This is a 19th century English art glass vase that is 13 ½” high and 6” wide at the belly. The date is circa 1870. The maker is Thomas Webb.
The glass is white on the inside and a dark red on the outside.
The vase is hand enameled painted in shades of raised gold with two birds on a branch, and lots of leaves, buds and other branches. In identifying the region of the vase, the English are more known for this type of raised gold decoration than other regions. For example, I refer you to the book, “Victorian Decorative Glass” by Mervyn Gulliver, pages 240 and 241.
The gold is in excellent condition. The second bird shows some gaps in the gold on one wing, but it may be intentional, that the artist showed some space between the wing and the body, or perhaps it is wear due to age. There is wear to the gold trim around the rim.
The rim is mostly flat, and perhaps slightly rounded. The pontil is round, deeply indented, polished, and it shows a bit of the casing through the outer layer of glass; some experts believe when the white shows through at the pontil, that it is a mark of Thomas Webb. Over the pontil are numbers and letters handwritten in gold, to show who the painter was.
The bottom shows a lot of scratches and wear due to age. There are no chips, nicks or cracks in the glass.
There are light glares in the photos, due to the color of the glass being so bright and vivid.
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