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In the field of glass in particular, people have often asked me what kinds of glass they should collect?
To me the answer is simple:
Purchase the glass which you LIKE, what you can live with & love and at prices to suit your own budget... NEVER purchase for just profit. Seldom will you win, and then what are you left with? An item that is not wanted or adored.
My OWN golden rule to myself has always been: "If I cannot LIVE with it, then I forget it." As only then, shall I never be disappointed with my purchases. Whether or not it has cost me a half of a dollar or many thousands.
Victorian era free-blown glass offers the above freedom of choice and in so many ways. Sa wide variety of glass-types exist to a collector and one can soon build a collection of which all pieces are unique, and form a display which is almost second to none in its diversity. There is something for everyone, be it European or American, and some of the most amazing of free blown glass that was ever produced, were and still are from the Victorian period, and none perhaps more-so than those which were produced in England.
England was the very place where countless glass making skills were developed, designed and patented by numerous highly skilled glass-works of the Victorian era. Way long before the true onset of mass produced pressed or molded glass, these wonderful free blown examples make beautiful decorative display items and can be an affordable luxury to collect. They also hold their value and are recognised for their important contribution within the history of glass.
Here for your collection is such an example. A beautifully produced decorative Victorian glass vase with spiral appliqué, designed & developed by one of many firms based in Stourbridge, England. c1880's. It is also unique.
This exceptional crafted vase is cased pink-rib-cane over white and displays many glass making skills in its formation.
Its body is gourd shaped. Mouth blown into a wooden "peg mold" to achieve its bulbous form. It has perfect symmetry & height and is complemented by a frilled top and of course the crystal spiral of appliqué, which has been applied to adhere whilst working on the vase before cooling. The entire having been wrythen patterned with clear crystal ribs. The above working procedures are difficult techniques to achieve with uniformity. Particularly on vases of this size.
Particular note is also the design of the frilled top of this piece. Thoughtfully raised at the back of the vase to allow for a narrow shelf or a window sill display.
It has a partially ground, unpolished pontil to the base and it is offered to you here completely free of any damage... ...Which is not bad for an item of glass of such exquisitely executed beauty of which also exceeds 140 years of age, and was produced before any of us were born.
I started this page with an answer to a question...
...This vase goes even further, as it is Classy-Glass quality, at an affordable price, and is appealing to all tastes & displays. And yes, it shall also very much indeed, provide you with more than just profit for your investment as it is also breath-takingly gorgeous to "live with" each & every day.
Height: 10 inches (25cms) Widest diameter: 4.75 inches (12cms) Top diameter: 3.75 inches (9.5cms) Base diameter: 2.25 inches (6cms) Postage weight: *2k 500g *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request.
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