Delightful antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era gilt ormolu & cut glass double inkwell stand with center overshot glass stamps or accoutrement casket, cheval style mirrored back & whimsical bronze bird inkwell lids & casket finial! Definitely a decorative accent for a lady's writing table, this treasure serves both a utilitarian purpose and accents the space like a piece of writing jewelry. Don't you just love the little chains that secure the birds to the framework. An interesting addition of the overshot glass casket, too. We have a few similar art glass pieces, they look divine grouped and displayed so be sure to browse a bit while you're with us. Thanks!
Very similar in appearance to crackle glass, yes we've all surely heard of and seen examples. The process here is a bit different, resulting in a textured look on the reverse side with a smooth interior and much thicker than the common crackle glass. Overshot glass had its origin in 16th century Venice, and the ability to make this ware eventually spread to Bohemia, Spain and elsewhere in Europe. Sometime prior to 1800, the production of this glass seems to have stopped. The Englishman Apsley Pellatt, owner of the Falcon Glass Works, is credited with reviving this decorative technique around 1845-1850. He acknowledged the origin of the technique by calling his product "Venetian Frosted Glass" or "Anglo-Venetian Glass". Later it would be called by other names, such as Frosted Glassware, ice Glass or Craquelle Glass. It is important to understand the difference between crackle glass and overshot glass. Two different processes were involved. Crackle glass was produced by dipping a partially blown gob of hot glass in cold water. The sudden temperature change caused fissures or cracks in the glass surface. The gob was then lightly reheated and blown to its full shape. The blowing process enlarged the spaces between fissures to create a labyrinth of channels in varying widths. When cooled in the annealing lehr, the surface of the finished object had a crackled or cracked-ice effect. Overshot glass was made by rolling a partially or fully inflated gob of hot glass on finely ground shards of glass that had been placed on a steel plate called a marver. The gob was then lightly reheated to remove the sharp edges of the ground glass.
Very good condition. I see not chips or cracks though there may be a tiny nip or two on the inkwells that I've missed. No damage or flaws that I can see other than the loss of the original beveled mirror (the one you see is a later flat mirror replacement. See pictures for all measurements.
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