These vases are the only matched pair known to be in a private collection. Two other similar examples are part of the Corning Museum Of Glass, Corning, N. Y., and the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI. I purchased them from L. H. Selman Fall Auction, 2008, which featured the collection of Sam and Winifred Alschuler (Part Two). They had a full page in the catalog, as well as special note in the page that described Sam and Winifred Alschuler. On that page, their son wrote that "Sam and Wini were especially proud of their two nineteenth century Clichy vases, the only matched pair known to be in a private collection. As evidence of their merit and value, the pair was on prominent display in their sitting room."
From the Selman catalog: "Both of the extraordinary pieces contain a colorful assortment of whole and partial complex millefiori, including floret, six-point star, moss. quatrefoil, bull's-eye, arrowhead, stardust, bundled rods, cog, and crimped canes, as well as a generous offering of various rose canes, in shades of pink, white, yellow green, and turquoise. One vase is identified with a pink, white and purple "C" signature cane, while its companion bears a dark purple and white "C" signature cane, as well as a rarely seen turquoise, white, pink, and blue "CLICHY" cane. (See The Encyclopedia Of Glass Paperweights, pp 142-143; Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions Of The Nineteenth Century,pp 10-11.) Long term cracks to both pieces.
Height 8 and 5/8 inches. A new copy of the Catalog, which features them on the cover as well as inside, will be included.
Photos just do not capture the breathtaking beauty of this pair. These were estimated at $22,000 - $30,000, before Buyer's Premium. I believe the serious investor will feel, as I do, with the decreasing value of the US Dollar, that investments in very rare pieces that cannot be duplicated are worthwhile. I truly enjoy just looking at these, and savoring the pride of ownership that I feel. If they increase in value, as I believe they will, that is an added benefit.
I have listed them currently at a bit above the high estimate (when buyer's premium is added to estimate it becomes $37,500.00). I believe that, as time passes, that I will increase the price.
This would have to be paid by Bank Transfer or Certified Check. Layaway is available.
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