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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.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Unmarked Pieces of Carnival Glass, Possibly Fenton
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Unmarked Pieces of Carnival Glass, Possibly Fenton
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$1309 Bids
(2) Pieces Carnival Glass: 9” Dugan Fanciful bowl in ice and 11” Fenton? Vase
Feb 21, 7:00 PM EST
(2) Pieces Carnival Glass: 9” Dugan Fanciful bowl in ice and 11” Fenton? Vase
by Roan Inc. Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $0- $0
$759 Bids
Amber and Marigold Carnival Glass Pieces
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Amber and Marigold Carnival Glass Pieces
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$1208 Bids
(5) Amethyst, Amber and Green Carnival Glass Pieces
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
(5) Amethyst, Amber and Green Carnival Glass Pieces
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$1108 Bids
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LOT OF MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
LOT OF MARIGOLD CARNIVAL GLASS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD456 Bids
Collection of Miscellaneous Glassware
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Collection of Miscellaneous Glassware
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
Group of 4 Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Vases
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 4 Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Vases
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$354 Bids
Vintage Glass Tumblers
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Glass Tumblers
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
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CARNIVAL GLASS COMPORT FILLED ART GLASS LOLLIES
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
CARNIVAL GLASS COMPORT FILLED ART GLASS LOLLIES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD554 Bids
(9) Pieces of Vintage Carnival Glassware
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
(9) Pieces of Vintage Carnival Glassware
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
(5) Vintage Carnival Glass Pieces, Probably Fenton
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
(5) Vintage Carnival Glass Pieces, Probably Fenton
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Group of 15+ Vintage Iris and Herringbone Marigold Carnival Glass Stemmed Glasses
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 15+ Vintage Iris and Herringbone Marigold Carnival Glass Stemmed Glasses
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$303 Bids
NORTHWOOD GRAPE AND CABLE IRRIDESCENT CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL
Feb 22, 7:00 PM CST
NORTHWOOD GRAPE AND CABLE IRRIDESCENT CARNIVAL GLASS BOWL
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
Group of 15+ Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dishes
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 15+ Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dishes
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$253 Bids
Group of 11 Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dishes
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 11 Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dishes
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$303 Bids
CARNIVAL NORTHWOOD TOWN PUMP VASE
Mar 04, 6:00 PM EST
CARNIVAL NORTHWOOD TOWN PUMP VASE
by Atlee Raber Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
(5) Vintage Pieces of Unmarked Carnival Glass, Possibly Fenton
Feb 21, 9:00 AM EST
(5) Vintage Pieces of Unmarked Carnival Glass, Possibly Fenton
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$503 Bids
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CARNIVAL GLASS HORS D'OEUVRES PLATE, LOT OF BLUE AND WHITE PLATES + 3 DECORATOR BLUE AND WHITE BALLS
Feb 22, 9:00 AM AEST
CARNIVAL GLASS HORS D'OEUVRES PLATE, LOT OF BLUE AND WHITE PLATES + 3 DECORATOR BLUE AND WHITE BALLS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
Group of 6 Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dishes
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 6 Vintage Marigold Carnival Glass Dishes
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$202 Bids
DUNGAN CARNIVAL GLASS BANANA BOWL WRETHERD CHERRY PATTERN
Feb 24, 11:00 AM CST
DUNGAN CARNIVAL GLASS BANANA BOWL WRETHERD CHERRY PATTERN
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $65- $95
$251 Bid
CARNIVAL GLASS BUTTER DISH VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
CARNIVAL GLASS BUTTER DISH VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
BLUE CARNIVAL GLASS HEN ON NEST VINTAGE ANTIQUE
Feb 26, 1:00 PM CST
BLUE CARNIVAL GLASS HEN ON NEST VINTAGE ANTIQUE
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
5.5" IMPERIAL CARNIVAL GLASS PITCHER
Feb 24, 11:00 AM EST
5.5" IMPERIAL CARNIVAL GLASS PITCHER
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Carnival Glass


Apple Tree Auction Center

Apple Tree Auction Center

Lakelands Auction Service

Lakelands Auction Service

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre