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|(above left:) Fenton Folk Art Rooster Box, #4680 NA, YOP: 1996. This
Rooster Box from 1996 was the first Fenton Rooster Box to have been
painted in Fenton's Folk Art Animals motif, in 1996 with a coordinating 5" Hen
on Nest created as a companion piece.
|Stacy Williams' Bleu Chateau design is similar to Kim Barley's mould & both
are considered French Country. Subtle but visible differences between the
two designs include-the Bleu Chateau motif which features a beautiful
design centered on each side painted with shades of blue and yellow on
Ivory satin glass, but with less blue on this tail than the Blue Toile design
The Blue Toile design features blue on ivory with fine, curled trailers
accenting small floral bunches, over most of the rooster, with no yellow to
the color palette, and with more blue on the rooster's head and his tail.
The Bleu Chateau motif features a beautiful design using blue and yellow
on Ivory satin but with less blue on the rooster's tail than the Blue Toile
design has. The Bleu Chateau design also has painted fringe accenting the
cowl, with more unpainted ivory left showing on the face.
NOTE: The 4.5" rooster box mould purchased at L.G. Wright's going out of
business sale was immediately popular with Fenton collectors. To date this
rooster box mould was only produced in-line by Fenton as factory
decorated wares with painted designs.
|(below) Fenton 8-1/2" Standing Rooster, ware 5257 FV, YOP: 1998.
This ivory rooster has been decorated with the 1998 Folk Art Animals
motif, designed by Robin Spindler to feature soft country shades of
rose, rust, sage painted on the ivory glass rooster.
|(below) Fenton Rooster Box, #6483 DD, YOP: 2005. This
4 1/2" Fenton Rooster Box features an Ivory Satin rooster
top decorated with Stacy Williams' beautiful Bleu Chateau
motif on a Cobalt Satin base.
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|In later years the Spring release of Fenton's Folk Art Animals Collection became quite popular,
and within a few years Fenton's Folk Art Animals Collection began to include more than a
decorated #4680 Rooster Box and hen on nest in the collection as other pieces, such as their 3
sizes of Standing Roosters, Bunny Boxes, and for a brief time the smaller, #6483 Rooster Box,
were all decorated with that year's Fenton Folk Art Animals Theme. For many years Fenton's
Folk Art animal, & other decorative themes for animals were created by Stacy Williams, Robin
Spindler, Martha Reynolds & Kim Barley. From hand-painted and airbrushed art on an Ivory
base, some with hand rubbed guilding (gold) as the finish, to beautiful, delicate designs on
large Roosters in Burmese, there's no doubt, Fenton's Folk Art Collection &
|This site was designed, created and is hosted for all sharing an interest in collecting-or
selling brand name Fenton Art Glass, and especially their Hens, Roosters, and other art
glass poultry, proudly produced in the USA, from the early 1950's until the company closed
To the delight of collectors, Fenton's significant roster of hen on nest dishes and Chicken
Servers, along with both sizes of Rooster Boxes, the 3 Standing Roosters and Shelf
Sitter/Curly Q Roosters, and the somewhat elusive Fenton Turkey Boxes were all made in
the USA and continue to be highly sought after in new and secondary online Market Venues.
When some very notable changes in corporate policies began to be implemented which
essentially changed Fenton's 105 year platform of producing top quality American Art Glass
wares domestically, here in the USA. Almost seeming to be a last ditch attempt at saving
the company some Fenton wares began to be manufactured overseas, which some firmly
believed was necessary if the company were to stay in business. Others just as firmly
believed that move was the final nail in the proverbial coffin of the once proud Fenton Art
Glass Company and its made in the USA wares.
For over a century, in the world of domestic Art Glass the Fenton brand name was
synonymous with quality glass made in the USA. However, as of 2007 that was no longer
the case with all Fenton Art Glass wares. Fenton hen and rooster enthusiasts were happy
to learn that despite the massive restructuring of the Fenton Art Glass Company in 2007
resulting in the out-sourcing of production of some wares to other countries. However,
Fenton's Hens, Roosters and Turkey Boxes continued to be made in the USA, until the
company ceased production of all wares. An exception to this is the Fenton glass rooster
Christmas ornament, which is not made in the USA, as many Holiday Ornaments of quality
are. As of 2012, Fenton's Hen on Nest dishes, Rooster Boxes, and their standing and "Shelf
Sitter" roosters were produced by Fenton in the USA, with new logos added to Fenton's
roster of logos indicating what each of the various logos represented.
2012 saw the last of Fenton's newly produced in-line hens on nest dishes, rooster boxes,
other roosters, chickens, and turkey boxes, when after fighting to keep the company
going, the furnaces of Fenton Art Glass were forced to shut down and cool
permanently-after more than 100 years of producing glass of highest quality-made in the
|Fenton Hen And Rooster is a site comprised of several sections, each of which addresses a
wide range of topics, relative to enjoying the art of collecting brand Fenton Art Glass hens,
roosters & more, via the many venues currently available on the Internet. The site's
Introduction to Online Fenton hen and Rooster Collecting has helpful tips and information
about why Buyers should beware-which the following section about the Features and
Characteristics of Fenton's hen on nest forms takes a few steps further. Additional tips,
notes and information about why Buyers should Beware when buying Fenton from photos and
written descriptions, such as those found on eBay, can also be found throughout the site.
Individual Sections are included about each Fenton Hen on Nest and Rooster moulds, including
their Chicken Servers & Hen Egg Plates, the 8" hen on the smooth and later scalloped rim
nests, the 5" hen on nest, both sizes of Rooster Boxes, the three sizes of Standing Roosters,
"Shelf Sitter" Roosters, Mini Hens, Turkey Boxes, & special ordered Art Glass poultry produced
by Fenton, such as the Rosalene pieces, marked with HCA and made in Limited Editions, per
special order by the Heisey Collector's Association, to be made using the Heisey moulds.
|To begin learning more about Fenton Hens, Roosters, and other poultry, and buying from
online sources click on the underlined links or the Navigation Bar at the top of this page to
open the other pages. Information about Navigating the Site, what to expect from this site,
which topics are covered-and why are listed on the Index and Table of Contents page, a link to
which can be found at the top and bottom of this page. For ease in navigating the site, we've
included detailed information about the topics contained in each Section in the Index and
Table of Contents. A small Index containing the basic contents of each page is also
conveniently located on the upper left side of each Section.
|PC displays & monitors do not always show colors as they actually appear in person, which can
make determining which Fenton colors are which, especially from online photos, difficult at
best. Learning to recognize Fenton's colors and their assortment of treatments used on their
glass, including their hens and roosters, is helpful to determine the color of the item, to avoid
duplicate purchases, or the purchase of a hen or rooster listed as Burmese, when it is not.
Welcome Fenton Hen & Rooster Enthusiasts
and all with an interest in Fenton Art Glass!
|All too often a Seller unfamiliar with Fenton's colors and glass treatments tend to describe
Fenton's colors in their own words, or call painted works "Burmese Glass," which can be
misleading and problematic, to say the least.
One seller's "green" may be another seller's "blue," especially when using computer displays
which can and do vary in how they show colors. Frequently sellers describe Fenton's
painted hens and roosters as Burmese, when they are white satin that's been hand painted.
As of January 2013, with Fenton no longer producing glass, there has never been a Burmese
hen on nest of any mould produced in-line by Fenton. Burmese is often mistakenly used to
describe painted hens and roosters, however since Fenton leaves the underside of their
wares, and the interiors of their Hen on Nest and Rooster Box moulds unpainted, the
original color is visible for the seller, and should also be for potential buyers, via quality
|To help solve the color issue, a Section on Color with Photo Galleries, has been included as the
perfect companion for the Sections about the specific hens, roosters and other poultry forms
produced by Fenton. These Galleries feature the various Fenton colors, glass types, and the
decorative designs of Fenton's poultry forms which are known to have been produced with
notes about the colors and treatments.
|Dear Fellow Fenton Enthusiasts,
The growth of this site, and the many photos used throughout each Section, has required repeated
uploading again section, by section. Although time consuming, this tedious process is nearly complete, with
links up and running again.
A new site wide Search Engine will be uploaded last. We believe it is important to re-upload what is ready
now, even if some sections, and the entire collective site isn't yet completely uploaded. We've elected to
do this because we believe the site is beneficial to our fellow collectors with more and more Sellers on
secondary market venues using the brand name "Fenton" in a more generic manner, as a term that they seem
is applicable to all hen on nest dishes-even some made of pottery.
Enjoy your visit, and click back with us again soon as more continues to be added. Feel free to contact us if
there's a topic you'd like to see covered. We hope you enjoy your visit and will check back again as more
information and photos are added. Happy hunting!
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|(above right:) Fenton Folk Art Hen on Nest, #5186 NH, YOP: 1996. 5"
Hen on Nest painted in the 1996 Folk Art motif, as a companion to the
Rooster Box of that same year. Like the rooster box this hen on nest is
hand-Painted and airbrushed on an Ivory base with hand rubbed guilding
(gold) the finish.
|Today, Fenton remains highly collectible on many secondary
online market venues, including eBay, & to a certain extent,
because of that
BUYERS must BEWARE!