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    Posted 2 months ago

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    I think most of you know that I enjoy glass which is quirky, unusual, & different...& anything that's a touch oddball tends to stand a good chance of winning me over....well, how's this one for a offbeat charmer?
    There were a multitude of hand painted milk glass vases produced in the late 19th century, & a huge range of examples are still to be found today, in all shapes & sizes. Most feature highly competent, though fairly pedestrian, painted decoration, most typically of flowers.
    This one is something else!
    Just a very plain, simple vase form, in an off white to very light grey coloured glass, with a satin finish, it has been decorated with the most wonderful painting of an owl sitting on a tree branch.
    The sensitivity & skill clearly evident in this decoration is exceptional. The restrained, autumnal colour palette, the delicate depiction of the owl's feathers, & the watchful expression on its face are magical indeed. Whoever painted this vase truly loved what they were doing, & their passion for their work still speaks though the years - it's a class act in every way.
    Thank you to the artist who created this special makes me smile as much it must have done for you when you painted it.
    The vase measures around 15.5 cm tall, 3 cm across the polished top rim, & 4.5 cm across the base, which has a roughly snapped off pontil mark.
    Most likely of Bohemian origin, I believe.

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    1. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 months ago
      adore enamel glass depicting birds
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 months ago
      Way Cool. What a Hoot !!.!.!!
    3. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Many thanks, kivatinitz!
    4. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Thanks also, Kevin! Found this gem in Newtown, one of my favourite haunts...
    5. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 2 months ago
      The perfectly still watchful owl....yet there is motion in the evening dew gathering on the branches and beginning a slow drip .....and the moonlight reflecting off the dew’s moisture.
      It just makes me want to be still, watch and listen for the most minute sounds.....maybe a drop of dew falling on a leaf far below.
    6. Bambus1920 Bambus1920, 2 months ago
      Too wit to woo.
    7. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Thank you so much Patricia, & beautifully said!
    8. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Thanks also, Bambus1920!
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 months ago
      very beautiful!!!
    10. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Thanks so much, Sean!
    11. Michelleb007 Michelleb007, 2 months ago
      Oh this is just wonderful!! I love it - what a beautifully enameled owl. My daughter is in love with all things owl, and I would have snatched this up if I found it! :)
    12. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Many thanks, Michelle!
      You know, I actually thought of your collection with respect to this vase, as you have so many gorgeous enameled pieces. So glad you're enjoying it!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 1 month ago
      Hey sorry I missed so much stuff lately.
      This is so special, I love owls and listen to them most nights here.
      This is a stellar bit of enameled glass.
    14. IronLace IronLace, 1 month ago
      I missed you! So nice to see you back on CW, Karen!
      Wishing you a very Happy Easter & birthday too...

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