|Glass Colors & Types
|Burmese one of the most misused terms used to describe colors seen in online Fenton hen and rooster listings-especially on eBay! Often painted
Fenton hens and roosters are titled and described as Burmese, when that is not the case!
Burmese is a type of glass, with a custard base accented with varying shades of deep rose to light pink blush, which is desired in
Fenton's Burmese. This blush is brought out due to gold in the glass mix and is a not painted decoration!
The photos below depict an unpainted Burmese rooster box, and one that is painted in the Folk Art design of 1998. Studying the differences
between the two will help collectors recognize which are Burmese and which are painted, in this case on ivory glass. The first major clue in
determining which is which is the color of the inside of the rooster top and base, which are left unpainted. The real Burmese rooster is shows the
Burmese coloring of that type of glass inside and out.
|BUYERS BEWARE! Often painted hen on nest and rooster boxes are
listed as Burmese, when in fact these items are usually made of
white satin glass that's decorated with hand painted and airbrushed
designs. The interiors of the rooster top and its base are left
unpainted, showing the original color.
Since Fenton's Burmese glass contains gold in the glass mix, which
when reheated by Fenton's glass artisans is what brings the
gorgeous blush, Burmese is known for, out in contrast against the
custard base color of Burmese.
NOTE: As of January, 2010, there has never been a Burmese Hen on
Nest produced by Fenton, although there have been many colors and
painted designs used to decorate Fenton's hen on nest dishes.
To date, Fenton's only inline Burmese Rooster Boxes and 8.5"
standing Roosters made by Fenton are decorated with the Coral Bells
design and are marked with a logo indicating that Rooster Box was
made after 1999. A 5" standing rooster in Burmese was made for
QVC by Fenton, decorated with a painted floral design.
|Fenton's glass colors, and the painted designs used to enhance their art
glass poultry, are beautiful, to say the least.
Although some Fenton enthusiasts notice the slight differences of
Fenton's various colors feature, other collectors, who may be new to
Fenton collecting, may not see these differences and frequently rely
solely on the Seller's description of the item and its color. Some Fenton
"colors" and/or glass types and treatments cost more to produce, such
as Burmese, which is made with gold in the mix. Burmese Glass is often
used to describe the "color" of Fenton's painted hen on nest and
Rooster boxes when they are actually painted over a type of glass that
is not as expensive as Burmese to produce. This page is designed to
help collectors determine which color is which.
Without a ware number and a color code included in an online listing,
some Fenton colors can be difficult to determine from eBay and other
Internet photos and descriptions. Some sellers who aren't familiar with
Fenton, and their variety of glass treatments and types may mistakenly
neglect to mention a Fenton glass color characteristic that may be key
to avoiding a duplicate purchase.
|The photos to the left provide an excellent example of the visible differences between the painted rooster box
on the right, and the unpainted Burmese Rooster Box on the left. Study the interiors of the bases of these two
rooster boxes. The marbled pink and custard Rooster Box top and base shown on the left are clearly different
from the interiors of the painted rooster box, shown to the right in the photo, and its interior which shows its
original white color, prior to its paint job being applied.
|The #4680 Rooster Boxes shown in the photo below, depict an unpainted Burmese Rooster Box on the left,
with a painted #4680 Rooster Box on the right. Although at first glance these Rooster Boxes appear similar, the
Fenton Rooster Box shown on the right, ware # 4680 FK, is made of ivory glass that's been painted in the Brown
and Rose hues of the natural look used for the 1998 Fenton Folk Art Animals. A quick study of the interior of the
rooster top and his base reveal they have been left unpainted, showing the original color of the rooster top and
base, in this case ivory. The Burmese rooster top and base are the same inside and out.
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