We are pleased to offer a stunning Large Vintage Fenton Art Glass French Opalescent Coin Dot Ruffled Vase with a double crimped rim, which we believe was produced between 1948 and 1951. This Large Vintage Fenton Art Glass French Opalescent Coin Dot Ruffled Vase has a polished pontil, and is in excellent condiiton, with no damage whatsoever except for a very light, thin 3/4" scratch on the base that is only visible upon close inspection. This Large Vintage Fenton Art Glass French Opalescent Coin Dot Ruffled Vase measures 8" tall from the base to the top of the rim, and is 8-3/8" wide from rim edge to rim edge. This is a substantial vase! The Antiquarians love Fenton's Coin Dot pattern for its unique optical effect: when you look through the clear dots, you can see six dots on the far side of the piece, making a daisy pattern inside each dot. (But don't confuse Coin Dot with Fenton's Dot Optic pattern, where the dots are opalescent and the rest of the glass is clear). This Large Vintage Fenton Art Glass Coin Dot Ruffled Vase is in the beautiful French Opalescent finish, which is clear dots with a white, muted opalescent effect. The restrained finish is a perfect counterpoint to the dramatic size and shape of the Large Vintage Fenton Art Glass French Opalescent Coin Dot Ruffled Vase! Please examine our photographs closely -- whether or not you collect Fenton art glass, we think you will want this beauty in your home!
BRIEF HISTORY: In 1947, Fenton introduced the Coin Dot design. It was patterned after an old Victorian polka dot pattern and was initially produced in blue opalescent, cranberry, and French opalescent. The process for manufacturing Coin Dot was fairly time-consuming. The mold, called a spot mold, formed the circular pattern in the glass. After the glass had been fired once, it was allowed to cool slightly and was then reheated. Those parts of the glass that were not within the circles turned cloudy from reheating. Over the next few years Fenton introduced some new colors, such as Honeysuckle and Lime, but with the exception of the cranberry coin dot, most of these color lines were relatively short-lived. In the early eighties, Fenton revived the Coin Dot pattern and introduced new shapes and colors, including Country Cranberry, Country Peach, Forget-Me-Not Blue, Ruby and Glacier Blue. Fenton ceased all production in 2011, ending the reign of America's premiere art glass manufacturer.