Posted 1 year ago
I've had these vases for a while, but hadn't got around to posting them...so while looking around my studio/glass display room I thought it was time to give them some airtime at last.
Vases like these were made in vast amounts, & come in a seemingly endless array of shapes & colours. I guess that many of them were made in Bohemia by various manufacturers, & perhaps some in France as well.
The first vase is cased pink over white, with a fancy crenelated top rim. It measures 29 cm tall, & has enameled decoration of flowers, foliage, & two blue butterflies. An op shop find just before I moved house in 2018.
Second vase is made from a single layer of opaque pale grey glass, with enameled decoration of flowers, foliage, & a grey butterfly. It measures 26 cm tall. Found this at a flea market 20 years ago for the not so princely sum of $2.
Third vase is made from a single layer of opaque white glass, with enameled decoration of flowers & foliage. It measures 35 cm tall. My mother bought this in an antique shop when we went on an "excursion" one day in 2003.
Fourth vase is made from a single layer of opaque pale grey glass, with enameled decoration of a bird on a tree branch. An op shop find from a few years ago, it measures 34 cm tall. I had no intentions of buying a big piece of glass that day, but how could I leave it on the shelf? It was about $12 I think.
Anyway, I like this type of simple, yet well - executed Victorian glass. Such pieces bring together the need for a big, practical vase to fill with flowers, & the Victorian love of ornament. I can imagine them gracing mantlepieces & sideboards back in those long lost days, & they still evoke the atmosphere of their heyday - likely 140 years ago now.