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10" Robin's Egg Blue Opaline Glass Presentation Goblet/ Vallerysthal-Portieux France /Circa 20th Century

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I picked this up at Goodwill this morning. Really love the color and the shape. Looks like a huge chalice. I finally found out it's made by Vallerysthal-Portieux and is known as a "presentation" goblet. The rim has a small nick in it. I did run my finger around the outside and didn't feel it. It's on the inside edge. The cashier noticed it and asked me if I still wanted it. Sure for a buck fifty why not. The rim is cut and flat and there are no seams. So I'm not sure if it's blown or formed in a mold or what. The color is what really caught my eye. -Mike-

    Vallerysthal/Portieux History
    Courtesy of Rubylane

    Vallerysthal/Portieux is a glass producer with a complex history. Founded in 1836, at Lorraine, France, as Societe des Verreries Reunies de Plaine de Walsch et Vallerysthal, which then became Klenglin et Cie in 1855. A mix of Bohemian and French glass workers created a thrilling array of opaline and decorative glass. In 1870 however, this area of France became part of Germany. Most of Vallerysthal sales however had up to this point been within France, but as the factory was no longer within the French territory they now found it difficult to export their glass out of Germany. To get around this problem they quickly purchased the Portieux glass works which was in Vosges, France and whilst the head office remained in Vallerysthal, they could now export through Portieux. The new name was registered in both French and German and became the Vallerysthal/Portieux name is what we still refer to today.
    As with all Vallerysthal/Portieux coloured glassware, the robin's egg colour type is almost unique to them. It is an aqua turquoise which was produced using additions of copper oxide to the batch of crystal with varying amounts of other non-metallic elements. The use of Copper as a glass colorant can be traced back to the Roman Empire. In fact, little has changed throughout the history of glass making, as metallic oxides & non-metallic elements (such as Carbon, Phosphorus and sulphur for example) have been used to produce all coloured glass to this day.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Ken :)
    2. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Love that color, Mike! It's almost a Tiffany blue. :)
    3. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      It's waiting for a lovely sorbet. Now I wonder what flavour would go well with that fantastic blue?
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Karen....hope you're not on a diet. We'd be talking a lot of sorbet least a quart. This is a big 5" diameter :) One quart of pineapple coming up !
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Katherine :) .... Vallerysthal is known for this particular color of blue and they made a lot of it as it was very popular.
    6. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      I couldn't tell the size by looking at it and totally ignored your heading blatantly telling me it's height. A blonde moment I guess.
      So, not sorbet then. Lollies!!
    7. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Hmmm...this one was on ebay last night but didn't sell and was relisted. They had discounted the price yesterday now it's back to the original.
    8. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      What a glorious piece and stunning color! Love it!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      I have said it before and I will say it again Mike - you are an awesome collector.
      Talk about jammy!
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks AnnaB....yes the Robin's egg blue really says Spring . Except they're freezing their butts off this

      Thanks Karen ...but what I know about Japanese glass now is thanks to you. :) I had only found out what this actually was a few hours after I posted it. I had heard of Vallerhystal in passing (researching) but it just didn't connect until I saw the Ebay listing. They make white and pink opaline as well but this blue is their signature color.
    11. AnnaB AnnaB, 6 years ago
      Lol i think they can handle more than we know :o)
    12. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      I do love Portieux glass
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Kivatinitz for the "love" and comment :)
    14. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 6 years ago
      thanks for your comment mikel
    15. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 6 years ago
      That is just beautiful mike. Great find. ;)
    16. Mae76 Mae76, 7 months ago
      Well, I'm 5 years late to the party, but tha k you SO MUCH for this post. You've helped me solve a very old mystery. My deepest appreciation, sir.

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