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|Monart Handled Vase - March 2004|
Only 11 standard styles of Monart with handles are shown in the original catalogue, although some special items are known too. It is believed that there are only 30 to 40 examples in circulation making them the rarest of Monart styles. This is Cloisonné, which was made by dipping the gather in water which created cracks in the surface. Further blowing opened up the cracks. This example also shows the the lustre deposited on the white outer layer by exposure to impurities in the gas. Until around 1926 Moncrieff made their own gas, they then switched to corporation gas which was purer. When Paul Ysart made some surface decorated pieces post war, he would have used chemicals to achieve the lustre. This example is shape K.
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