Extremely rare, and extremely lovely. This is a French Baccarat crystal cameo art glass vase. The date is circa 1900.
I refer you to the book “Baccarat” by Jean-Louis Curtis. On pages 248-249, 252-253 and 261, you will see examples of this crystal cameo work. Only one piece is shown that is cranberry over green, on page 249; you can find photos of the vase shown on page 249 on the internet. The glass is described as being “moss-coloured crystal cased with pink crystal, etched and gilded.” I provide a photo of the vase on page 249 for your comparison if you do not own this wonderful book.
The vase for sale here is 4 ½” high, 1 3/8” wide at the mouth and 3” wide foot-to-foot on the bottom.
The bottom is sterling silver and hallmarked on the bottom with marks and Sterling 925 Fine; you can view the marks in the last photo and determine the country and maker that made the base for Baccarat, or perhaps it was Baccarat that made the glass for the silvermaker. The sterling came to me encrusted with decades of tarnish and patina, totally black; I got a lot of the black off so that the ornate design work and the sterling marks can be seen, but left some so that you will believe me that there was a lot of it; the buyer will need to finish the polishing of the sterling silver. The vase is a match to the base, and not something done later in the life of the glass, but a match done at the time of production.
The glass is incredible. Remember, the glass is crystal. It is cranberry or pink glass over green glass. The flowers are roses because 1)you can see thorns on the stems, and 2)the leaves are those belonging to rose shrubs. On the front is a rose in full bloom with stems and leaves twining to the left and the right. There is a rosebud near the top, and two rosebuds on the right. The glass is cut down to make the delicate pattern, and a master gilder applied gold. The green glass is entirely hand etched. There are shades of cranberry glass around the lower neck and body, and darker towards the base.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks.
Do your homework and check the rarity of this glass; the rarity is high, very high.
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