This is a pair of English Thomas Webb art glass vases. The date is the 19th century, circa 1880.
The vases are a pink opaline on the inside and a clear glass on the outside with applied stems and flowers made of paste, a type of pottery or porcelain; the applied foliage is not glass, which makes the vases quite unique and rare, and might indicate a partnership of a Stourbridge glassmaker with a Staffordshire pottery maker.
The vases are 11" high, 2 ¼" wide at the mouth and 4 ¾" wide at the belly.
The shape of the vases is one of a lower belly with an indentation on each side, and a long cylindrical neck. The rim is round. The bottom is round and indented where a pontil would be. The clear glass over the pink has ribs, meaning the glass is mold blown, and the ribs spiral to the right.
The tiny paste flowers are painted blue and white with gold middles. The paste stems are gilded in gold. There are chips on the flowers and stems, which is to be expected and is an authentication of age. If one purchases either porcelain or glass with many applied porcelain or pottery flowers that is said to be 19th century, and there is no damage, then the piece is new, not old, as it is impossible for such pieces to get to be over 100 years old without any damage. There are also tiny leaves painted directly on the glass.
Around the top of each vase is a bad of gold with dots and swirls of white enamel in a design.
When I hold the vases and peer down into the interior, I can see my fingers right through the glass.
Here are the age related or glass processing flaws: 1)There was gold trim on the mouth and foot and it is now mostly gone; 2) There are chips to the applied paste flowers and stems as already noted, not each one certainly, but do look closely at the photos; 3)There is wear to the gold gilding on the stems; 4)Both vases have stains on the interior bottom, with the vase on the left much more than the vase on the right, and a tiny bit on the interior sides; 5)The vase on the left has what looks like a long crack in the clear glass, and I show it in a photo with red arrows, and it is NOT a crack but merely how the glass is; 6)There are scratches and wear to the outside of the glass; 7)The vase on the left has an odd shaped "Y" mark in the pink glass on the interior bottom where the pontil is; 8)There is age related estate residue around the applied stems and flowers that I did not attempt to clean; and 9)There is one fleabite nibble to the mouth on the left vase, and it appears to have been there for a long time, so potentially part of the glassmaking process. There are no chips, cracks, repairs or obvious nicks in the glass.
A number "5" is enameled on the edge of the foot on the left vase, however if it was on the right vase it has long since worn away.
I showed the pair of vases to an art glass dealer who has been in the business for 35 years and he agreed with me that the vases are Thomas Webb, circa 1880. The price listed is the price he suggested due to rarity.
English Thomas Webb 11” Pink Clear Pair Art Glass Vases Applied Paste Flowers & Stems c 1880
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