This largest size jardiniere is very pretty, very feminine and in outstanding condition. Wave Crest is the most recognizable product from the Monroe Co. So much so that some believe the company to be called Wave Crest. Monroe opened his doors in approx. 1880 and sold imported glass ware. By approx. 1882 Monroe had evolved into a glass decorating studio but did not produce his own glass. He purchase Opal Ware items (an opaque white glass) from European and American companies. Depending on the plans for the piece and it's design the blanks could receive acid baths and or a mat or glossy painted surface color and in a few, rare cases no surface treatment at all. Wave Crest items were primarily done with flower transfers, occasionally with scenes and of course the ever popular cherubs of the period. The artists then added colors over the the transfers and could also add thicker enamel accents to make the decor look hand done. Although Wave Crest was Monroe's original product in his decorating line the company later added Kelva and Nakara (both similar to Wave Crest) as well as five other forms of glass ware. The company closed it's doors in 1916 and Mr. Monroe passed away in 1919.
Our jardiniere has been done with a mat finish yellow background. Our photos show the full jardiniere as a darker yellow with the piece not in direct light. The close ups of the flowers are done in front of a window with muted sunlight. So depending on where you place the jardiniere your yellow tone could be faint to light yellow. The background coloration is intact with no nasty scratches or abrasions.
The top border transfer pattern of somewhat heart shapes is in excellent condition with the occasional missing spot (Original to the item's finish). At a guess I would say the pattern is approx. 97% intact. The top rim has been accented with raised enamel dots called jewels. They have been viewed with a loupe and only one shows evidence of an actual chipped top surface. There are of course jewels that when they were made had flat or recessed/pitted tops. The floral transfers and their added hand painted accents are in excellent plus condition. With intense inspection you can find some occasional spots of very light color, missing or skips in the transfer pattern but it is impossible to tell if it is original to the transfers color depth or it's application on to the jar. I can tell you there is NO evidence of abrasion or wear in these spots! The enamel jewels done as an occasional accent to a flower or leaf are also excellent. You can find the occasional same uneven top surface as found on the top rim. In my inspection with a loupe there appears to be five jewels with chipped surfaces. But they are so not noticeable unless you inspect as they are 1/32" in size or smaller.
The glass is in excellent condition with no cracks, ugly chips, scratches. abrasions or repairs. The mold lines are not thick nor raised high but are very thin and very faint in their height. The interior top rim has a thin beveled edge that does have some original roughness to the touch. At that jewel with a chipped top surface there is also some flake shaped surface chips to the bevel that create a spot approx. 1/8" long. The bottom rim is all original with no touch ups.
The jardiniere has an approx. 8 3/4" top dia. rim and is approx. 10" thru the bulge. The bottom has a faint red Wave Crest mark that some call the "red banner" mark. There is a lovely and educational website that belongs to the Wave Crest Collectors Club. You can access it thru "Our Favorite Links" located on the right side of our Home Page found below the Email Shop button. The jardiniere is beautiful example of Wave Crest in super condition. It would look great with a live potted plant or fern as well as silk flowers in your home.
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