|A Rare Find by Rob Martin and Jim Goodman|
Fenton's Heavy Pineapple
In July of 2005, we were on a Carnival Glass search in Eastern Kansas. At a stop in my favorite Jay Hawk town of Lawrence, we noticed a large marigold bowl with what I thought was some kind of Thistle or Pineapple pattern that had a price tag of $325.00. Thinking that the price was too much for either pattern, I turned it down. A year and a half later while browsing David Doty’s new book, I noticed a rare pattern entitled Heavy Pineapple made by Fenton. A marigold example had been sold in 2000 for $2800.00. I immediately called the Mall to inquire if the bowl was still there. Low and behold the piece was still in the display case. The female clerk described the bowl as having “a cable like trunk and strange looking berries”. I asked if the bowl was in good condition and what the price was on the bowl. No chips or cracks were noticed and the price had been reduced. Needless to say the bowl was shipped to our home in Oklahoma. Now, we are the proud owners of a very rare piece of Carnival Glass.
The bowl measures 10 ½ inches across, 4 ½ inches high and stands on 3 large scroll like ball feet similar to Fenton’s Stag and Holly. With this Mall in such close proximity to Kansas City and Topeka and all the Carnival Club members living in that area, why no one had picked up this rare find is beyond both of us.
In 1938, Fenton issued a Satinized Crystal line in various shapes and sizes in Ruby, Rose and Crystal. I cannot find any information as to the issued date of the few pieces of Carnival. Only the large footed bowls were made in Carnival Glass with only about a dozen pieces of each color known. Colors are Cobalt Blue, White, Amber and Marigold.
The Pineapples, thick trunk-like vines, and leaf fans is distinctive and unusual and, is on only the exterior. Marion Hartung’s 9th book of Carnival Glass has an excellent drawing of the pattern. She states “after many years of examining pressed glass patterns, both in and out of Carnival Glass, we are well aware that realism as such was not a necessary ingredient used by designers. On this particular pattern, for example, the large heavily raised pineapples seem to be growing on trees.”
Both Jim and I have learned in our ten years of collecting Carnival Glass that our addiction to the hobby is only “inflamed” when such a “rare find” is found. To our Friends in the Air Capital Carnival Glass Club – Happy hunting; you also may encounter “The Rare Find” when you most least expect it.
Heavy Pineapple - Crystal Satin