Posted 2 months ago
Here are some more hand vases from my collection which I hadn't got around to posting yet.
Photo 1 - Two large hand vases in shades of green. The one on the left is a deep blue - green with gilded decoration, & measures 26.6 cm tall. The one on the right is 30 cm tall, & has an interesting story to it. I purchased it from eBay UK in 2015, & I was astonished & dismayed when the parcel turned up on my doorstep - because it was packed in only a shabby - looking padded bag! I seriously did not want to open it at all. I waited a few hours & then approached it with great trepidation. No tell - tale sounds of broken glass ensued as I opened the bag, to find it wrapped in a single layer of bubble wrap with a sparse scatter of styrofoam peanuts. I can only imagine it survived due to sheer good luck, & the fact it is a very solid & heavy vase. Oh, & perhaps also that it arrived on St Patrick's Day...maybe a little "luck of the Irish" helped it on it's way...
Photo 2 - Two Victorian hand vases in shades of ultramarine & cobalt blue. The left one is a very unusual form, have not seen another quite like it. It measures 24.5 cm tall, & is decorated with enameled lily of the valley flowers. The blue over white cased one on the right is also unusual - it is left handed. The intense colour & lavish gilding also add something extra.
Photo 3 - A ruby glass hand vase with gilding. Considering what a popular colour this was for glass in the Victorian era, it is rarely seen in hand vases. This one measures a very standard 22 cm tall.