Real & factual Opaline glass was produced only in France and only from the main centers of production in Saint-Louis, Réunion, Le Creusot, Baccarat, and at the Paris factory of Bercy, and also outside the capital of France, at Choisy-le-Roi.
None has been moulded and each piece has a rough or polished pontil upon its base and ALL(if not most)are not branded or signed, as French opaline glass is free blown and tooled by hand
This rare example reveals a mark, which is located at an approximate depth of 0.5 inches inside the neck of the decanter. (Please see below for further information as to why this mark is present)
The base of the decanter has also been pontil ground & polished, yet a further feature only found upon free blown glass of quality.
French Opaline, resembles the milk glass of 16th-century Venice and the opaque white glass associated with Bristol, England of the 18th century, however French Opaline is without comparison in terms of its glass type and as such can be compared to say the quality difference between Tiffany & Carnival or as Lalique is to Bagley.
Opaline glass is complete and utter quality and is without any close parallel.
Today we label this glass more commonly as Milk Glass, Milchglas, Lattimo and or Bristol, all of which having more or less the same characteristics of being opaque to resemble fine white porcelain, which indeed it has often been mistaken for, due to its soft smooth reflectiveness and feel.
Even to this day, this glass type still remains difficult to produce and is very time consuming, as it requires to be slowly annealed (and quite often twice, by being drawn through a "leer tunnel") to afford strength and stability to the glass.
Rarely if ever was the additional enamelled decorations (such as those as displayed upon this piece) applied at the glass factories themselves.
Much evidence exists that these early examples used the technical skills required out of house, and usually by enamellers & painters employed within the pottery industry where again the item would require to be annealed in a similar fashion as explained to you above.
This exceptional and rare free blown example of French opaline glass is a staggering 15 inches in height and has a WOW FACTOR all of its own.
Its teardrop stopper in itself is a marvel, for these were produced independently by specialist glass "Stopperer" workers who produced these items on a lathe and after the decanter had been decorated.
The neck of decanter has got to be perfectly round, in order to produce an exact fit, no easy task for a free blown decanter of this size, but essential just the same.
It would take me several pages to totally explain the stopper making process however it is worth me adding here that only the finest quality decanters have been afforded with polished stopper plugs and also to the inside neck of the decanter itself, a quality as is evident upon this incredible piece, which remember has been entirely mouth blown and formed, as no moulds were ever used to produce real antique vintage French Opaline. Period.
Please do not simply dismiss this decanter as your average milk glass piece. Items such as this are rarely seen outside of private hands.
Little (if any) of the decoration is missing and the entire decanter and stopper are completely free of any damage whatsoever.
Sensible offers will be considered for this piece, however its price reflects the historical importance and the infrequency of these original French opaque glass items remaining or offered for sale.
I am offering you this item exclusively here and for you to cherish, and Layaway is available for ANY of my non-sale items by request.
Total height: 15 inches Widest diameter: 6 inches Base diameter: 3.5 inches Postage weight: 2k 400gms
Item ID: JJ432
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