Posted 3 years ago
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: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O4899/vase-whb-j-richardson/
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.
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.