Posted 2 months ago
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 piece...it 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.