird figurines are occasionally sold through national auction houses. Collectors can also purchase pieces from eBay; however, the majority of examples advertised were made post-2000.
Notable auction sales
On November 9th 2008 at Randy Clark & Associates Auctioneers in Marietta, Ohio, a bird figurine, modelled by Louise Piper, circa 1975-1976, realised a price of $170.
On September 4th 2004 at Priddy’s Auction Galleries Inc. in Denver, Colorado, six bird figurines realised a price of $150.
On May 9th 2012, a bird figurine with sunflowers and oranges decoration, dated 2010, was sold on eBay for $129.99.
On May 13th 2012, a bird figurine with dahlia and orange decoration, circa 2000s, was sold on eBay for $129.99.
On August 13th 2011 at Martin Auction Co. in Anna, Illinois, two carnival glass bird figurines realised a price of $90.
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