Here's a beautiful Thomas Webb & Sons Decorated Queens Burmese Vase, with Jules Barbe Decor. Beautiful Burmese shading, a really fun Jules Barbe decoration, and a lovely intricately crimped rim like only Webb could do!
Burmese glass was invented and then patented in 1885 by F. Shirley one of the driving forces behind the Mt. Washington glass company. The story goes that Queen Victoria was presented with a tea set from the Mt. Washington Company, absolutely loved it and said the glass reminded her of a Burmese sunset. She was so thrilled with the glass that in 1886 the Webb company of England acquired the license to produce the glass and named it Queens Burmese Ware with her Majesty's permission.
The decoration of Queen’s Burmese Ware at Thomas Webb & Sons was carried out in the decorating shop under the direction of Jules Barbe, a Frenchman recruited by Thomas Wilkes Webb at the 1878 Paris International Exhibition.
The enameled decoration is typically done in flat enamels, with most designs incorporating additional leaves, applied in a blue/grey wash, which resemble shadows and give the decoration a three dimensional effect. Where the enamel is raised from the surface, it is usually in the form of paste details, such as dots in the center of flowers, to represent the stamens, or to represent tendrils on Ivy.
You can view more Webb Burmese glass painted by Jules Barbe in the book "British Glass 1800-1914" by Charles R. Hajdamach.
Polished pontil, , excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other issues. C. 1887.
Size ~ 4" tall.
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