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St. Louis Enameled Opaline Vase with Birds and Prunus, c. 1880

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Here is another example of a French St. Louis opaline glass vase from about 1880; it is the same shape as my other peony vase pair, but this one features very finely painted birds in flight, accompanied by Prunus blossoms on a delicate branch. The Japonisme design influence that was very popular at the time is clearly seen in this decoration. Also, the entire body of the vase is covered in a hand painted pattern that imitates the fine crazing that one might see on an old porcelain vase. It is unsigned (or the signature has worn away) but is 8" tall, and as I mentioned, exactly the same shape and height (8" tall) as my other signed pair of St. Louis vases.

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    1. Gillian, 3 years ago
      Beautiful birds, just lovely - I had to look up Prunus ;>/
    2. sklo42 sklo42, 3 years ago
      Another wonderful addition to your French glass collection. The depiction of the birds is so delicate, they look light as air!
    3. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 3 years ago
      Gillian, thanks so much! Basically, it is flowering cherry or plum (both in the Prunus family) but in Japanese decors, they usually call them Prunus. :)
    4. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 3 years ago
      Thank you so much, Peggy. I was thrilled to find this one not too long after I bought the peony vases. (I had been stalking those for months and months!) It is really amazing to see how finely the birds are painted - I'd love to see the brushes they used!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Oh Wow!! This is simply beautiful!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Those swallows! So beautiful Michelle!
    7. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 3 years ago
      Thanks Karen - you are right, they are swallows! They were such a popular bird to use in this era. I have several vases featuring swallows in flight. Maybe people loved the movement they can depict? :)
    8. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 3 years ago
      Thank you, Scott - I appreciate it! :)
    9. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 3 years ago
      congrats adore birds enamelled on glass or porcelain look at mines
    10. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 3 years ago
      Thanks so much, kivatinitz! I really enjoyed seeing your pieces, too! I love birds as a subject, as well! :)
    11. MALKEY MALKEY, 3 years ago
      flights of fanciful delights
      beautiful michelle
      fabilus xxxx

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