Posted 2 years ago
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.