Posted 4 months ago
This is the other half of my recent job lot purchase of Victorian art glass. In fact, THIS is the piece that had me eagerly hitting the "buy it now" button.
Another example of satin glass, & an unusual one in all kinds of ways - the colour, the shape, & the decor. Initially, based on the shape, I believed it to be by John Walsh Walsh, based on a known piece of ribbon air trap satin glass that I already had. But, once unboxed, I've decided to keep my mind open to a possibly different attribution.
To begin - it is made from what appears to three layers of cased glass - clear over beige/tan with a deeper tan spatter, & a white interior. The satin finish really brings out the contrast between the base colour & the spatter - it lends the darker toned spatter an intense, glowing appearance. The vase/rose bowl/toothpick holder measures 7.5 cm tall, 4.5 cm across the three way crimped top rim, & 5 cm across the clear, footed base. There is fine quality, fired - on gilded decoration of plum/cherry blossom type flowers, as well as thin lines of gilding encircling the top rim & base.
The fourth photo shows it in comparison with a John Walsh Walsh piece of similar form (note the integral, not applied foot).
The gilding is more reminiscent of that seen on certain items by Thomas Webb & Sons, though the tri - corner shape is known as Walsh Walsh. So, in all kinds of ways it's very, very interesting, despite it's diminutive size.
I think it is most likely English, but the question remains...Walsh Walsh or Webb?
Either way, it's a super little item!