This is a 19th century Bohemian Czech art glass vase. The glassmaker is Harrach. The age is the 19th century, circa 1875.
The white spots in the photos are light glares.
The vase is 13” high, 8” long and 4 ½” wide.
The glass is brown, a color of glass that Harrach produced around the time period of the Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. The glass is described as being topaz-brown, which looks to me like a gray-brown or brown with highlights. The glass is not totally opaque as you can see the shadow of your hand through the glass, so it is more like an opal glass but not quite an opaline.
The shape is bulbous, tapering down to a round point between the four applied feet, and tapers in at the wide neck.
The enameling on the vase is beautiful, and the painting is in the form of a landscape or garden scene that reaches around on all sides of the vase. On the front, a song bird is perched on a sturdy branch. There are blossoms in shades of brown and pink. Rocks and large green leaves are painted around the bottom. The painting is of exceptional quality. Harrach is well known for exceptional artist enameling of their glass.
The four feet are applied and gilded in gold, with touches of white enamel for decoration. There is a little bit of wear and discoloration to the gold.
The gold around the rim of the mouth is mostly rubbed away.
If you need to confirm that the vase was produced and decorated by Harrach, I refer you to the book “From Neuwelt to the Whole World 300 Years of Harrach Glass”, edited by Jan Mergi and produced by the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. The glass vases produced by Harrach in the 1850s through the 1880s are exceptional masterpieces with respect to the shape, glass and decoration, about as high quality as you can get, and increasingly difficult to find in today’s antique marketplace.
I have other exceptional pieces of hand enameled Harrach in my shop. Just do a search in my shop for Harrach and you will find it.
There are no chips or cracks. There are some light scratches in the glass, indicative of the age of the piece.
The bottom of the vase is polished smooth, with some minor dimpling in the glass.
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