When searching for Mad Men Barware search for Dorothy Thorpe!


File this under things that I learned today. Dorothy C. Thorpe was a Californian mid-century artist who popularized the glassware with the silver band around the top of the glass. You know, Don Draper Style.

I had been previously been searching for “ombre”. Ombre, is technically “From a French term for “shaded,” ombre is a color effect where the color gradually changes from light to dark over the item of clothing.” These are ombre glasses:

They look awesome, but not exactly what I’m looking for.

Much of what Dorothy Thorpe made seems to be a tad bit hideous, but she surely defined an era!

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5 responses

  1. I’m so thrilled to see your post on the Dorothy Thorpe glassware.  My husband and I recently came across a ice bucket and 8 matching glasses in a caddy all with the silver band around the top at a local “junk” store in our neighborhood.   The set is in mint condition and has absolutely no markings on it. I’m wondering if it’s by Dorothy Thorpe. Hmmmmmm

    Great post and great blog! 

  2. Oh wow that’s amazing.  I’ve not seen a set like that, what with the bucket too.  If you don’t mind me asking, what did you pay for it?

  3. Hey there! The ombre style glasses are actually NOT Dorothy Thorpe. Thorpe created the dip rim which was then copied by other makers, some of which began making the ombre-style. Interestingly, Thorpe never made an ombre glass.

    Anyway, just thought I’d speak up so you don’t pay Thorpe prices for a non-Thorpe piece! The ombre is beautiful though, just the same.

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