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`Barolac' glass owes its success to John Jenkins & Son, London, England., and in particular Douglas Jenkins, who had the foresight to import into England, and to trademark, many of the beautiful and exquisite items of glass that were being produced in Czechoslovakia by Josef Inwald, during the Art Deco period of the 1930s. Much of this glass emulated the styles of Lalique, Sabino and Verlys for example, however at a fraction of cost and without any compromise to quality or visual appeal. `Barolac' items utilized similar finishing techniques to produce a line of quality art glass, which often rivalled the esteemed French glass makers of the era, and this vase is an obvious example. It is a serious piece.
The shape of the vase has been formed to represent a large stylized Tulip, its bulbous shape being ideal to then replicate the decorative moulded features of single Tulip flowers & their leaves within 4 separate vertical panels around the body of the vase. There are thick ribs of glass that have been moulded in high relief, which are raised beyond the floral patterns, and each of these culminate to compliment the top rim to perfection in terms of visual appeal.
It is a substantial vase at over 9 inches high, with a top diameter of 6 inches, and the quality of opalescence that is evident with this piece truly needs to be seen to be totally appreciated. It is absolutely gorgeous, and demonstrates numerous characteristics which are sublime. Wonderful hues of creamy-whites, blues and hits of purple and golden amber, result to produce an incredible work of art. The moulded tulips for example are a good 1 inch thick and the foliage has been mould intaglio as well as in raised relief which produces an abundance of opalescent colours throughout the glass.
The interior of the vase is smooth, which suggests that the glass was not blown into a mould, but was pressed, and before the glass was allowed to cool, heat was carefully applied to specific areas so as to achieve its remarkable opalescence.
The base of the vase has been ground and polished which are further indications of quality. These working procedures are labouring and costly and reserved for glass items at the top end of retail. This vase would have been an expensive item to purchase at time of manufacture during the 1930s and looking at the vase close at hand it is not difficult to see as to why. It is a fabulous piece for your collection and it is pattern seldom seen outside of private hands.
CONDITION REPORT: The glass is in excellent condition. I can only locate the tiniest of nicks to underside base and a minuscule fleck to one of the moulded glass ribs, which has proved impossible for me to photograph. Neither of the above detracts this piece at all, and has been mentioned here for accuracy of description only. This vase will not disappoint you. It is a beauty and a very wise investment at this ridiculously low price...
Height: 9.25 inches Top diameter: 6 inches Base diameter: 3.5 inches Postage weight: *3k 600gm *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
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