Posted 12 months ago
Inspired by racer4four's recent post about 1930s Japanese glass vases that have a Czech look to them, here are my two examples. These vases were purchased at the same time from a flea market about 12 years ago. The stallholder was selling a variety of Victorian glass from their collection - & I picked up a few other definitely Victorian pieces as well as these oddities. At the time I thought they were possibly later examples of Victorian type glass of Czech origin, but there were odd details about them that just never seemed to fit in with more typical Czech glass of the early 20th century.
As can be seen, the taller vase (16.9 cm tall) is made from two layers of cased glass - a pale pink lining with a white & clear banded opalescent exterior. There is a very simply formed applied flower (more a blob) & stem in blue, & a black applied footed base with a snapped off pontil mark.
The second vase (15.5 cm tall) is made from three layers of cased glass - clear over pink & green aventurine pulled loops, with a white interior. Once again, it has the same black footed base with a rough pontil mark.
Many things about the pastel colours & types of decors (opalescent pattern, applied decoration, pulled loops) suggested a Victorian date, but the black feet threw me off & got me thinking about all the black accents seen on 20s - 30s Tango glass. So for a long time I thought of these as odd Victorian/Tango hybrids.
Now I am feeling fairly sure that their quirky aesthestic is a uniquely Japanese interpretation of Czech glass.