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Carnival Glass

Borrowing from the brilliant colors and luminescent finish akin to Tiffany's creations, carnival glass is a type of pressed glass. It originated in the early 20th century and is some of the most highly collectible glass on the auction market today.

The heritage of carnival glass began with Fenton Art Glass Company in Ohio in 1908. Their innovative designers created a line of glass known as Iridill, made from iridized glass that channeled the same lustrous finishes made popular in designs by companies like Tiffany Studios and Steuben Glass Works. Achieving similar luminosity to Tiffany pieces at a lower cost, Fenton's Iridill line grew in popularity and spurred others to join in the field of carnival glass

The major American producers of carnival glass, including Northwood, Dugan, and Millersburg all experienced peak production between 1910 and 1930, halting during the Great Depression. Though Fenton relaunched production in the '60s and '70s, it is these early 20th century examples that are so coveted today.

 

Quick Facts

  • Carnival glass is also known as rainbow glass because of the remarkable range of colors incorporated. It is also known as dope glass, so named because of the doping, or treating, of the surface of the glass with a special substance to encourage luminosity
  • Pieces within the carnival glass family vary widely in price. Some are worth nominal amounts of money; others, like several of those produced by Northwood Company, can achieve prices close to $20,000
  • European producers also jumped on the popularity of carnival glass, including Eda in Sweden and South American Cristalerias Piccardo, whose 8-inch tall Jeweled Peacock Tail vase has sold for more than $1,000 in past auctions

Learn more from the Invaluable Guide to Carnival Glass.

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Fenton Northwood Carnival Glass
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Fenton Northwood Carnival Glass
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $150- $400
$1006 Bids
Carnival Glass "Northwood"
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Carnival Glass "Northwood"
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $150- $300
$403 Bids
Carnival "Good Luck Plate" Northwood
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Carnival "Good Luck Plate" Northwood
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $100- $300
$302 Bids
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Vintage Imperial Carnival Glass Vase
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Imperial Carnival Glass Vase
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
A Marked Fenton Carnival Glass Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
A Marked Fenton Carnival Glass Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $75- $750
$701 Bid
1970' GRAPE CARNIVAL GLASS CANDY DISH AND LID
Dec 17, 9:00 AM CST
1970' GRAPE CARNIVAL GLASS CANDY DISH AND LID
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$51 Bid
Comedy Carnival HALF SHEET Hal Roach
Dec 09, 3:00 PM EST
Comedy Carnival HALF SHEET Hal Roach
by Plain City Auction
Est: $10- $500
$51 Bid
2 Peach Carnival Glass Vases
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
2 Peach Carnival Glass Vases
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Northwood Carnival Glass
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Northwood Carnival Glass
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $125- $300
$201 Bid
Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dish
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dish
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$300 Bids
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Vintage Carnival Glass Sherbet Bowl, Marigold
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Carnival Glass Sherbet Bowl, Marigold
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Lorna Bailey Carnival & Circus Patterned Sifters, height 13cm(2)
Dec 09, 10:00 AM GMT
Lorna Bailey Carnival & Circus Patterned Sifters, height 13cm(2)
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £25- £50
£250 Bids
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Fenton Vintage Carnival Glass Bell
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Fenton Vintage Carnival Glass Bell
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Set 8 Carnival Glass Art Glass
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Set 8 Carnival Glass Art Glass
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
Carnival Glass Collection
Dec 10, 11:00 AM GMT
Carnival Glass Collection
by Cooper Barrington LLP
Est: £30- £40
£140 Bids
Carnival Glass Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Carnival Glass Stem Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Stem Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Green Carnival Glass Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Green Carnival Glass Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Carnival Glass Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Carnival Glass Dish
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids
White Carnival Glass Footed Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
White Carnival Glass Footed Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Carnival Glass Candy Dish
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Candy Dish
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
Carnival Glass Dish Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Dish Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Carnival Glass Tray
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Carnival Glass Tray
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $40- $400
$400 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Carnival Glass


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC

Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn