This is a Bohemian Czech cranberry, pale ruby or red art glass vase. The date is circa 1880.
The vase is cylindrical. It is 6 ½” high and 2 ¼” wide at the bottom.
The front is hand enameled in white and shows a boy standing next to a tree. The back of the vase has a sprig of foliage in the same white enamel; this sprig shows handling wear.
Mary Gregory decoration is white enamel painting on art glass. Most of this decoration on antique glass was done in Bohemia between 1880 and 1920; this type of decoration started around 1815 and continues today, but the more modern post war techniques are evident because the characters are out of proportion and the detail isn’t clear, for example the head will be over-sized. The quality of the painting on the antique glass is determined by the detail and how many firings it went through. The white enamel decoration isn’t all children at play and adult figures, as there are bird and butterfly motifs, rural scenes, deer in a forest, etc.
Mary Gregory decoration is also called “Painted Cameo” or “Poor Man’s Cameo.”
The rim is crenellated and covered in gold.
The pontil is round, indented and smooth.
The bottom shows age wear and scratches, some indentations in the glass, and one tiny nick in the glass. There are no other chips, nicks or cracks.
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