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Posted 17 days ago

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Rick55
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Many years ago, while researching Durand crackle vases, I came across this piece and have wanted one ever since. The original auction description was:

* "Extremely rare experimental Durand vase has vertical panels of rich deep blue alternating with panels of clear crackle. The consignor states the he showed the vase to the curator of the Museum of American Glass and he had not seen a vase in this unusual color and design" * James D. Julia auctions.

The only example we could find, sold in 2007, and no other pieces have come up at auction before or since, so I was hoping it was a one of a kind.

When it arrived, I compared it to the photo from the 2007 auction looking for a match, and Bingo, they were an exact match... pic 4.

What I found interesting, is in the book, "Durand the Man and His Glass", there is a similar example, not exact but similar, and is listed as a Lava decor. However, later in the book, it identifies the vase as: "Grotesque crackle vase with vertical rows of dark blue over crystal and lustred". It's obviously a lava décor, and I don't know why the book contradicts itself, so I'm simply going to refer to it as a Lava/Crackle vase.

One thing that was pointed out to me from another Durand collector, is the unfinished pontil. It was ground and left unfinished, whereas on all of the Durand pieces I've owned, the pontils have been ground and polished.

As always, thanks for looking :)

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  1. fortapache fortapache, 17 days ago
    Quite the find. Looks you have a one of a kind with that auction for provenance .
  2. antiquerose antiquerose, 17 days ago
    Wow Rick, is that a neat story !! To find yours is the exact match of the Photo from 2007 sale. That is Super. Yup, every bump matches up perfectly in Pic 4. Great piece, and great investigating !! :ThumbsUp:
  3. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 16 days ago
    Wow Rick! You can't get more rare than one of a kind! :^D I would call it "My Blue Watermelon Vase", but I guess you better stick with Lava/Crackle vase, that might describe it better! :^D
    Another piece for your Museum, GREAT job Rick! :^)
  4. Rick55 Rick55, 16 days ago
    Thanks for the great comments, and love Rose, Fort and Bill, and thanks so much for the love Poire, Roy, Aura, Adele, Bill, JImam, Peggy, MacArt, Newfld, Kyra, Mike, Artfoot, Ivonne, Kevin and Anik, I appreciate all you guys : )

    @Rose... I think the investigating was the most fun :)

    @Fort... I'm hoping it's one of a kind, So I'll keep my fingers crossed that none show up lol

    @Bill... Thanks so much, I always appreciate your comments. Watermelon? No, I think I'll stick with Lava/crackle lol : )
  5. Rick55 Rick55, 15 days ago
    Thanks for the love L. B. : )
  6. Rick55 Rick55, 15 days ago
    Thanks so much Craig and Gary!
  7. inky inky, 15 days ago
    Fabulous!! Rick, love the deep but vibrant blue!...well done!...:-)
  8. Rick55 Rick55, 15 days ago
    Thanks so much Penny! I love, love love the lustered blue : -)
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 15 days ago
    fabulous vase !!! love it !!
  10. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 14 days ago
    Such a very beautiful piece !!! And the photography is excellent, as usual :) !!
  11. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 11 days ago
    Put me down for a love click. (Actual button does not seem to be operational on CW)

    Beautiful vase !
  12. racer4four racer4four, 11 days ago
    Congratulations Rick. It's always great to get a wanted piece, but to have it so awesome is magical.
    I have never seen a piece of Durand glass in real life. I must hang around the wrong places :)
  13. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 days ago
    What a great find Rick....The deep blue with the clear crackle works for me ,,'-))
  14. Rick55 Rick55, 10 days ago
    Thanks for the great comments and love Sean, Ken, Bill and Roy, and thanks for the love, Pat and Mrs T., You're all appreciated!

    @Ken... Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it :) Thank for the photo comment I appreciate it :)

    @Sean... I'm glad you love it Sean I always appreciate your opinion...

    @Bill... Hmmm, I can't remember who, but somebody else had the same problem. It's the thought that counts right?

    @Karen... Thanks I was hoping you would like it. I consider myself fortunate to have found it :)


    @Roy... Thanks so much… it works for me too! :)
  15. eye4beauty eye4beauty, 10 days ago
    Rick, I think Safari browser may not be supported by CW anymore?
  16. Rick55 Rick55, 8 days ago
    @Roycroft... Thank you, I'm glad you like it. It works for me too! : ) Thank you for the love Moon, I appreciate it :)

    @Bill... Interesting Bill, I hadn't heard about that. In addition to my phone, I tried it on my PC without any luck. Then I tried Google Chrome, and it worked fine. : )

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