Posted 4 years ago
This beaker is a mystery to me. It has a chip to one of the elements of the foot. When I first saw it the dealer had placed a very wrong lid on it that made it look silly. He had a hefty price tag on it too. I told him to take off the lid but he refused to take my advice. I gave up on the idea of buying it but regretted it later. And then to my amazement it turned up at a market a few months later in the hands of another dealer who had bought it as part of a "job lot". He wanted $15 for it so I handed over the cash.
When I got it home I had a look at what I had thought might be "schwarzlot", black enamel decoration. Instead I noted that it had been decorated in silver on each of the panels. The silver has tarnished and become black.
The flashed pink has been cut back to reveal six panels of alabaster glass below. The rocaille design of birds (cuckoos ?) is in silver relief rather than gold. The rim and the feet are cut and enamelled in silver as well. It has a very nice 12 star cut foot.
The beaker fascinates me because I recognize similarities in it to the pair of Loetz Dagobert Peche vases that I put on Show & Tell three days ago.
Those vases have no foot. But the panels on them are the inverse of the Biedermeier beaker above. The design in black enamel is placed on an alabaster surface and contrasts with the purple/pink flash. Peche's design is restrained compared to the elaborate scroll work on this beaker.
Even the colours are vaguely similar. The Nature theme is there in both cases.
I'd like to know more about this type of Biedermeier glass and ask for any comments you might have.