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This very rare and excellent pair of early to mid-1800s Bohemian opaline glass wall pocket vases are each 11" high, are Harrach, we're quite certain (with help from a friend). Harrach takes its name from the small town in Bohemia, and the originator of the industry in that town, Count Harrach. The factory commenced making fine glass art in 1712. Located in the small town of Harrachov in Northern Bohemia, less then a mile from Poland, in what was once part of Austria, then Czechoslovakia, and is now the Czech Republic.
They are each made by mouth blowing into a fluted form, slightly flattening it and then decorating it so it looks like a seam - looks like they're rolled handkerchiefs or something similar - a fabulous form and nice and large, you'll want to experiment with the best place to hang them for full advantage of their decorator appeal, but I've got my eye on them to flank a mirror in a master bathroom. Imagine, french flowers or not, they're colorful and elegant and a stunning fine example of the apex in glass art aesthetic during the early Victorian era. Aren't they gorgeous! The hand painted floral sprays that decorate them are shown off in our photos but I can tell you they are even richer and prettier in person. RARE enough to find a single of this old form, but to find the matching pair still together and without chips ro cracks - well, just magnificent. They have jeweled (raised) applied hot glass dots along that gilded rim, as you can see, and many of the flower paintings are also raised in that thick old impasto enamel. I'm just thrilled to have them. I've been hoarding these for a long time, waiting to do over my old limestone home at some point, but in fact I didn't go with these colors in either of the bathrooms, so here they are looking for wall space. Your house or mine? Would be pretty above nightstands flanking bed in a guest room or master bedroom, wouldn't they. I need to get a group image so you can get a better idea of scale - they're large and will hold a dozen long stemmed roses each one. Or a little dirt in lower half, add some tiny ivy to your room and let it trail down, adding a few floral stems from your yard now and then. Endlessly beautiful! Imagine them along with your French opaline egg or box, casket collection. Often mistaken for French opaline, and we have made that same mistake until an expert sent us correcting info, for which we are most grateful, as always. We learn from each other all the time.
Very good to excellent condition. That thick opaline glass is straight cut on the lips of these, hand painted and gilded, raised jewel-dots applied, and just look at how well they've managed to survive all those 150 plus years since they were hand made and decorated. No chips, no cracks, very little loss to the superb enamel work that decorates the pair, and only a little loss to the old gilded rim. They show just beautifully; are some of my favorite ever Bohemian and/or French art glass items in my own collection. BIG at 11" tall. There is a .25" (or slightly smaller) hole in the backside between the flowers, which is how you'll hang these (see images).
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Antique Bohemian Harrach Opaline Vase PAIR, 2 Hanging Wall Pocket Vase, mid-1800, Hand Painted Enamel & Raised Jewel Dots
San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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