This Chinese cameo peking glass vase is most unusual! The elaborate floral pattern completely engulfs the vase. The glass is a vibrant red over pure white. The red has been cut through to create the overall floral pattern and instead of being cut all the way through to reveal the white ground it stops short of the white ground creating a red to orange coloration.
This technique had to be executed with an amazing amount of control during the cutting process as the layer of red glass is quite thin (1/8") and clearly going through to the white underlayer was not the objective of the artist. So to stop short anywhere within the 1/8" depth would have taken a very delicate and controlled hand. This technique also provides a more subtle variation in shades of red-orange vs. solid red to white that could have been.
From the top view you can easily see how thick (and heavy, by the way) the white glass layer is compared to the thinner outer layer of red glass. Towards the very bottom of the base you can see the red color more clearly in the area not carved and of course, at the very bottom where there is a solid and thick red ringed foot.
This is a rather untraditional treatment and without any reign marks or like pieces to compare it to of known vintage, it is difficult to date precisely. We believe this vase to be at least 100 years old and very likely considerably older. We have never seen another piece like it.
The vase measures 10" tall and is approx. 6" across at the widest. It is 3 3/4" in diameter across the top rim. The top rim is beautifully shaped and bevelled inward. It weighs over 4 pounds.
The condition is excellent.
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