Vasa Murrhina is the name of a glassware made by the Vasa Murrhina Art Glass Company of Sandwich, Massachusetts, starting around the mid-1880's. The glassware was transparent and was embedded with small pieces of colored glass and metallic flakes. The mica flakes were coated with silver, gold, copper, or nickel. Some of the pieces were cased. The same type of glass was made in England. Collectors often confuse Vasa Murrhina glass with aventurine, spatter, or spangle glass. There is uncertainty about what actually was made by the Vasa Murrhina factory. Vasa Murrhina means "vessel of gems.
This gorgeous vasa murrhina vase, circa 1895, has a white cased lining which is covered with a multitude of colors, including deep burgundy, caramel, aqua and white, sprinkled with gold covered mica flakes. The vase was hand-blown into a mold and has a polished top rim. The piece measures 5 1/2" in height, 4" across at the widest part and 2 1/4" across the base. There are no cracks, chip or repairs; near mint.
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