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

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Art Glass1677 of 20967Enamelled Harrach VaseQuezal Two Color Leaf & Vine Vase c.1910
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    Posted 1 year ago

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    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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
      Gorgeous shade of pink & the orange design is a lovely touch
    4. Wow22, 1 year ago
      Yes, with our modern sensibility the 'clash' is pleasing, but I'm not certain it is of the time????
    5. IronLace IronLace, 1 year ago
      Many thanks, Newfld!

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