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    Posted 13 days ago

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    From the monthly antiques fair comes this rather fantastical Victorian glass basket. It's a solid piece, heavy in weight, & bold in form, despite the delicate colour.
    Made from a single layer of pale blue opalescent glass, the basket has a spherical form, decorated with rustic thorn pull - outs. There is a clear applied rigaree made from pincer - work daisies around the top rim, & a matching daisy patterned footed base. The clear applied handle is deeply ribbed, studded with more thorny pull - outs.
    It measures around 21 cm at the top of the handle, 11 cm across the top rim, & 11 cm across the base, which has a rough, snapped pontil mark. The pontil scar was covered up by one of those felt dots that one puts under furniture legs - I guess to stop it potentially scratching a table top. As I think of pontil marks as being rather like the belly button of a piece of glass, I had to remove it!
    I think possibly English, but not 100% certain. Found a similiar, smaller basket last year in my local op shop.
    Last photo is of another example of blue gorgeousness - Rhododendron Augustinii. I got this a year ago, & now it's in bloom.


    1. Ivonne Ivonne, 13 days ago
      My favourite colour of Rhododendron.Beautiful!The basket ,of course ,too with the lacy rim.This gives it more lightness.
    2. IronLace IronLace, 13 days ago
      Many thanks, Ivonne! I totally agree that the rigaree adds a dainty touch to this heavy basket. And I'm thrilled to be able to grow flowers like this blue rhododendron at last, due to moving to a cool, mountainous climate. I have another one, a dwarf variety called Blue Admiral, which is just beginning to flower. And soon I'll be planting many more, because I simply adore them!
    3. racer4four racer4four, 11 days ago
      Life in the mountains seems so good IL! I'm happy for you.
      And you still get to collect lovelies like this.
    4. IronLace IronLace, 11 days ago
      Thanks so much, racer - yes, I'm loving it here, but still easy for me to get down to Sydney when I need to!
    5. ozmarty ozmarty, Yesterday
      Hi Iron lace could you drop me a line some time ..Regards Marty
    6. IronLace IronLace, 24 hours ago
      Will be in touch shortly, Marty...

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