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THE GILDED MAIDEN: A CZECH GLASS MYSTERY.

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Posted 2 years ago

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Alfredo
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Finding old gilded vases in any kind of decent condition is quite rare, for they tend to lose the gilding over the years. I was awed when I saw this one on E-Bay, for its image has been pursuing me for quite a while. Only 6" tall, in bottle green glass cut from the top, the vase by itself would be quite unremarkable. The enameling transforms it into a small Art Nouveau jewel.

I know I have seen it, or something very similar, in one or more of my reference books, but cannot find which one. It might be Czech (Goldberg?) or it might be French (Legras?), but I lean towards the first. The image itself--a maiden playing the tambourine-- is strongly suggestive of Tanagra figurines. A variation of it appears in a Walter Crane poster I own. It is quite possible the glass was a blank, acquired for decoration by a refinery.

Any help will be heartily appreciated. I will not rest until I have identified it.

Mystery Solved

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  1. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 2 years ago
    Alfredo, your taste is impeccable!! One beautiful piece after another, I must admit to the sin of coveting so many of the beautiful pieces you have in your collection!! I do not know where you learned about art, but some people are just born with an incredible eye, as Art is, of course, subjective, I must say that my "eye"certainly likes your"eye"!! Thank you for sharing this awesome collection, Mic
  2. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    My mother, my father, and a partner/lover who could find Japanese and French prints and Lalique necklaces in the farthest corners of flea markets. They are all gone. Now I do it for them--I use their eyes.
  3. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 2 years ago
    We learn from everyone we meet in the world, especially those closest to us. We are fortunate to have their collective knowledge in your knowledge!! Some people are simply gifted!! Sounds like your partner was. Thank you for sharing, Mich
  4. haidagirl haidagirl, 2 years ago
    I posted a page with some info re your maiden, don't know if you can find it and so I am leaving a link where you can find my note and a picture of "my maiden".
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/61343-the-gilded-maiden

  5. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    Well, thanks to haidagirl!!!!! Who would have thought it would turn out to be a Harrach? How ironic. I always have found Harrach "not to my taste", but I have learned there is an exception to every dislike!

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