Posted 5 years ago
I love this piece, but I'm not at all sure who made it, save that I'd guess it's Bohemian. It does not look quite like anything else I have seen so far - but as you all know, I've not seen a lot!
It is a very thin layer of amethyst glass, cased in a thicker clear layer to which the oilspot decoration has been added. The oil spot colours are beautiful, almost pastel bluey, greeny, yellow with a soft but strong iridescence over all.
The mount is quite nicely cast and the "tie" is a hoop fastening rather than a simple twist. The metal was gilded, like ormolu, but that has mostly worn off. Plenty of subtle age-related wear to the base.
I think that the closest thing I have seen is a bowl described as multi-coloured oil spot on www.kralik-glass.com, but the site states that all known examples of that decor have an opalescent interior. This does not. The colours look a little like some of the Kralik or Rindskopf corrugated pieces, so far as I can tell, but it's far from a match.
So - help please! I'm sure I must have missed something obvious ...
And for those interested - the background clematis is a florida sieboldii. That at least I do know!