Presenting an lovely antique spill vase, likely German.
Spills were thin rolls of paper or wood used to transfer light to candles, lamps etc. directly from the flames of a fireplace, prior to the common availability of matches. A spill vase was kept on the mantle and often had gaps higher in the vase walls to allow spills to be grouped and kept at an angle. This served to help attractively arrange the spills and also to keep them in place.
Beyond the purely decorative appeal of the vase completely unadorned, the architecture of the spill vase design makes it truly versatile and useful. Despite its age and delicate charm, this is an antique that you can easily find yourself incorporating into your everyday life and entertaining.
The holes of various sizes make spill vases wonderful for flower arranging, lending themselves to naturalistic arrangements, with flowers or greenery able to easily appear to organically spill over and through the sides, and still be supported.
This particular vase is very finely modeled with the detailed figure of a boy largely in parian, with a few highlights of gilt on his clothing. The shading around the face is very subtle giving the impression is of simple matte white bisque. He strides alongside the vase, which has a grape vine motif with purple and green shading and further gilt detailing.
The grapevine motif makes this perfect for use as a wine server, and would blend well with both simple or vintage pieces for an original and very memorable presentation. His outstretched hands could be used to hold a card indicating the varietal, with a message to guests, or even to hold a blossom. This would be also be lovely filled with crushed ice and cooling champagne, setting the tone for a bride and groom's table at a "shabby-chic" wedding.
In excellent condition other than the loss of the tips of the fingers on the outstretched hand. No stains, ships or cracks.
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