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    Posted 1 year ago

    Russell117
    (98 items)

    Late Victorian jug. I suspect it could be Bohemian but not entirely sure. It has spiral optic ribbing on the body and a lovely bright blue claw and ribbed handle. It has a square mouth and a delicate pouring lip. It glows fiercely under a black light. The pontil is polished. Dimensions: 16.5 cms tall and 9.5 cms across the base. It has weight but the glass is relatively thin towards the top. Was it designed as a milk jug? The control and design of the aqua opalescent striping is excellent.

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    1. IronLace IronLace, 1 year ago
      Nice piece, & I believe it could be related to these:
      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/264338-pair-victorian-vaseline-glass-stoppered
      As these were likely intended as tableware, I'm fairly sure your item also had a practical use for the kitchen/dining room.
    2. Russell117, 1 year ago
      Yes, IronLace, they are very similar, especially the colour-way and spiral design. Could your two jugs have been designed as cruets to hold olive oil [?] for the dinner table? I think the European glass makers tended to make square shaped mouths for their commercial items such as jugs, more so than the British - I remember reading about that in Manley's book.
    3. IronLace IronLace, 1 year ago
      Probably so, & being a pair perhaps one was for oil & the other, vinegar.
      A whole table set with such items would have been a striking sight indeed...I can picture a grand table setting with an epergne at the centre, & some fairy lamps illuminating the scene.
      The colour of these items is very distinctive & it should assist with making a more definite attribution some day, I hope.

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