Posted 2 years ago
Peggy and I went to one of our local antique malls yesterday and I came across this little treasure. Found in a booth in a locked case where the owner happened to be working, I was afraid to ask the price as many of the items were expensive, and in my opinion, overpriced. I prepared myself for the worst, and asked anyways..... and she looked at the vase, looked at me, and said "That one is pretty cheap."..... which can be a completely subjective statement... then she said $12 I think..... Damage free and nicely colored, and yes.... cheap..... it obviously came home with me.
The vase stands at 4.5 inches tall, is 4.5 inches wide at the widest point just above the foot, has a 3.25 inch wide mouth, and a foot with a diameter of 3.25 inches also. Brightly colored chips were sandwiched between two layers of clear glass, in a commonly used Czech technique called casing. This piece allows for colors to be more "present", as the light shines through them due to the fact that there was no inner lining color used.
In all of my years of collecting and researching I can only recall having seen two other examples in what I would consider to be a very similar form. Those examples, the origins of which were unknown to the owner, a very advanced and knowledgeable collector, have remained unidentified through the years. Those examples are shown in the last image, and have an obviously similar body, with a different neck and rim treatment. It is also noteworthy that those pieces appear to have fire polished rims, which would seem to indicate they likely have pontil marks. I can not say for sure, as I have never seen the bases of the examples, or better rim images.
That being said, this example, in an obviously quite different decor, has no pontil mark, no provenance mark, and a ground and polished rim....
Glad to have it in my collection, as I always love a good mystery!!