Posted 10 years ago
I've been meaning to post this ever since I saw Greatsnowyowl's lovely Harrach piece - http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/58191-harrach-acid-cut-back-acb-green-to-cle
It gave me another clue to this piece, which I had already tentatively thought might be Harrach - not least as there is a piece in the same acid cut back technique with the same flowers, the same gilding and a similar colour scheme on page 66 of Truitt I attributed to Harrach.
I don't know a lot about Harrach however - even less than I know about other makers! This is a little different in that you will notice the iridescence over the cut back sections, and it is amethyst throughout rather than cut back to clear. There are no maker's marks anywhere that I can find save that there is a hand-painted gold 13 on the polished pontil mark on the base, along with lots of age-related wear. I assume this is merely the gilder's mark. All views and corrections gratefully received, therefore!
It is a monumental piece. It does not sound that big when I say it is 7 3/4" tall - but the last photo shows it with a piece in the same shape that is 4" tall, to show what I mean.
The alliums in the background are for Scandinavian-pieces.