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Burtles,Tate & co., Manchester, England produced this elegant opalescent glass swan, during circa 1880.
Pressed-glass swans need complex moulds, and most English factories of the period produced at least one in order to maintain peer status. This example by Burtles & Tate, is one of the finest.
Exquisitely moulded details are evident throughout. The feathers for example of the wings and tail and the scalloped top edge, have each been crisply defined in small detail. A further sign of quality is the shaping of the neck and particularly the swans beak and eyes, which have been minutely executed and with accuracy.
Swans were an apparent part of the 19th century decorative arts language with strong associations to the Empress Josephine and the French Empire style. The swan represents purity,goodness and above all,love...
...as this beautiful opalescent glass example amply provides.
It is free of any damage and is as enchanting an example as you will find.
Height: 2.5 inches Widest diameters: 3.5 x 2 inches Postage weight: 900gms
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