If you like tropical birds -- this is for you (or a great gift for a friend who does)!
Incredibly thin and delicate, this early 1900s hand decorated powder box is amazingly free from chips, flakes or cracks! It is extremely thin glassware with a translucent, pale yellow, fired-on color covering the outside of clear glass, resembling the "Rainbow" glassware produced by Anchor Hocking beginning in the 1930s. It also rather resembles "custard glass." There is no artist signature anywhere.
On the lid are two bright red macaws or parrots. They are hand painted, as is the branch on which they're perched and leaves in the air. They are incredibly realistic, just as they must look in a rain forest jungle. Interestingly, the palm trees and building on the far right in the background are scratched through the surface color -- they look far away, made so by the pale clear glass showing through. The knob is also clear, but it has a frosted surface.
SIZE - Approximately 5 inches across. The larger bird on the left is about 4 inches long. Height from the table top to the top of the knob is approximately 4 inches.
CONDITION is amazing - no damage to anything except an inconsequential flake or two out of the color here and there. When we ran a fingernail around BOTH top and bottom rims, there were only some lightest scuffs -- NOTHING on which to catch a fingernail. Absolutely NO cracks, chips or flakes, and no repairs.
This would be wonderful with a big fluffy powder puff and dusting powder - its original purpose. It would be perfect to grace a bureau or dresser top.
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