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    Posted 2 months ago

    racer4four
    (615 items)

    This is my oldest hand made Japanese glass vase and has been dated to the late Meiji (1868-1912) early Taisho era (1912-1926).
    Made from high uranium-content clear glass it has twisted white stripes through the body. The lip has been cold cut and the pontil scar remains on the base.
    A blue flower and stem have been added to one side.
    There is no doubt this style has been influenced by Victorian and Czech glass of that era but the execution is nowhere near as refined. There are some bubbles and ash in the glass and the clear base has a variation of thickness. There appears to be some rust stains inside that I haven't been able to remove.
    A relatively rare piece and I was very happy to acquire it.
    Height 20cm

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    Comments

    1. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 2 months ago
      Quite stunning and in such great shape!
    2. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thanks MrsT!
    3. BHIFOS BHIFOS, 2 months ago
      Definitely different for a Japanese piece. But I like it!
    4. Newfld Newfld, 2 months ago
      Sensational vase, the twisted stripes & applied flower are a fabulous romantic design
    5. Ivonne Ivonne, 2 months ago
      No doubt the Bohemian influence is visible but stylistically it is quite different :more delicate,more elegant ,more japanese :)
    6. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thanks Bhifos. They have been making glass longer than many of us realise.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      It is romantic Jenni, thanks so much!
    8. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Hi Ivonne lovely to hear from you!
      I think the shape is very different I agree. The general influence is there.
    9. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      I think you know how fabulous I think this is!
      Like a mash up of Harrach with a Kralik floriform attached...what a truly magical piece of art glass!
    10. FreshAir FreshAir, 2 months ago
      Stunning vase and in fabulous condition!!! Great find!!
    11. kwqd kwqd, 2 months ago
      Nice, Karen! I really like this one. Coincidentally, my runner up for the most cool Japanese inspired Norleans US import piece of art glass I could find was a modern take on this style of vase, i.e., applied flower on a vase. It was pretty inexpensive, so I checked to see if it was still available and it was, so I picked it up and will include a link to your post when I post it, if you don't mind. It is an interesting contrast, I think.

      Guessing you don't see Norleans there since it was an American import company?

      I found a couple of good links describing the history of glass making in Japan....

      https://asianartnewspaper.com/the-beauty-of-japanese-glass/

      https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/topic/14650-glass-in-the-history-of-early-japan/
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Karen,
      This is so incredibly beautiful!! In such amazing condition for it to be over 100 years old. Outstanding!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thanks Marin, I thought it was within your realm. A bit special huh? (Well, everything and all of us).
    14. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Fresh Air thanks!
    15. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Kevin I am looking forward to that. It’s interesting to see the line of production through the years.
    16. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thanks Scott, I was lucky to be offered it. It’s a lovely old piece!
    17. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      Definitely in my realm (thrilled to think you know I have a realm, LOL...& it's a fancy place). What is really interesting is that if I'd found this, I'd pretty much assume it was European in origin...so it's is also super useful in helping me to broaden my horizons in terms of attributions. For sure I would have snapped this up if it came up on my buying radar!
    18. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      PS: Regarding the rust stains, have you tried denture cleaning tablets?
      For years I used to "borrow" these from my late mother's supply for cleaning glass, & they work pretty well on tough stains, especially in items with narrow necks or convoluted interiors which defy other cleaning methods...
    19. inky inky, 2 months ago
      Beautiful and elegant!...:-)
    20. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 2 months ago
      this is absolutely beautiful. great colors - beautiful. Graceful.
    21. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Marin I was only sure this was Japanese because of the reputable buyer and an old photo he showed me from a catalogue he had. It was a really poor photo otherwise I would have put it up. I have such a vague knowledge of Bohemian glass I may have thought this was otherwise.
      I have tried denture tablets and CLR, no avail. I am leaving it alone now!
    22. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thanks Inky! Hope all is well at home. I'm sure you are watching political events here wondering WTF!
    23. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Lori thanks for the love and comment.
    24. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 months ago
      incredibly so old....and perfect contidions
    25. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Thank you Sylvie for loving this old girl.
    26. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      To think the lovely blue flower survived all these decades!
      Was well loved and taken care of, now it has found the right home!
      Lovely Karen!
    27. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      Eileen I have trouble finding old Japanese glass let alone getting it so one this old is great to have.
      Thanks for the love and comment.

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