This is a fine clear crystal barrel-shaped vase by the designer John Luxton for Stuart and Sons.
John Luxton (1920 - 2013) was only 16 when he attended Stourbridge School of Art where he first became interested in glass. He won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art in London but his first term was interrupted by war. Luxton was called up to join the army - he served in Egypt, Iraq and Italy before being demobbed in Germany in 1946.
After the war, he returned to the Royal College and in 1949 he joined Stuart Crystal where he remained until his retirement in 1985.
John Luxton sadly remains a very much an undervalued designer. However, his illustrious career with Stuart Crystal was instrumental in changing the face of British glass design in the post-war years.
This beautiful vase by Luxton dates to the 1950s.
A fine pattern - with a repeat of stylised flower heads, and with an acid stamped maker's mark on the base. The engraved pattern is a very busy one and covers the whole of the vase - this has made it very difficult to photograph properly - and hope that my images do this fine piece of British Art Glass justice.
It is in good vintage condition ... with no water staining inside, and no chips or cracks. There are a couple of very fine, minor scratches on the outside - but you have to look for these in close up - and quite acceptable on a piece about 50 years old.
It measures 8 1/2 inches in height and the diameter at its widest is 5 1/2 inches.
The rim at the top has a diameter of 4 1/4 inches.
A very substantial piece of vintage crystal unpacked it is 2.1 kg.
I will have to send to you Parcelforce48 in the UK.
Sadly I will be unable to post this piece outside of the UK.