Bristol Blue, the story of a remarkable cobalt blue glassware


This is the story of how Bristol Blue Glass swept to popularity in the reign of George III, from the early days when smalt (cobalt oxide) was imported into Bristol from Hanover for use in the porcelain industry; how glass manufacturers applied the process to their own wares and in doing so produced a beautiful rich blue glass which quickly became fashionable.

It is also the story of the early innovators – their successes and failures. It will appeal to anyone interested in collecting Georgian Glassware, or who appreciates the full-colour pictures used throughout, illustrating decanters, glasses, finger bowls and glass coolers.

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