Diamond and Rib, Fenton   More
Diamond and Rib is a somewhat odd name for this pattern. The Rib part of the name is obvious, Diamond refers to the smooth, sort of diamond shaped areas separating the ovals of fine ribs. These ovals were, before the vases were swung, circles of fine ribs, as can be seen in the jardinieres below. In some examples the ovals are so elongated that the pattern is difficult to identify. Diamond and Rib vases can be found in two sizes, standard and funeral. There are actually three different molds for the standard size, with base diameters ranging from 3 to 3 1/2 inches. Two of the molds have three rings of ribbed ovals; one has four rings. Heights for all standard size Diamond and Ribs range from about 6 to about 13 inches. The funeral has a base diameter of 5 1/4 inches and a height range of 17 to more than 21 inches. At left in the left photo is a typical Diamond and Rib vase in marigold. Next to it is an oddly shaped example in purple that sold for $950 in 2000. Diamond and Rib vases have been reproduced. There are a couple of green spittoon shaped whimsies.

Fenton Vases--Variations on a Theme, Part One

Hartung Book 1: Diamond and Rib

Vases, standard size

Amethyst, 9, 15, 18, 20, 25, 35 (all 2013),
   25 (2014), 10, 15, 20, 30 (both 2015),
   20, 25 (both 2016), 10, 15, 30 (all 2017)

Amethyst, coke bottle shape, 155 (2016)

Amethyst, bottle neck, 275 (2015)

Amethyst, 6-6 1/2 inch, 38 (2006), 165 (2015),
   80 (2016)

Blue, 15, 20, 23 (all 2012), 20, 25, 30 (all 2013),
   20, 35, 40 (all 2013), 35 (2014), 10 (2016),
   40 (2017)

Green, 15, 20, 25, 30 (all 2013),
   5, 20 (both 2014), 20, 25 (both 2015),
   20, 25, 80 (all 2016), 20, 60 (both 2017)

Green, 6 inch, 75 (2012), 135 (2014), 40 (2016)

Green, 6 inch, pinched in, Engel auction,
   950 (2017)

Green, spectacular, 275 (2004)

Marigold, 5, 10, 15 (all 2013), 25 (2015),
   15, 20 (2016)

Marigold, 6 1/2 inch, pulled out flames,
   60 (2012), 40 (2015)

Teal, 20 (2013)

White, 20, 25, 45 (all 2011), 30, 75 (both 2012),
   65 (2016), 35 (2017)

White, 4 rows of ovals, 5 3/4 inch,
   100 (eBay 2004)
Vases, funeral

Amethyst, 700 (2012), 950, 1,750 (both 2013),
   800, 900 (both 2014), 600, 900 (both 2015),
   550 (2016), 215 (2017)

Blue, 4,500 (2001), 2,300 (2009), 1,500 (2011)

Blue, chip on flute, 1,400 (2016)

Green, 1,600 (2009), 1,450 (2010), 1,200 (2011),
   1,700 (2013), 1,550 (2014), 725 (2015),
   7,000 (2017)

Marigold, 2,400 (2009), 1,400, 1,700 (both 2011),
   1,350, 1,400 (both 2015), 3,250 (2017)

Marigold, ruffled top (rare), 1,050 (2016)
These are the Diamond an Rib jardinieres. Both of these shown have 5 1/4-inch bases--the same as the funeral vases. In fact, the funeral vases were swung from a piece much like that in the rear without the ruffling. The ruffled jardiniere sold for $15,000 in 2005. What was the purpose of these large, heavy jardinieres? The tall, swung funeral vases were obviously meant to display flowers. But what was the intended use of these unswung pieces? Read Ed Radcliff's fascinating discovery below.

This color insert was originally published in the August 1999 issue of the American Carnival Glass Association newsletter. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.

Hartung Book Five: Diamond and Rib Jardiniere


Jardiniere, 5 1/4 inch base

Amethyst, base crack, 1,550 (2001), 750 (2009), 800 (2012), 1,050 (2017)

Blue, 2 bursts in base, 4,200 (2013)

Green, 5,000 (2007), 3,100 (2010), 1,050 (2012), 5,200 (2013), 2,100 (2017)

Green, nick side of rib, 2,400 (2016)

Marigold, not ruffled, 3,200 (2006), 2,100 (2008), 2,100 (2010), 2,900 (2011), 1,200, 1,950 (both 2012),
   1,000 (2016)

Marigold, flared (shown above), 15,000 (2005)

This green 4 1/2-inch whimsey sold in 2007 for $2,000.
Photo courtesy of Wroda Auctions.

Updated 12/20/2017