An uniquely shaped four sided pedestal vase with scalloped cup mouth. I calling this piece a vase for lack of a better description, it is possible that it is some type of spirit or oil lamp. It is a very unusual shape for a vase with its narrow neck and cup shaped mouth, however there are no internal threads where lamp inserts would have fastened. Regardless it is a very lovely piece of antique glass. It has a hand painted scene of a crane flying above grasses and cattails on the front, the two sides have sprigs of ivy with gilt scroll work. And the back is decorated with a single cattail. All the edges as well as the base and have gilt detailing which do show wear from handling and cleaning. The cup shaped mouth is made up of ten panels with curved tops which all have been outline in gold gilding. There are no maker's marks present therefore its origin is unknown, I would guess it is probably European. Condition is very good with only a 2mm swallow chip on the top and general wear to the gilding. In image #7 above I include a close up shot of a splinter shaped air bubble in the glass, this is not a crack or chip. Measurements are 9 1/8"T X 2 3/4"W with an approximately 4" diameter base.
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