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Portland Vase Study by Lesley Pyke

Portland Vase Study by Lesley Pyke

Posted by Lesley Pyke on 2/23/2007
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To recreate the scene Cameo Engraved 2000 years ago has been my ambition for a long time. This is my first effort which I have enjoyed beyond words. I have hand engraved it(drill) on a large Tudor Crystal Challice.
I am now studying more about the many theories as to who these figures are...Fascinating! Does anyone know of any other hand engraved crystal copies?
If you are not familiar with the ancient original Portland Vase, it is worth reading about in an encyclopedia site.

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Portland vase Study view 1
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Portland vase Study view 2
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Portland vase Study view 3
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Portland Vase Study  view 5
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Portland Vase Study view 6
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice- by Lesley Pyke
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Portland Vase Study view 7
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Portland Vase view 8
Hand Engraved Tudor Crystal Chalice - by Lesley Pyke
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Portland Vase Study by Lesley Pyke
Tudor Crystal Chalice - Work In Progress
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Private Viewing of the Portland Vase.
The Chairman and MD of Nazeing Glass Works, Mr. Stephen Pollock-Hill and myself, at a private viewing of the Portland Vase, at the British Museum, London, for the purpose of studying this 2040 year old Masterpiece.
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Private Viewing of the Portland Vase

Private Viewing of the Portland Vase

The Chairman and MD of Nazeing Glass Works, Mr. Stephen Pollock-Hill and myself (Lesley Pyke), at a private viewing of the Portland Vase, at the British Museum, London, for the purpose of studying this 2040 year old Masterpiece. What do you think of the earliest example of blown glass? It is so expertly cameo engraved I could not see how they had managed achieve such small perfect detail. I was almost speechless!
Photograph published with the kind permission of the British Museum. April 2007.
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 Artist:   Lesley Pyke  ( ) Contact Artist 
Lesley Pyke
I am a professional glass engraver, in the business since 1983, after a myriad of fascinating commissions from a huge variety of customers, I am still challenged daily by my customers and when I have time I create my own pieces of art which I have permanently on exhibition for sale.

Please have a look at my website where I also have a selection of short videos of my engraving.

Lesley Pyke
Offices 15B Halesworth Business Centre
Norwich Rd,
Halesworth, Suffolk  IP198QJ UK
Phone: +441986874634
http://www.lesleypyke.com


Comments
  • Newbery Art Glass
    First Attempt?
    Newbery Art Glass: Impressive - Nice Job - keep up the good work
    2/23/2007 8:37 AM
  • Lesley Pyke
    Thank You
    Lesley Pyke: Thank you very much for the compliment Newbery Art Glass , Oh yes this has to be studied and practiced, this is intaglio engraving on clear, eventually I will complete a cameo engraving. I find the clear more effective as you can see all of them eyeing each other out as never before!
    2/23/2007 9:47 AM
  • JDC Roman
    Excellent Engraving
    JDC Roman: More power to you. Nice work.
    2/23/2007 10:54 AM
  • Ben Burton
    Cheers!!!
    Ben Burton: Beautiful work!!!
    2/23/2007 6:34 PM
  • Lesley Pyke
    Great Site
    Lesley Pyke: Here's to a fantastic site, delighted to be able to share this with you all. Thanks everyone!
    2/24/2007 0:25 AM
  • BE Glass
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    BE Glass: excellent work. I was recently able to view the real thing in England at the royal history museum. You do it justice.
    2/24/2007 11:24 AM
  • Lesley Pyke
    wow, ta!
    Lesley Pyke: That is a very flattering comment, Boroburner. The name of the museum is the "British Museum", I have not seen it in real life as yet and look forward to the opportunity soon.
    2/25/2007 3:00 AM
  • Peter Cummings
    good luck, a real challenge.
    Peter Cummings: I'm sure you're up to it from the pic's I've seen and the preparation. I saw a picture of a clear crystal copy of the portland vase but I can't remember where. It was the one carved by John Northwood and it was really beautiful.I spotted aninteresting article on the making of roman cameo glass recently. It will surprise a few people. Have a peek.I googled cameo glass, second page.'Recent investigations of early roman cameo glass' Can't post the link.
    All the best, Peter.
    2/28/2007 3:12 AM
  • Lesley Pyke
    Very Interesting
    Lesley Pyke: Thanks for those details Peter, I had not heard of John Northwood. I have so much to learn about this story. Planning to see the vase next week when I am in London, but have been told it may not be on show.
    2/28/2007 6:41 AM
  • Vedran And Jaca
    Excellent
    Vedran And Jaca: well everyone has allready said everything... it really is beautiful, it really shows that you're a professional glass engraver, and I wish you all the best in your future!
    I'm doing something similiar (not a professional - just a hobby :) for three years now) - so take a peek!

    Keep up the good work!
    4/16/2007 3:34 AM

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