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Art Nouveau Vitro porcelain Glass Study Of A Tulip Vase / Candle Holder
What a fabulous Art Nouveau study of a tulip that this is...
Free-blown & formed by hand using Turquoise Vitro-porcelain. A glass, which was the brainchild of Sowerby, England in 1876.
The vase/candle holder offered to you here is not a Sowerby piece and its factual maker is unknown to me, however its pedigree is genuine as is also its vintage.
The most difficult of procedures when making glass of these styles, is the foot. Picture if you will, the top form shape of this item. A similar shaped piece would have originated the foot, before its formation.
Having heated the shape to very high temperature, one has to spin-out the molten glass with the aid of a reaming tool. It is the final working procedure of glassware made with round bases, and so get it wrong and the entire piece is destined for the trash-can!
There is no going back once the foot has been flared outwards and great skill is required so to keep it uniform, round and completely on axis. It is no easy task!
We glass blowers quite often compliment each others skills as to how large one can fashion a foot of any free blown item. Trust me,it requires many years of practice and lots of mistakes along the way. This item therefore was produced by exceptionally skilled hands during the turn of the 19th century.
The very nature of the glass itself and the heat required to turn its foot, is responsible for the discolouring which can be observed where the stem joins. THIS IS NOT GLUE, but an unavoidable occurrence at time of manufacture, due solely to the heat needed and required to fashion this piece. It would have only become apparent once the item had cooled.
The above feature is a part of this items history and in no way detracts from its incredible formation.
It has an non-ground/unpolished pontil mark to its base and is entirely unique. It is also completely free of any damage.
I urge you to purchase this little Darling of Vitro porcelain glassware, whilst still available. Once gone? Gone for good!
Height: 8 inches Foot diameter: 3.5 inches Postage weight: 2k
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