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Victorian pink satin glass vase with enamel decoration - number on base

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Art Glass519 of 20194Enamelled Harrach VaseQuezal Two Color Leaf & Vine Vase c.1910
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    Posted 4 months ago

    IronLace
    (490 items)

    This Victorian cased glass vase seems to be made from two (perhaps three?) layers. The intensely bright pink is on the interior of the piece under a thick layer of clear glass, or so it appears.
    The vase measures 15.5 cm tall, 4 cm across the cut & polished top rim, & 5 cm across the base, which has a handwritten marking - 4953 over 164. No pontil mark. The satin finish is super fine & so silky that it almost slips out of my hands when I touch it!
    It is decorated with delicate branches & berries in raised orange enamel.
    I suspect this is Bohemian, any thoughts on a possible maker would be much appreciated.

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    1. Wow22, 4 months ago
      Would this orange enamel originally have been gold? I have observed the gold enamel (cold painted?) on a lot of old glass has this orange colour peeping through from underneath. The decoration seems to get all the 'relief' texture from the orange, paste-like application and then a thinner layer of gold is over the top. Is that right? I have never been able to find an explanation. If anyone is able to provide information, that would be great.
    2. IronLace IronLace, 4 months ago
      Many thanks Wow22 - & I have also seen other items with similar orange enamel - some with gilding as you described. The concept of thin gilding over raised enamel seems like a technique to both highlight the gilding by giving it a three - dimensional effect, as well as making it go further.
      If there was gilding on this piece, it is long gone. The orange has an interesting look against the hot pink - a pleasing sort of colour clash.
    3. Newfld Newfld, 4 months ago
      Gorgeous shade of pink & the orange design is a lovely touch
    4. Wow22, 4 months ago
      Yes, with our modern sensibility the 'clash' is pleasing, but I'm not certain it is of the time????
    5. IronLace IronLace, 4 months ago
      Many thanks, Newfld!

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