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Pastoral Scene Guilloche Enamel & Glass Dresser Jar
This lovely jar is unmarked but probable Austrian circa 1930. The top is a lovely very pastel yellow over an engine turned (a form of machined pattern) white metal lid. The enamel lid has a hand painted 1 1/8" dia. scene that has been accented with applied gold foil under the clear topcoat. (An addition to the enamel done only to the best pieces.) The enamel has no chips, cracks or repairs. With a 10 power loop you can find the normal, occasional, surface only, minuscule nick/scratch. The rim of the metal lid was originally gold washed. The gold wash has worn off the high points. The metal (probable nickel) lid has no dents, rips, tears or repairs. It does have the occasional 1/64" nick to it's surface. The decorated glass jar has been hand finished-polished. It has 10 paneled sides with identical wheel cut designs (see photo # 5 ). It then has 10 more, smaller undecorated panels that slant down to the base of the jar (see photo # 6) giving the jar a footed feel. The base of the jar has been cut with the standard star & has wear consistent to age & being moved across a table. The glass jar has no cracks or repairs. The top rim has 2 nicks approx 1/16" & 1/32" which of course are unseen when lid is on. You can of course also find with intense inspection the normal, occasional 1/64" flea bites from usage. At a facet edge that is between the 2 different size panels on the smaller underneath panel there is a flake shaped chip. It is 5/16" long x 3/16" wide (see photo # 7). Because it is on the underneath panel when jar is sitting on a table you do NOT see it! I also found on a 7/8" side facet between 2 of the underneath panels a 1/2" abrasion to the facet (see photo # 8). This appears to be a workmasters flaw. At first look you don't see it unless you hold the jar at correct angle. And of course since it is on the underneath section you can't see it when jar is sitting on the table. This lovely jar has a lid dia. of 3 7/16". The jar at widest point is 4 1/4" dia. It is approx. 2 3/4" tall.
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