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W.H.B. & J. Richardson 'Vitrified' Opaline Glass Vase with Spring Flowers, c.1850

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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Well, I was way off on this one! I first thought it was Baccarat, but a friend recently showed me a vase very similar to mine, identified as Richardson. After doing some research, I completely agree - not French, but English! A piece similar to mine can be seen at the V&A's site, here:
    I know very little about English glass, and it was great to learn more about it. This is one of the things I love about collecting glass - there is always more to learn.

    And so....

    This W.H.B. & J. Richardson glass vase dates to between 1847-1850. 'Richardson's Vitrified' with a diamond shape is the mark often found on these vases (although this one is unmarked); the word 'vitrified' referred to "The vitrification process then used on glass was metal oxides fused with flux at a lower oven temperature than that of enameled objects. Richardson was awarded a Gold Isis Medal from the Royal Society for this type of glass."

    It is a big vase - 17-1/4" tall! It sits in my dining room, where the beautiful rich colors of the flowers and leaves compliment my sage green walls. I bought this vase at auction, and when it arrived, I was thrilled to see how gorgeous the hand painted enamel work was in person.

    The vase features a mix of spring flowers including primroses, ranunculus, tulips, pansies, morning glories and roses...the back of the vase has a simpler gilt pattern. The vase has a small hole in the center of the base where it was drilled to be a lamp, as some of these pieces often were.

    I think that one of the things are particularly like about this vase is that even though it features spring flowers, they are done in autumnal shades, but somehow it doesn't feel odd to me in the least because it is so well done.

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    1. sklo42 sklo42, 5 years ago
      The detail is amazing, Michelle.......particularly on the petals of the rose that is still to open. True artistry.
    2. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      Thank you very much, sklo. I think so, too! The artists who worked on vases like these were so skilled. It really is a work of art.
    3. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      good pictures nice vase for a lamp
    4. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      perhaps blue color that usually is photosensitive has vanished if it was used as a lamp
    5. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      kivatinitz, thank you! I am glad you like it. You know, that is a possibility, but since the colors are enamel, I am not sure that they fade very much, at least that is my experience. The colors go so well together that in this case, I think they decided to go with the palette of rusts, yellows and reds from the beginning. :)
    6. MALKEY MALKEY, 5 years ago
      the colours are smashing & applied to give a such naturalistic 3 dimensional feel to the piece thanks for sharing Michelleboo7
    7. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much for your kind comment, Malkey!
    8. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      I love this Michelle! The decoration is superb!
    9. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      thanks for the answer
    10. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      Rick, thanks so much!
    11. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      My pleasure, kivatinitz.
    12. inky inky, 5 years ago
      I love the subtle Autumn colours against the pure milk white, this is one beautifuly enamelled vase and to have it in this size just wonderful...:-)
    13. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      inky, thank you so much. I am glad that I actually have a place for it to fit! :)
    14. beyemvey beyemvey, 5 years ago
      Almost looks like China!
    15. apostata apostata, 3 months ago
      I first thought it was Baccarat, i got the same feeling actually, it thought it was Jean Francois Robert emission , but the polychrome is different , very nice vase, other vases are also very nice and quite well dated, respect for your expertise very professional

      best regards Waki and pas op de hibiscus ( the cat )
    16. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 3 months ago
      apostata, thank you very much - I really appreciate you saying that! :)

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