This listing is for a lovely 19th Century French Art Glass dresser, jewelry or ring box in clear glass with frosted glass texture known as Craquelle or Overshot glass, c. late 1800's. This nice box has a clear glass body with craquelle textured finish on the exterior and smooth glass on the interior. The box has a brass rim around the top and bottom pieces with a tight hinge and the box opens and closes correctly. The box is mounted onto a decorative bronze stand with three embossed and textured leaf formed feet. The exterior of the glass has a frosted, textured finish that has the appearance of finely crushed ice. This glass has been popular since the mid-19th Century and was produced by having a gather of molten glass rolled in finely crushed glass to produce the rough exterior finish. The piece was then blown into the desired size and shape. The finished piece has the frosted or ice finish that is sometimes called "ice glass". Early producers called the glass Craquelle although this glass is now generally categorized as Overshot glass. This glass is produced using an entirely different process than the generic category of crackle glass that simply has the appearance of cracks in the glass without the texture being present. This box is of the style of novelty souvenirs sold during the Palais Royal Grand Tour era.
Dimensions: Approximately 3" high with the box being 2 1/2" in diameter with an overall width of 3 1/2" (at feet).
Condition: Box is in excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws or repairs. The bronze stand may originally have been gilded as a faint gilt color is noticed on the underside of the feet., however, the bronze has a soft aged patina.
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