Lovely antique French Napoleon III to Belle Epoque era 6 3/8" wide vide poche, jewelry, trinket or bonbon dish in rich gilt bronze ormolu & shaped overshot glass! A wonderful little decorative piece and the overshot glass really shimmers with light! Great as a desk top decorative item, grouped and displayed or a stand alone filled with after dinner mints or...? One small flaw but otherwise gorgeous! 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. As noted above and in the images, there is a small (roughly .75" long) hairline crack in one side of the glass dish. Very hard to see though and you really have to look to find it amidst that crackled array. A slight bend or two to the framework but no breaks or repairs. See pictures for measurements.
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