Stunning antique iridescent art glass vase with a Vienna Secessionist / Jugendstil period shape and metal mount. The vase is of a rounded square shape and the glass has green and blue vertical stripe decoration. The textured surface is known as Frit Decor and is achieved by rolling the hot glass piece on tiny colored glass chips and then reheating it. The metal mount, apparently bronze, has a reddish patina the color of copper and is decorated on each of its four corners, with realistic owl heads within a beaded border of grapes and vine leaves. Large metal rings hang from each of the four owl beaks. Owls were a favorite Secessionist period ornament and can also be seen in emblematic architecture of the period such as the facade of the Viennese Secession Building (whose decoration is attributed to Koloman Moser ). The shape of the vase itself is also typical of the more geometrical Viena style as opposed to its French counterpart, the flowery Art Nouveau. Unmarked as antique European art glass often is, we have seen similar items attributed to various Austrian and Bohemian makers. In very good condition as shown. Shipped fully insured with tracking number.
Measurements: 6 5/8" tall (26.8 cm) approximately.
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