Posted 5 years ago
This is something that's been on my "glass bucket list" for a long time, so it's fantastic to finally get one. I am not 100% certain if this is a John Walsh Walsh palm tree vase, as the shape is different to those I've seen documented as such, but I know it's Victorian & of English origin - & that other manufacturers such as Boulton & Mills also created their own versions of palm tree vases.
The double trunks & root - like applied footed base are made from clear glass, while the applied fronds are made from pale yellow - green glass (looks like it should glow under UV but response was very weak). It measures around 17 cm tall, 10.5 cm wide, & 8.5 cm across the base.
To me, this piece represents the ultimate in Victorian fantasies - a whimsical dream of the exotic, colonial tropics rendered in glass. Yes, there is a frond missing, but I can live with it to get such a rare item. The only problem is, now I want another one!