Posted 5 years ago
Hand vases are sometimes seen in pairs, but typically, both are right handed. Left handed hand vases are quite scarce, no doubt due to the age - old bias against "the sinister hand". So, to put this pair together took time, & a healthy helping of good luck.
As can be seen, there are minor variations in size & finish, but it is clear that both vases are from the same maker, most certainly Bohemian.
Both are made from cased glass - a bright pink over a white interior, & have enamelled & painted decoration. The left hand measures 23 cm tall, 10 cm across the tightly crimped top rim, & 7 cm across the base. The right hand measures 23.5 cm tall, 9 cm across the top rim, & 6.5 cm across the base.
One was found in an antiques shop a suburb away from me, the other spotted in an antiques price guide book some years later. I contacted the dealer, based interstate, & fortunately, the vase was still available to buy.