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    Posted 5 years ago

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    This was a fortunate find. While trawling though Ebay here in the UK, I came across this piece being sold as a "glass planter", for £45 I paused, looked at it for a while, thought to myself 'this is a nice thing' but for some reason passed it by - for over a week! I thought nothing more about it. Then while researching other art glass particularly Harrach, I came across a piece of Leveille Rousseau, a 'Harrach like' fine enameled piece which I really liked.

    This piqued my interest. So I delved more deeply into LR and discovered some images of pieces which were similar to something I had recently seen!! I went back to ebay did a quick search and found the vase I had seen the week before. It had not sold and had been re-listed. I couldn't believe my luck, put in my bid - no one watching but me and it was mine in 5 days.

    Extremely heavy light-smoked glass, internal crackle and inclusions of orange, yellow, red, green, white and deep purple cased in thick crystal. The thickness of the glass varies, but at a minimum is more than half an inch thick (14mm). 8" (20cm) tall and weighs 9.6 lbs or 4.6kg! This one has a rough pontil. From what I can tell, some pieces like these are polished some not.

    I originally ID'd this on what I could find on the internet. I originally suggested it was by LR only on what others have said and the attribution some auction houses have given these pieces. Since then and with the input of Dr Kai Haselbach, I have come to the conclusion that it is not LR and suspect these pieces may actually be British, only on the basis that pieces for sale recently have been found in the UK. If anyone has any idea as to maker I would be grateful to hear from you.

    Pic 4 shows some other examples, however the only one that is definitively by Leveille Rousseau is the bottom right example.

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    1. Justanovice Justanovice, 5 years ago
      Wow!! What a size!!!! Love it!! Another great find! Well done you!! Also admired your stance on Brexit!!
    2. philmac51 philmac51, 5 years ago
      It really is something else Justanovice - and yes, heated debate goes on...and on...which I'm tempted to do right here, but I'll bite my lip and stick to Art Glass rather than politics... Thanks for your comment.
    3. inky inky, 5 years ago
      Oooohwwoo!!!.. I really like this very much....isn't researching great, it's what tickles the back of your mind when you come across something, when researching one thing and seen so much it!!!...:-)
    4. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      Love the bit of craquelure and the spatter of colour, some of my favourite things in glass !
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      MEGA WOW !!!
    6. philmac51 philmac51, 5 years ago
      Thank you Phil and Kev for your comments
    7. MALKEY MALKEY, 5 years ago
      its a beauty has the same form as craquelere vase i,d posted under loetz Rick posted similar piece with gilding super find Phil !!!!
    8. philmac51 philmac51, 5 years ago
      Glad you like it Malkey. I have to say, it really is a seriously substantial piece of glass.
    9. skivatinitz skivatinitz, 5 years ago
      you win the lot and very interesting post the first time I hear from this artist
    10. philmac51 philmac51, 5 years ago
      @skivatinitz Thank you for your comment. A very important pre-nouveau French artist that studied under Eugene Rousseau in Paris from the 1860s. Ernest-Baptiste did not sign his work until after he took over the Rousseau Studio in Paris in 1885/6.
    11. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 5 years ago
      Phil, I love it when information comes at just the right time and you remember a piece that for some reason catches your eye. And I agree - it is so modern looking that it is hard to believe it was made so long ago. What a fantastic find! :)
    12. philmac51 philmac51, 5 years ago
      Thank you Michelle - So I've had my head turned by yet another maker....does it ever stop this obsession?!
    13. philmac51 philmac51, 3 years ago
      Description and title of this piece has been updated.

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