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This is a seldom seen pattern of Vallerysthal glass, in the form of a royal orb with gilding & red enamel.
Founded in c1836 in Lorraine, France as: Societe des Verreries Reunies de Plaine de Walsch et Vallerysthal, the glassworks had become by c1855 more known as: Klenglin et Cie, which employed both French and Bohemian glass workers who produced many interesting decorative items such as press moulded glass, opaline and art glass for example, and their sales were predominantly for the French market. However the area in which the factory was located became part of Germany during c1870 which affected Vallerysthal glass sales dramatically. They quickly purchased the Portieux glass factory which was based at Vosges in France, and whilst they held office in Vallerysthal, they could now also export through Portieux.
A new name was registered in French and in German, Verreries Reunies de Vallerysthal et Portieux, and Vereingte Glashutten Von Vallerysthal und Portieux, and the Vallerysthal/Portieux association that we recognise today was established.
Opaque glass using a wide variety of colours including uranium Vaseline, vivid turquoise, yellow and white were all primarily the glass types used by the factory and from goblets to animal themed lidded pots, sugar bowls and butter dishes etc. numerous patterns were produced, some of which are exceptionally scarce... and this `Crown Top' model is such an example.
One could easily be mistaken to consider this piece as being `Goofus Glass' (the earliest form of Carnival Glass) that was produced cheaply for promotional giveaways. The colourization for example is not too dissimilar however this piece is a signed rarity produced by Vallerysthal which predates c1900. It's an absolute gem.
It was designed and introduced by the factory as a modest butter-dish, but I have personally always seen this piece as being far better suitably displayed as a vanity item. A powder pot for example, upon a bedside dresser, for its appearance is majestically luxurious & regal.
Many of these pattern types were decorated by hand using stains, paints enamels and gilding. This particular example retains its original painted decoration, which would indicate that the piece has been looked after well and seldom used for its purpose. The glass has also been matt-satin frosted to all surfaces both inside and out. It is not at all uncommon with items such as this (and before the days of stringent Quality Control checks) for each item to display its own unique level of enamelling and or paintwork. After all, these items were decorated entirely by hand, and this piece is no exception to that rule.
It is relatively large sized for a lidded pot, at 6 inches in height and 5 inches at its widest diameter. The condition is next to excellent. There are two very tiny nicks to the inner rim of the inside of the pot and that is all. These proved impossible for me to photograph, however they do not detract, are barely noticeable and are mentioned here for accuracy of description. This is a scarce item for your collection and its display and suitable use possibilities are almost endless...
Height with lid: 6 inches Widest diameter: 5 inches Base diameter: 3.75 inches Postage weight: 1k 700gms
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