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    Posted 6 years ago

    Michelleb007
    (221 items)

    This large opaline glass vase was made by the Compagnie des Verreries et Cristalleries de Baccarat, in the Japonisme style that was very popular in Europe from about 1870-1900. The vase dates to c.1880, measures 12” tall, and is in excellent condition with slight wear to the silver of the moon; it is unsigned, as many Baccarat pieces were. In the course of researching this vase, I have found several signed Baccarat examples in the same shape as this vase, and also several signed vases in different forms, but in the same décor. A pair of these Baccarat vases can also be seen at the Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG), which also includes a good explanation of the origins of ‘Japonisme’ in Europe: http://www.cmog.org/artwork/2-vases-japonisme-scenes

    The museum listing also states: “The well-established French glass manufacturer Baccarat referenced Japanese woodblock prints in their glass designs, many of which were displayed at the Paris International Expositions in 1867 and 1878. Baccarat was one of the first French glass companies to produce glass in the Japoniste style.”

    I found this vase, unidentified, early in the summer, and have spent the last several months on and off researching who could have made it. I have to say that it was not that easy! I came across other examples of vases in the same form and décor as mine (but in varying color schemes) but found all sorts of conflicting attributions, most notably to Mt. Washington and the Smith Bros. I even found one that was attributed as turn of the century Japanese! It was not very common to come across one attributed to Baccarat, and I was so intrigued by who could have actually made my vase. The vase was in what I thought of as the ‘Aesthetic’ style (I later read that Japonisme was a subset of influence within the Aesthetic Movement), and thus searched for glass vases under that term, as well as by possible makers. After finally collecting enough information and images, and seeing enough signed similar examples, I was convinced that my vase was indeed by Baccarat. And then, a few nights ago, I came across the CMOG listing – it was so nice to see it confirmed there. I love solving glass mysteries, and this was a particularly fun one for me. I hope you enjoy the vase.

    (Just as a note – the Smith Bros. did make some vases in a similar décor. I have seen signed examples, but they are small vases, typically intended for the use in metal mounts. Also, the birds are depicted in a different manner, especially their tails. If anyone is interested, let me know and I would be happy to point out the differences I have identified between the vases by the two makers.)

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    Comments

    1. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      Love this , I'm a sucker for bird vases ... .
      I posted a similar one on here some time ago and thought it was made by Harrach,
      I would be interested in your opinion on it thanks Marty
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/108796-harrach-japonica
    2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Gorgeous my friend!!!
    3. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Hi Marty, thank you! And I just took a look at your vase - I think it could also be Baccarat, and not Harrach. Let me see if I can find a matching shape in my files, and I'll let you know. :)
    4. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thanks so much, Lee!
    5. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Marty, the birds on your vase look right; they don't have the kind of tails that I have seen on Smith Bros. vases. I found one example of a vase shape that appears to be a match to yours; it is an attributed Baccarat piece, however, not signed - I'll send the image it to you.
    6. ozmarty ozmarty, 6 years ago
      Thank you thank you thank you


    7. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Marty - had an image of a pair in your blue color, with the same pair of birds! :)
      http://s1244.photobucket.com/user/michelle_b007/media/a_Pair%20of%20Victorian%20Aesthetic%20Hand-painted%20Japonesque-decorated%20Glass%20Vases%20with%20A%20Stowell%20amp%20Co%20Boston%20paper%20label%208.25inT_237USD.jpg.html


    8. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Lisa, I have also seen a signed pair of glass vases in a similar style signed by St. Louis; it was a popular motif the time, I think. I'll take a look for the ceramic items by the makers you mentioned, thank you.
    9. sklo42 sklo42, 6 years ago
      Your vase is so, so beautiful, Michelle.....and the background colour so you :-)
    10. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Peggy, thank you! How did you know I love browns so much? :)
    11. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you Lisa, I am glad you like it so much; I have another smaller vase in a dusky lavender-pink, in a very similar decor, that I will try to post on CW soon.
    12. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      wonderful vases I ADORE THIS TYPE OF AESTHETIC AND JAPONISM figures with birds and flowers. The discussion unmissingly
    13. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      kivatinitz, thank you very much; I also like this style, which is what drew me to it in the first place. :)
    14. Rick55 Rick55, 6 years ago
      Wonderfully decorated Michelle!
    15. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 6 years ago
      Thank you, Rick! I am glad you think so. It has pride of place on my desk at the moment! :)
    16. jymmyp, 4 years ago
      Beautiful one !!

      Love in red !

      Have a look on this website you have also some great Baccarat vases
      https://www.3dgalleries.com/art/japonisme-crystal-vase-230?lang=en
    17. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 4 years ago
      Hi jymmyp, thank you very much! I have some new examples that I plan to add to CW soon. Thanks for the link!
    18. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      Hi renedijkstra, thank you very much!
    19. Alleycat1, 1 year ago
      Nice thread, enjoyed it much ..

      (I found this vase, unidentified, early in the summer, and have spent the last several months on and off researching who could have made it. I have to say that it was not that easy!)

      I've done the same with books I collected over the years, well done .
    20. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 1 year ago
      Hi Alleycat1, thank you very much! I really appreciate it! :)

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