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Gay Fad Studios

Gaite “Intermezzo” tumbler

This beautiful tumbler with the stunning black and gold musical design and soft pink interior is Gay Fad’s Intermezzo, one of the designs in the Gaite line of glassware introduced by Gay Fad via an ad in the November, 1954, issue of Crockery & Glass Journal. The ad copy reads: “The French have a word for gay doings. . Gaite. .and we have a new line of glassware that the word just fits. Gaite – our vivacious sophisticates – modern glassware with the zing and swing of design that modern homemakers love. Exciting, high-fashion colors flash with 22-caret gold, gleam with ebony contrasts. For the sparkling new look, stock imaginative new Gaite Originals. . .done with verve for top sales appeal.”

Our tumbler stands 5-1/2" tall with diameters of 2-3/4" at its rim and 2-1/4" at its thick clear glass base. Ebony and gold design is of a  highly stylized grand piano lid and piano keyboard surrounded by numerous stylized gold musical notes, all on a pink background that is actually painted on the interior of the glass. Note that this tumbler is signed “gaite.” Many of Gay Fad’s Gaite designs carry the Gaite signature, always with a caret over the i and an accent over the e. This is the only instance we’ve found of Gay Fad pieces being signed with anything other than the regular Gay Fad signature. However, some Gaite designs do carry the Gay Fad signature and others are not signed at all. Volume 2 of our books devotes an entire chapter to Gay Fad’s Gaite line and includes photos of all eight known Gaite designs.

Gaite glassware is extremely rare today and almost impossible to find. Our tumbler is in perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or paint loss. Requires hand washing to preserve the paint. As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad 24K gold “Woodland” bent glass plate

This is a positively stunning triangular bent glass plate in Gay Fad’s 24 karet gold Woodland design introduced in 1956. In her interviews with former Gay Fad employees, Donna McGrady learned that each piece of glass was painted before being bent, so a special kind of paint had to be used that would not crack during the bending process. The bottom and upswept exterior sides of this plate are pebble textured while the interior gold painting is on a non-textured surface. The Woodland design is an intricate series of overlapping leaves and branches, with acorns scattered around the edges and the Gay Fad signature at lower right. This plate is an equilateral triangle that measures approximately 8-3/8" on each side and is 1" deep. It has obviously been extremely well taken care of over the decades because it has no nicks, chips, cracks, or gold loss and the gold still glows after more than 50 years! And we know it’s 24K because Gay Fad’s Woodland ad in the October, 1956 Gift and Art Buyer says so! Requires very gentle handling and cleaning to keep it in its gorgeous pristine condition. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $45.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Gay Fad 24K gold “Woodland” bent glass platter

This dazzling 24 karet gold Gay Fad Woodland bent glass serving platter is the large square version of our triangular Woodland plate listed immediately above. Once again the bottom and upswept exterior sides are pebble textured and the intricate 24 karet gold design of trees, branches, leaves, and acorns is painted on the interior non-textured surface. Platter stands 1-5/8" tall and measures 11-5/8" across at the corners of its slightly concave square rim, tapering to a 5-1/2" square base. Absolutely perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of gold. I doubt it has ever been used for anything other than display. It positively gleams! Requires very gentle handling and cleaning to keep it in its gorgeous pristine condition. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $75.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Gay Fad “Vintage” martini pitcher

This huge (10-1/2" tall) clear glass martini pitcher is a wonderful example of Gay Fad’s beautiful “Vintage” design that features gold and white Greek figures and symbols on turquoise panels. This one’s center panel features a barefoot Greek lady with her large basket of grapes and the top and bottom panels depict mythological Greek animals. Gold and white grape clusters border the panel trilogy at top right and bottom left. “Vintage” was one of Gay Fad’s later designs. The only place I’ve seen it shown is in a Gay Fad ad from the August, 1956 edition of Gift and Art Buyer that pictures a set of two Vintage decanters, one with a female figure and the other with a male figure, in a brass tantalus, a lockable frame. The ad says Vintage comes in turquoise and gold, but I have seen a variation of this same design in pink and gold. Our martini pitcher stands 10-1/2" tall with diameters of 3" at its pour-spout rim and 2-7/8" at its unmarked base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or paint loss. Requires hand washing to keep it that way! As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $45.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad “Gay Nineties” cocktail pitcher

This frosted cocktail pitcher is one of Gay Fad’s “Here’s To” series from the “Gay Nineties” line of glassware. The front depicts a hand-painted full-color Victorian couple all dressed up for party-going and says “Ours” above them. (Makes me wonder if this pitcher wasn’t originally part of a Gay Fad “Cocktails for Two” set with two glasses that said “You” and “Me” respectively.) The back contains not just one, but three “Here’s To” rhymes:

“Here’s to us! So fine, so fair, Just we two – A charming pair!”
“To you and me, In quiet bliss, Let’s have a drink, And settle this.”
“Here’s to us! Scotch or Rye? You’d be like me, If you’d just try!”

Pitcher stands 6" tall with diameters of 3-1/4" at its pour-spout rim and 2-1/2" at its unmarked base. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or paint loss. Requires hand washing to preserve the paint and the finish. As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Gay Fad Bluebird glass

This beautiful Gay Fad Bluebird glass stands 5-1/2" tall with diameters of 2-3/4" at its rim and 2-1/4" at its base. The hand-painted deep blue bluebird with pink breast and yellow feet sits on a black tree branch amid flowers and leaves, with “Bluebird” underneath. Very vivid colors and painting technique is similar to that of the International Ballet glasses listed above, so this undoubtedly is another outstanding example of Gay Fad’s early work. Glass is completely frosted inside and out with Gay Fad’s signature satiny smooth frosting. Carries the Hazel Atlas mark on the bottom. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, or color loss. Requires hand washing to keep it that way! As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

** SOLD **

 

Gay Fad Goldfinch glass

This beautiful Gay Fad Goldfinch glass stands 5-1/2" tall with diameters of 2-3/4" at its rim and 2-1/4" at its base. The hand-painted deep yellow, black, and white goldfinch with yellow feet sits on a black tree branch amid flowers and leaves, with “Goldfinch” underneath. Very vivid colors and painting technique is similar to that of the International Ballet glasses listed above, so this undoubtedly is another outstanding example of Gay Fad’s early work. Glass is completely frosted inside and out with Gay Fad’s signature satiny smooth frosting. Carries the Hazel Atlas mark on the bottom. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, scratches, or color loss. Requires hand washing to keep it that way! As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

** SOLD **

 

Gay Fad 1903 Rambler tumbler

This is Gay Fad’s gorgeous 1903 Rambler tumbler done in copious amounts of gold with black outlines, detailing, and the Rambler logo and model year, all on a clear glass tumbler with white interior. This glass was originally one of Gay Fad’s set of eight “Old Cars,” also called “Old Autos” and “Old Timers,” introduced in 1954. The set also came in red and black on frosted or white, as well as “vibrant colors” and black on white. In addition to the 1903 Rambler, the set included a 1900 Packard, a 1903 Cadillac (listed immediately below), a 1904 Oldsmobile, a 1910 Ford, a 1911 Buick, a 1912 Chevrolet (listed two below), and a 1914 Dodge (listed three below). This beautiful glass stands 5-1/4" tall with diameters of 3" at its rim and 2" at its thick clear glass base which is unmarked. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of gold. Requires hand washing to preserve the gold paint and the interior white finish. As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad 1903 Cadillac tumbler

This is Gay Fad’s gorgeous 1903 Cadillac tumbler done in copious amounts of gold with black outlines, detailing, and the Cadillac logo and model year, all on a clear glass tumbler with white interior. This glass was originally one of Gay Fad’s set of eight “Old Cars,” also called “Old Autos” and “Old Timers,” introduced in 1954. The set also came in red and black on frosted or white, as well as “vibrant colors” and black on white. In addition to the 1903 Cadillac, the set included a 1900 Packard, a 1903 Rambler (listed immediately above), a 1904 Oldsmobile, a 1910 Ford, a 1911 Buick, a 1912 Chevrolet (listed immediately below), and a 1914 Dodge (listed two below). This beautiful glass stands 5-1/4" tall with diameters of 3" at its rim and 2" at its thick clear glass base which is unmarked. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of gold. Requires hand washing to preserve the gold paint and the interior white finish. As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad 1912 Chevrolet tumbler

This is Gay Fad’s gorgeous 1912 Chevrolet tumbler done in copious amounts of gold with black outlines, detailing, and the Chevrolet logo and model year, all on a clear glass tumbler with white interior. This glass was originally one of Gay Fad’s set of eight “Old Cars,” also called “Old Autos” and “Old Timers,” introduced in 1954. The set also came in red and black on frosted or white, as well as “vibrant colors” and black on white. In addition to the 1912 Chevrolet, the set included a 1900 Packard, a 1903 Rambler (listed two above), a 1903 Cadillac (listed immediately above), a 1904 Oldsmobile, a 1910 Ford, a 1911 Buick, and a 1914 Dodge (listed immediately below). This beautiful glass stands 5-1/4" tall with diameters of 3" at its rim and 2" at its thick clear glass base which is unmarked. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of gold. Requires hand washing to preserve the gold paint and the interior white finish. As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad 1914 Dodge tumbler

This is Gay Fad’s gorgeous 1914 Dodge tumbler done in copious amounts of gold with black outlines, detailing, and the Dodge logo and model year, all on a clear glass tumbler with white interior. This glass was originally one of Gay Fad’s set of eight “Old Cars,” also called “Old Autos” and “Old Timers,” introduced in 1954. The set also came in red and black on frosted or white, as well as “vibrant colors” and black on white. In addition to the 1914 Dodge the set included a 1900 Packard, a 1903 Rambler (listed three above), a 1903 Cadillac (listed two above), a 1904 Oldsmobile, a 1910 Ford, a 1911 Buick, and a 1912 Chevrolet (listed immediately above). This beautiful glass stands 5-1/4" tall with diameters of 3" at its rim and 2" at its thick clear glass base which is unmarked. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of gold. Requires hand washing to preserve the gold paint and the interior white finish. As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad “Bender” bent stem cocktail glass

This whimsical bent stem cocktail glass with white interior says “Souvenir of My Bender” in tipsy black letters on one side and is decorated on the other side in Gay Fad’s “Lahocla” design that features cartoon Indians outlined in black with red and green accents. Glass stands 4-1/4" tall on its “high” side, just over 3" tall on its “low” side, and is 2-3/4" in diameter at its rim. Bottom third of glass is composed of ever smaller concentric circles. Thick clear glass bent stem is segmented and 2-1/4" clear glass pedestal base is unmarked. Perfect condition with no nicks, chips, cracks, or loss of color. Requires hand washing to preserve the gold paint and the interior white finish. What a fun addition to your bar! As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Gay Fad “Golden Eagle” decanter

This is a signed Gay Fad “Golden Eagle” decanter, a design introduced via a Gay Fad ad in the February, 1957 issue of Gift and Art Buyer. The ad copy reads: “Golden Eagle in all its splendor spreads its wings to decorate Gay Fad’s new barware for the discriminating customer who is seeking something to please while style trends come and go. This classic theme is interpreted in satin white with shiny and embossed 24K gold.” Classic indeed! This is America’s national bird in all his gold-on-gold glory surrounded by numerous gold stars. (The satin white refers to the vertical stripes on the coordinating tumblers and double shot glasses.) Decanter measures 3-1/8" x 3-1/8" and stands 7-1/4" tall, rising to 9-1/4" when stoppered with its large trapezoidal stopper containing a large gold script “W”. The Gay Fad signature appears on both the front and back. Mottled gold encircles the neck and spout. Excellent condition with no chips, nicks, or cracks, and only slight wear to a few of the stars. Cork is dry and cracked and needs to be replaced, not surprising considering that it’s nearly 60 years old! As an added bonus, we will include the page from Gay Fad: Fran Taylor’s Extraordinary Legacy where this design is shown. This decanter requires hand washing. Putting it in the dishwasher will ruin the gold paint. Be sure to see our set of 8 Golden Eagle tumblers and set of 8 Golden Eagle double shot glasses, too! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

“American Eagle” lidded candy bowl

This beautiful lidded candy bowl is a recently discovered signed Gay Fad design that doesn’t appear in any of our Gay Fad catalogs or ads, so I’m calling it “American Eagle.” Four large gold squares, each featuring a gold-on-gold stylized eagle with white accents and white stars, wrap around the top of the bowl, interspersed with four circles of stars. A second set of four smaller gold rectangles, each featuring a smaller version of the eagle and stars graphic, wraps around the bowl’s midsection, interspersed with four smaller circles of stars. The lid features two wide gold bands, each containing five stylized eagles, with five gold stars above and six below. This design is similar to Gay Fad’s “Golden Eagle” design that was introduced in 1957 and it’s likely that both designs were produced at about the same time. Bowl is 5" tall, rising to 6-3/4" when lidded, with diameters of 5-3/8" at its mouth and 2-3/8" at its heavy weighted base. Superb vintage condition with no nicks, chips, or cracks and only the slightest of wear to the lid’s gold bands. Require hand washing. Putting either piece in the dishwasher will ruin the gold paint! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

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