This is a Bohemian Czech art glass vase. The glassmaker is Harrach. The date is the 19th century, circa 1878.
The vase is 15 3/8” high and 9” wide from handle-to-handle.
The glass is gray-beige, like opal glass, though Harrach may have another name for this type of glass, and you can see your hands through the glass when peering into the middle. The shape is one of a round ovoid body resting on a large round open foot. The neck is short and the rim is cut into arches or arcs. There are two applied side handles made of black glass with round thumbprint indentations on each side and decorated in hand painted gold; the black glass may be Hyalith glass; it is opaque.
Harrach is well known for the exceptional enameling of the glassmaker’s artists. This vase is just gorgeous with large colorful leaves, bright yellow flowers and bright white berries. There are some unavoidable light glares on the vase that may show as washed out areas on the enameling; however in reality the enameling is bright and vivid. The back of the vase has a long stem of bright leaves and white berries.
A gold design is painted around the rim and on the foot.
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, nicks or cracks other than one tiny fleabite nibble on the edge of the rim. There is age wear to the gold trim around the foot, the rim and the side edges of the black glass handles. There is a short fold line in the glass on the inside.
There is a red enameled number on the underside of the foot well that appears to me to be “14..” but might be another number.
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