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Dorothy Thorpe glass
above: Dorothy Thorpe
tumbler, sand-blasted
orchid design



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Dorothy Thorpe Glass: A short explanation

Dorothy Thorpe was an artist who had a decorating studio in the Los Angeles area, and in her heyday (probably 1930's and on into the 1950's) she purchased glass from various companies, decorated it, and sold it. Most of her pieces are signed. She also designed glassware and ceramics.

She used a trademark of a large printed T in the center with a smaller stylised D on one side, and the same image in reverse on the other side. This trademark is often etched onto the side of the piece, near the design. The picture below shows one of the paper labels she used.

Dorothy Thorpe glass label
above: Dorothy Thorpe label showing her trademark


Many of her pieces have sand-blasted or deeply etched designs, but she also worked with silver overlay. Her designs are found on Heisey glass pieces, Cambridge glass, and many others from that period.


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In the mid-1950's, as a guest designer invited to New Zealand, Dorothy Thorpe designed tableware for Crown Lynn Potteries, and there is a collection of her pieces in Auckland Museum.






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