Vintage Art Nouveau Poppy Motif Goofus Glass Vase

Here is a fabulous frosted glass vase with an art nouveau style poppy design.

Height is 9 1/4".

The base is 3" across and has a circular stamp on the bottom.

This is eight sided and has a shoulder that is about 5 1/2" across at its widest; this tapers to the bottom.

The mouth opening is 3 1/4" across from outer edge to outer edge; the outer edge has no chips, the inner rim has a rough finish, which we have found, is typical in Goofus glass vases.

This appears to be molded, poured, pressed as there are (subtle) seams down the sides.

The main background has a mottled orange peel texture; it is painted in a scramble of black and poppy red. The front has raised flowers (poppies) and leaves and twining vines in a decidedly Art Nouveau style. The flowers are painted a rich Tuscan yellow-gold with hand painted black accents, the leaves are a deep forest green with matte gold accents.

The paint has worn off of this, but it is still a very visual piece and quite sturdy rather than delicate or fragile.

Design lines such as these were particularly prominent from 1895 to 1910, and of course in the years following, depending on the artist or creator and their influences.


A short history of Goofus Glass, with a thank you to Ehow for their article where we found:

Goofus glass is decorative glassware produced in the early 19th century that was sold very cheaply or used as carnival prizes or for promotional giveaways. It predates carnival glass, but it was used much for the same purposes.

Goofus glass is most often found in green, red and gold, with gold most predominantly found. The name was introduced over time and eventually stuck. It is believed the name Goofus glass came about because of the inexpensive look and lack of quality in the painting, which chipped off easily and gave the pieces a goofy look.

Although several manufacturers produced Goofus glass, Indiana Glass Co. in Dunkirk, Indiana, was the one most prominently known.

The dates of manufacturing Goofus glass was from 1900 to 1930, although exact dates are a bit hazy.

Item ID: GW-204


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