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To locate a finer example of an English Victorian Cranberry Glass epergne, in this condition, would be quite a task and it is without any doubt one of the best of its type, ever produced and as such is for the discerning collector of very fine antiques.
This piece is tremendous and a remarkable survivor of late 19th century glassware from my collection of such items.
There are no missing parts. No chips, cracks or other defects and is a guaranteed original produced at Stourbridge England, circa late 1880s.
Comprising of SIX superb separate items of quality English crystal cased ruby (cranberry) glass and FOUR scrolled & twisted canes, each & all fabulously come to together to form an incredible focal display of TEN compatible & original English Victorian epergne items, together with its original supporting metal mount.
The total height of the epergne when assembled is a very impressive 22 inches high and has a bowl diameter of 12 inches. This item would have graced an English Victorian home,and a very fine one at that,for these were exceptionally expensive and time consuming to produce,and particularly the bowl.
It almost seems a crime to imagine this item being used as intended,which was to make an extravagant display in which to hold flower-stems & blooms. Personal preference aside,it is the very glass itself which makes the statement.
It should be noted that two shorter clear-glass twisted canes, are for decorative purposes only and were not intended to hold baskets as do their taller equivalents. Adding baskets to the smaller canes would have taken away the symmetry of the entire piece.
The baskets themselves are also particularly large examples,with total lengths of 10 inches each!
This epergne is undoubtedly for the connoisseur collector or the admirer of Victorian glass at its Cranberry Glass best, and as with all of my items it shall be appropriately & professionally wrapped & packed (as my testimonial page can testify) and is available to be shipped overseas and successfully.
Due to the very nature and the rarity of this glorious epergne, shipment is by Recorded Delivery only and with Item Tracking which shall require a signature upon receipt to its mailing address. Sensible offers shall be considered and layaway is also available.
I have also provided a footnote which follows the size dimensions of this sensational example, to illustrate and to inform the extraordinary characteristics & qualities that is `Cranberry Glass.'
Total height: 22 inches Central flute length: 17 inches Side flute lengths: 10 inches Hanging basket heights: 10 inches Twisted cane lengths for baskets: 12 inches Decorative twisted cane lengths: 6 inches Bowl diameter: 12 inches Postage weight: *6k
*Postage Discounts are available for this epergne to overseas (outside of Europe) by request. Please kindly note that I ship the most fragile & delicate of items to all countries successfully,as my "About Us" page testimonials fully justify and I thank you in advance for your appreciation.
FOOTNOTE: The development of Cranberry Glass is arguably the greatest achievement within the realm of coloured glass. This fabulous glass, first appeared circa 1630, and was the discovery of Johann Kunckel, a German chemist of the period. Its formation was produced by the addition of Gold Chloride being added to a clear crystal batch. Modern-day examples have replaced this with copper however the early pieces such as offered here can contain as much as one imperial ounce of gold.
Rubinglas, as the name suggests is Ruby glass, which by its own definition contains even more true carat gold. The high costs involved to produce these items lead to Cranberry glass adaption, for it used far less gold to produce whilst also allowing for more translucency and affordability to the masses.
Cranberry glass, also allows for more delicacy and control of depth of colour, which of course is to its advantage, as it has provided amazing varieties which are now enjoyed and cherished by collectors of this wonderful glass.
Master Glass Blowers at Stourbridge, England, were unquestionably the finest producers of the period anywhere in the world with such eagerness, paired with quality of their era.
Factories such as Stevens & Williams, Thomas Webb, Richardson and also Stuart etc. produced the finest of cranberry glass in the world.
The glassworks of America which produced this glass variety were mainly in New England. This also so happens to be where cranberries are grown and so then (just as now) and never short of a good idea when it comes to marketing, the term "Cranberry Glass" was coined, for it describes its beautiful colour so very well.
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