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    Posted 1 year ago

    sklo42
    (721 items)

    To my surprise and delight the vanity set has been identified as Harrach. Thank you, Brian Severn.

    Having declared myself a purist when it comes to Tango Glass I've had to call this a 'Decorated' Vanity Set! However I'm not certain what type of decoration this is. There is certainly relief....incised lines for stems and etched dished areas for petals and leaves. The colour is a problem and the floral motif is matt though the rest of the surface is glossy. If I take my nail from the glossy yellow into a leaf or a petal my nail goes down into hollows. However in some petals/leaves there are raised ridges (see image three).

    The body is yellow with a thick clear outer casing. Would incising/etching into this clear layer make it matt/change the colour? Or is there something going on I haven't understood/recognised?

    The comb tray is the same shape as the red /spatter one I posted recently, though all else is different. Both these recent sets are different again from the one I posted here five years ago.

    At least it arrived in tact though as you see there are parts missing.

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    Comments

    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
      how lovely is this set!!
    2. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      That's not for me to say :)
    3. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      So must be true, thank you!
    4. Wow22, 1 year ago
      This is nicer than lovely! I've never seen one like this. And I'd call it Tango! ;)
      (But I don't recall seeing any etched tango.)
      The cut/etched design appears to be emulating (in a cruder execution) the style of some of the wonderful Loetz cut glass designs - https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/215382-loetz-cut-glass-part-1-crystal-aussen-r?in=441-activity
    5. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      I think it a plausible idea that the maker was imitating a high end product, I also think, after closer inspection, that the 'beige' colour simply comes from taking off the glossy surface. In parts the yellow layer is visible amongst the foliage.
    6. Ivonne Ivonne, 1 year ago
      Not only beautiful but also encouraging to ask questions concerning decoration,production ,type of glass etc.
    7. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      I agree, Iwona, that it's good to exchange ideas, even when it can only be opinion!
    8. Wow22, 1 year ago
      So, it's Harrach!! How interesting.
    9. sklo42 sklo42, 1 year ago
      Indeed, Wow22, and especially pleasing as the id adds to knowledge in general. All I knew at the outset was that this was unusual for a vanity set.

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