This is a pair of French white opaline vases, unknown maker, from the 19th century, circa 1860 - 1870.
The vases are 11 ¾" high, 5 ¾" wide at the belly and 3 3/8" wide at the mouth.
The glass is very light as old glass from this time period typically is.
The vases have a round foot, an ovoid body and a short wide neck.
The ground is green, darker at the top and bottom, and lighter in the middle.
The front of each vase is painted with a swan or water bird on a pond, with a beach and a path going through painted trees to a metal gate in the distance; the sky is cloudy. Up each side of the hand painted picture is the trunk of a tree, with the leaves of the trees at the top. There are raised embellishments on the pictures to provide texture, not enamel on all of it, but other things, more like a paste on the tree trunks, raised enamel at the corners and the metal gate is in raised relief also.
The rim of the mouth is polished flat; there is no side beveling. The pontil is smooth, round and slightly indented.
The white opaline glass is beautiful and you can see through the glass from the inside to the outside.
Here are the flaws, all consistent with age and to be expected. There are no chips, nicks or cracks. The white opaline glass shows through the green ground in some places. There are some pale brown streaks over the green in some places, mostly the back of the vases, and slightly visible in the photos on the vase on the left, which gives some discoloration. The bottom interior of the vases has some stains. There was ornamental gold on the rim, around the neck and around the foot and it is 99% gone.
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