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Amazing 12” Bristol Mantel Vase ~ Decorated with Flowers and Gold Gilt ~ England late 1800’s
We have placed a jared candle inside and the glow it gives off is beautiful!!! Gives the room a soft luminous feel.
A soft butter cream yellow satin background gave the artist a fresh pallet to create on. Brilliant enamel colors were used, including viridian greens, lemon yellow, light red, ultramarine blue, mauve, and violet to create the wonderful floral motif. Raised enamel was used to outline and highlight portions of the leaves and flowers. Some have gold applied and others are white adding a nice mixture. Gold gilt flowers were painted amongst the brightly flowers. These are slightly worn so please see pictures. They have accented the flora with outlines in raised gold gilt. The top is also gilt in a spatter effect over a taupe background. The base is decorated with to luster taupe bands. It is rare to find this type of gilt work on these pieces. This is a very well executed and beautiful piece of artistry. This piece is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Manufacturing anomalies may exist, the occasional tiny iron speck, dust 'bump' in the glaze, etc.
Fine old opaque white glass was made at Bristol as early as 1745, but their finest glass was made between 1762 and 1787. There were fifteen glasshouses at that time. Deep blue, pale green, and clear glass was also manufactured, but the opaque white glass made Bristol famous. It was made to imitate fine porcelain and was decorated by the same men who decorated Bristol china. The designs are similar to that on Bristol Delft of an earlier date. Authorities disagree on the exact appearance of Bristol white glass. That it should have a dense appearance similar to porcelain is positive; whether or not it should have any opalescence is a question. The finest pieces do not have any glow but are creamy white. There are no streaks or marbling. The surface is fine, smooth, and soft in texture, and white Bristol glass is thin although it has the appearance of being thick and heavy. The pontil mark resembles porcelain and is solid white and creamy, not bluish. The decoration on the finest Bristol pieces is enameled and fired, but some ordinary articles were painted with oil color and were not baked. Bristol opaque white glass is thin and brittle. It was known as enamel glass, and the name referred to the process, not the decoration.
Measures: 12” H x 6” W
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