Posted 5 years ago
This is quite possibly one of my favorite Baccarat vases; it just arrived today, and I really need to find a perfect place to display it. The entire vase has a wonderful sense of movement to it, which I just love. The three swallows are swooping around the vase, and the watercolor-like rust orange and yellow enamel accentuates their movement with its lines.
I just finished teaching a group of 5 and 6 year-olds about Renoir last week at a school art event, and about the sense of movement you get from his impressionistic paintings; it struck me as soon as I saw this vase that it really epitomizes this technique.
It is a heavy vase of opaline glass, set in an ormolu base; the bottom of the glass is finely ground and numbered in rusty red. It measures just over 8 1/2" tall x 5 1/2" in diameter. (The seller kindly allowed me to use their photographs - thank you!)