Posted 9 years ago
This huge vase came from England, where in the Victorian era, Harrach was selling decorative colored glassware that rivaled anything being produced there. I think it must have taken the Pacific Ocean route, because it took a while, but it was worth the wait. Harrach did enameling, especially birds and florals, like no other. Quality for quality's sake was the mantra. This imposing vase is 12 inches tall, and while it looks black on the outside, a strong flashlight reveals that it is actually the darkest purple. This provides a striking backdrop for the colorful enamels, which are outlined in gold ink. For further reading, see Collectible Bohemian Glass, 1880-1940, by Robert and Deborah Truitt, and Das Böhmisches Glas, Band III - Historismus (Historicism), published by the Glasmuseum Passau.