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racer4four's loves61 of 43215Mystery vase/jug help required with identification.Auction Find! Curious About Origins
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    Posted 2 months ago

    BHIFOS
    (115 items)

    Saw this vase at the local Hospice Store and they had quite a few dollars on it. It looked as if someone had sprayed it with a clear lacquer and it had been left in the sun and the lacquer had gone yellow, it looked dull and lifeless. I kept looking at it over a period of a month or so and finally got up the courage to ask if they would discount it, not something you normally do at these places as it is a charity but no one else seemed to want it. I explained the finish and said I thought maybe I could bring it back to life but it was a risk and they agreed and discounted it by a third. So I took a chance as I wasn't sure how far I could go without damaging it. Any way long story short the good old Brasso was put into use and after hours of careful rubbing it came up beautifully. Turned out most of the yellowing was on the flatter surfaces so it might have been a century of nicotine or as her indoors suggested just cooking residue. Looks stunning now but was very hard to photograph, in the sun it's brilliant but even though I have some extra new lights for where I take pictures it just seems to suck in the light, I don't usually use the flash but had to include that as well! The silver is in the glass, vase stands 320mm high.

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    1. IronLace IronLace, 2 months ago
      What a stunning & unusual vase, I've not seen anything quite like it, & the quality looks very high. Something special!
      From the sound of the surface coating, I think years of nicotine is probably a correct assumption. I inherited a bunch of stuff from my grandmother, a heavy smoker who always kept all the windows & doors shut in her house...& everything was covered in a yellowy - brown coating that was very difficult to remove. At least glass, having a glossy surface, is a bit easier to clean than porous materials which can be impossible to restore (eg, fabrics).
    2. BHIFOS BHIFOS, 2 months ago
      Hi Marin, thanks for the comments.
      Yes all the other black glass vases I have seen are missing the silver inclusions so this stood out once I had figured out it was glass as it looked like pottery it was so dull!
      The trick with the cleaning was to not damage the painted flowers, butterflies and gold rings.
    3. racer4four racer4four, 2 months ago
      It’s amazing. The shape and glass ground decor looks Italian to me but the painting throws me off.
      It’s a class piece.

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