Posted 3 years ago
A recent purchase, this unusual piece of Burmese glass was obtained for a very reasonable price. One of those rare "sleepers"...& don't we all adore a sleeper item if we're lucky enough to snap one up.
This vase is unlike any Burmese glass I've seen - the shape is reminiscent of a hyacinth vase, with the cupped top...& an "M" crimp makes it even more interesting.
It was sold as Webb Burmese, but the shape confounds me...I am just not familiar with this as a known Webb shape.
The vase measures 15 cm tall, around 7 cm across the "M" crimped top rim, & 7.5 cm across the base, which has a slightly rough pontil mark (not polished out as Webb Burmese tends to be). It has the familiar Burmese colouring, a pale custard yellow shading to a soft salmon pink at the top...& there is even a small speck of pink underneath...caused perhaps by a touch from something hot, which made the heat reactive gold in the mixture strike pink.
I have one other vase with an "M" crimp, which turned out to be early Loetz...& I am already certain that Welz made their own version of Burmese. To me this looks a more than a little Bohemian, & quite unlike Webb Burmese. It is definitely old, not modern Burmese by Fenton, & was purchased from the U.K. If it is by Webb, then perhaps a slightly later piece, as the shape has an Art Nouveau style to it rather than the high Victorian forms of their earlier designs.
Anyway, regardless of it's provenance, it's simply a gorgeous & unique example of Burmese glass that has found a very happy new home in my collection!