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Stunning Pair of Crystal and Silver Covered Vases ~ circa 1795-1811 ~ Johannes A. Van der Toorn -The Hague
It is unbelievable that this beautiful pair of sweet meat jars are still in one piece for their age and being glass. The glass is very thick and has been cut with thumb prints and concave flutes designs up the sides and on the rim. The rim is rolled and has a Greek key like design, sometimes referred to as castellated, and strongly suggest the parapets (battlements) on a fortified castle. It has been defined as "an alternating high and low parapet at the top of a wall". The heavy glass sits in a wide silver tiered base. If sitting together they appear to be different in height. But from top to bottom they measure the same. The maker extended the finial on one to compensate for the difference in the others proportions. The base has three ring designs around the rim. The silver base has two hallmarks on base rim. There is an indistinct markers mark of " IAT" conjoined. "Johannes A.Van der Toorn" the Hague 1795-1811. It also has the Duty mark of a script-letter "I" used 1906 + This mark was sometimes mistakenly used on old and foreign objects, and in 1927 also used on objects of old Dutch National origin. This duty mark was for an unknown, un-guaranteed standard of silver fineness.
Please see our centerpiece vase that matches these two beauties!! VAS144 is pictured last.
Hallmark: Duty Mark and IAT
Measures: 14 ¼" H x 7 ½" W
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