Spanish Glass Identification Guide + Gallery
There seems to be very little information to be found online about the Spanish glass industry. I have created this section to add information about vintage Spanish glass as I discover it. The few items I have come across are similar in style to Italian Murano glass, and were most likely made for the tourist market.Buy Spanish Glass Products in our Online Glass Store
Viartec THF Glass
The origin of the sculptures shown below have been a mystery to me for a long time. Although very Murano in style, I once had a piece from this range with a Davidsons label (British glassworks). However it is very different from their normal work, and no others have surfaced with Davidson labels, so the label was probably "added" by someone later. Then another example turned up with an "Icet" label. Icet are or were a Venezuelian factory who produced Murano style glass, so this seemed quite plausible, however, again no other examples with Icet labels have surfaced. Finally, after following a lead from Collectors Weekly, I believe I found the answer. It turns out these sculptures were made by a Spanish factory called Viartec THF. Further research online has resulted in multiple examples with labels that read "Viartec Hand Made in Spain". I also found a couple of online listings of unlabelled examples, where the seller claimed to have bough them while on holiday in Spain in the 1970's. This would explain why they are fairly common here in the UK, Spain being one of our most popular holiday destinations. More info can be found in the forum discussion [here].
According to their website, the Gordiola glassworks has been in operation since 1719, and is still in production today. Based on the island of Majorca / Mallorca in Spain, they produce coloured hand blown glassware.
A Spanish turquoise glass five spout vase. Made by the Gordiola glassworks. Shown on page 12 of their online catalogue [here]. Very similar to a Vittorio Zecchin design for Venini.
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