Posted 13 days ago
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.