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French Pair 11” Art Glass Vases Pink & White Opaline Hand Painted Women Birds c 1880
This is a pair of tall French art glass vases that are exceptionally well hand painted. The date is the 19th century, circa 1880.
The vases are about 11 ¼” high and 4 ¾” wide.
The glass is pink opaline over white opaline. The French glassmakers are well known for their production of opaline glass during this time period. Peering down in the vase, you can see the pink glass through the white glass.
On the front of each vase is hand painted a female in period dress. Do look at the close-up photos because the hand painting is very well executed. There are glimmers of gold. Each female is set in a rectangle with a raised beaded border. At one lower corner, is a bird in flight against foliage. Everything is painted in dark shades. Around the bird paintings is another border of raised enamel. There are sprays of flowers and leaves, with touches of raised enamel. What is different about the paintings is that the figures and foliage are painted in flat paint, versus the typical raised enamel.
One vase has the remnants of gold trim. The other vase appears to have never had any gold trim at all.
The vase with the gold trim has a small chip or flake on the rim, and some smaller nicks and flakes that the camera can’t pick up. The other vase has no nicks or chips on the rim.
The rim is flat. The bottom is slightly indented and smooth.
There are a few small ash flecks in the bottom interior glass of the vase with the gold trim. Both vases have a few glass dimples and air bubbles.
This pair of vases is old, so please expect it to look old.
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