Posted 3 years ago
When I saw the photos of this vase from a provincial English auction house, my first thought was - Fritz Heckert. Now, I've not handled a piece, but based on photographs the similarities in the enamelling seemed strong, even down to the style and execution of the face. It's probably my middle-aged perspective, but I always feel the Heckert female faces look more determined and mature than young and ethereal, and this lady certainly fits that bill!
Now I have it in hand, I'm not so sure, and I'd love your views.
My doubts are not to do with the enamelling, which is beautiful quality - note the dress, which is in raised orange enamel in 2 shades, with infil gilding. Then there's the spider, and the roses , and - well you get it!
My doubts are about the base glass. This is clear class, with optic ribs, and with a delicate soap bubble rainbow iridescence applied to the glass before the enamel. I know that Heckert did make this type of glass, but all the photos I have seen of Heckert enamel pieces of this style are on glass that, for want of a better description, looks like a variant of Loetz Olympia.
The piece is 13 inches or 33 cm tall, with no markings that I can discern anywhere. It is mould blown and cut from the top, which is then gilded - no pontil mark.
So - any thoughts? If she's not Heckert, where might she have come from? I've listed her as Bohemian for now (despite being possibly German!), but I'd love some suggestions ...