Here is a gorgeous English vase, seven and a half inches high, in the Coalbrookdale style with encrusted flowers and leaves. It was probably made in Staffordshire in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Many factories made this type of piece, not just Coalbrookdale, and this one is unmarked so it could have been made by any of them. All the flowers are hand-modeled, petal after petal after petal, and painted in vibrant colors of glaze. There are primrose, asters, dahlias and on and on. In those days, hand labor was cheap, so an artist could spend hours making individual petals and leaves and still create a product that was affordable. This example has gilded details on top, and I’ve made a few repairs to five of the petals—there are always chips to this kind of delicate piece—so it displays quite close to its original grandeur. It had very little damage to start with. There is also a hairline in the body that is barely visible through a gap in the flowers—very hard to see but I show that area in one of the photos. The gilding and all the decoration shows no wear and is in wonderful condition.
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