This is a large French Baccarat white opaline art glass vase that has been painted and gilded by master artists. The date is circa 1850.
The vase is quite large at 17” high and 9” wide at the widest part.
You need to zoom in and look at the photos carefully, and you will see that the painting, enameling and gilding was executed by master artisans at the highest level.
Up the front of the vase are raised gold branches. The gold is detailed by the gilder to show the texture of the bark. The branches have enameled flowers in raised white with detailed centers and gold flowers. On one branch is a tall winged cherub with golden hair and holding a lacy shawl. Around the neck and foot is more raised gold and enameled flowers. The background is painted in streaks of blue, so that you get the impression that the cherub is standing on a golden tree in Heaven, against the blue sky and white clouds. The back of the vase has a sprig of branches and flowers.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. The inside of the vase has age staining at the bottom. Inside the neck there is a dark line that is in the glass; this is not a crack or a repair, but a dark line due to age. The outside of the vase has scuffing due to age and wear. The gold trim at the mouth and foot show wear due to age.
Antique dealers are likely to claim a piece of French glass is Baccarat when it may not be. No, I can't point to a book reference for this vase, which is my preference. However, the pontil is large, round, indented and highly polished. Every piece of glass that I've sold that has been Baccarat circa 1850 has had this highly polished pontil, with the exception of pieces mounted to metal. If you don't see this polished pontil, then don't think Baccarat. Or if you are online and the seller doesn't provide a photo of the bottom or a description of the pontil, ask for a photo and description.
The bottom shows a lot of wear due to age in the form of scratches.
This piece is not signed by Baccarat.
Please expect this piece to look old because it is old.
I have more French art glass in my shop, including Baccarat.