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Enameled French vase in the Japonisme style (a la Japonaise), ca. 1880

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French Art Glass444 of 453MY NEW LITTLE CUTIE EUROPEAN GLASS OPEN SALT HOLDER? GALLE?Art Verrier French crystal vase
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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Around 1853, after two centuries of a policy of national seclusion under which no foreigner could enter Japan, nor could any native leave under penalty of death, foreign merchant ships again began to visit Japan. After the Meiji restoration in 1868, Japan began to receive foreign imports, and in return began to send its products to markets abroad, especially Europe and America. These products and styles became wildly popular, and by 1880 Japanese decorative themes were highly influential to the pioneers of Art Nouveau, notably Emile Galle, Ernest Leveille, Auguste Jean to name a few. These motifs also spread to the glass houses of Bohemia, and enameled glassware bearing Japanese motifs were produced by Harrach, Moser, and others.

    The example shown here is most probably French, from the Clichy area north of Paris, by one of the makers mentioned above. It is unsigned and unmarked, circa 1880.

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    1. Esther110 Esther110, 11 years ago
      If it isn't marked or signed, how can you tell it's what you say?
      Not bashing, just want to learn.
      Without anything to ID it, I would pass it up for a copy.
    2. ekhorre, 11 years ago
      One learns by studies of glass during 15 years, visiting exhibitions, reading "catalogues raisonnées" and so on. But one have to specialise in a small
      field. It is too much otherwise.
    3. Esther110 Esther110, 11 years ago
      Like I said, I'm not bashing.
      I guess it comes down to gut feelings and knowledge in your field. Thanks for anwering.
    4. bohemianglassandmore bohemianglassandmore, 11 years ago
      @Esther110 - ekhorre is right - years of collecting, handling, and researching art nouveau glass. I also collaborate with many of the experts in this field. All of this tells me that it is most likely one of the makers mentioned, with Galle being the least likely of all, and Harrach in Bohemia being equally as likely as any of the French houses. I do believe it is period and not a copy. In my collection of a few hundred pieces, more than half is not marked, and I can positively identify about 90% of it.
    5. Esther110 Esther110, 11 years ago
      No, no, I'm not saying this is a copy...I'm saying ignorant ME would have passed it up as one...
      I think it's beautiful, but the many asian replicas available are one of the reasons I keep my limit of 5 euros on stuff I like but don't recognize. If it's stamped and has the 'feel', or if it's from a reputable seller, then I spend the moolah.

      Another reason is I try to stay away from breakables....butterfingers, ya know... :(

      And the last reason is I can't narrow my collector's OCD to just one field/era/brand/material/ ain't easy bein me :)
    6. ozmarty ozmarty, 11 years ago
      Hi esther110 , no one is going to take the vast amount of time to copy this and especially not put a signature on it. Bohemianglassandmore indeed has put it to a panel with vast experiance of glass and the attribution is their opinion also.
    7. scottvez scottvez, 11 years ago
      Esther, I am more worried with the pieces that have a signature!

      I collect art glass with applied flowers and fruit and very little of it is marked. After years of collecting, I can usually make a fairly quick determination as to it being a modern piece vs. an old item.

      But after years of collecting-- I have learned a heck of a lot recently ON THIS SITE. There are some very knowledgeable glass folks here and they freely share their experience and expertise.

      Take a look under art glass and you will be amazed at the pieces on here.

    8. jymmyp, 5 years ago
      You have a very selected and high level collection. Congratulations.
      You can see my Ernest Leveille one here and may be share yours !?

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