This is a French art glass vase, rubena verde, sometimes spelled rubina verde, meaning the glass goes from green to ruby red or deep cranberry. The maker is Legras; a few French makers produced rubena verde during this time period, and Legras is known for the thick hand enameled decoration. The date is the 19th century, circa 1885 to 1890.
The vase is 8” high and 4 ½” wide.
The vase is paneled vertically.
The rim is polished flat and it is beveled slightly on each side. There is a small nick on the inside rim, shown in a photo, and a few pinprick nicks that can be felt. The gold trim is mostly worn away.
The decoration is in raised thick enamel, and it is one of wild pink roses on long stems. There are thorns on the stems. Some leaves are green, others are blue and pink. The green leaf on the far left, it is totally surround in yellow enamel, however it is not a full leaf, so not sure if the intent was for the leaf to be like that or not; there is no enamel residue so I believe the artist meant it to be a partial leaf. There is a lacy cobweb design between the blue and pink leaves and the lower pink roses.
It is tempting to identify the glass as being Bohemian because of the rim beveling, however the thick enamel style of hand decoration is what Legras produced.
There are some air bubbles in the glass.
The pontil is round, indented, and polished smooth. Over the pontil is hand lettered the number 3. To one side of the pontil is hand lettered the number 15.
Rubena verde glass in blown form from the 19th century is scarce and hard to find. The glass was originally invented by Hobbs, Brockunier & Company in Wheeling, West Virginia in the early 1880s, and within a few years the glass was being produced by a few Bohemian, French and English glassmakers. Hobbs produced mostly bowls and such, whereas across the ocean it was the decorative high end objects like this vase.
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