Posted 5 years ago
This jug was one of my husband's birthday gifts last month. I recognized it as Tzarina at once because of the shape and the colour, but I had never seen this design before, so I had my doubts about it... poor Carlos, he felt a bit angry at me for it ;). Luckily I could ask a couple of expert friends and they confirmed it was one of the many and very differet designs Nanny still made for the Tzarina series... one of them even sent me the pics from the Designlasi book on image 2.
I already had one of the Tzarina jugs, a pretty normal design that usually is found in yellow, dark green, dark blue (the rarest of them all) and clear glass, and in two sizes, mine being the small one. I've also got 6 or 8 matching drinking glasses.
On the last image, sent by the same friend who sent me the book pics, you can see somebody's truly amazing Nanny Still collection with SO many different Tzarina items... some of which I had never seen -or imagine- before.
I am presenting you my jug with a big ball stopper which doesn't appear on the Designlasi book... but I do believe it was originally intended as astopper for this very model; on image 4 you can see a simmilar one in green, but no matching green jug. This one would be the second ball stopper Nanny Sstill designed, the first one belonging to the Triennale jug -which I have got, but unfortunately the stopper is missing-. By the way, it looks like there is a small version of the Trienale jug on the last pic... bottom shelf at the right. Mine, in petrol blue, stands almost 40 cm. tall. The ball stopper should be black.
The series is a bit... chaotic in terms of design. You've got the opaline items as well as the see-through ones -mostly the jug and matching glasses I've got in yellow and some vase and candleholders-. And it looks like the three balls pattern seems to be the linking pattern amongst them... but in some bottle stoppers and box lids you find stoppers with four balls, or with two balls... and sometimes just one ball... but my firts jug and glasses has no balls but rings, and there is even a design for a jug that shows no balls at all!