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Antique English Victorian / Art Nouveau Silver Plate & Uranium Opalescent Glass Trumpet Epergne by Thomas Webb. Circa pre – 1914.
There are very few who are not mesmerized by the beauty of English Victorian Uranium Opalescent glass of this quality by Thomas Webb, who were inarguably one of the most historically important glass factories ever, and their contribution to glass making development and incredible levels of glass working craftsmanship is legendary throughout the world, and here for your collection is a such piece.
It is a gorgeous & sublime item of Victoriana, which has used two separate factories to co-join into producing a usable display piece of exceptional quality and visual appeal.
The glass trumpet itself is unquestionably by Thomas Webb, and it has been meticulously free-blown, shaped & formed. Of particular note are the exterior vertical ribs of `wrythen' pattern, which are unwavering from top to bottom. The meticulously applied heat control used to ensure perfection & alignment of milky-white opalescence throughout the glass with exact precision is also an exceptional working achievement and a trade-mark of finest quality.
The silver plate metal holder, would have been made out of house and by an unknown factory, as the piece is unsigned or maker marked, however there are certain criterion that are evident upon the epergne, which satisfy that both are meant for each.
Firstly, the glass itself fits like hand into glove and was obviously produced by Thomas Webb to do so, according to the factories brief by the metal factory responsible for producing the base. Thomas Webb themselves did not once ever use factory numbers to any of their opalescent glass, and neither did any other English factory of the period, however etched in minute numerical script to the centre base of the glass trumpet is a number: 3. This very same number is also etched as just like its glass counterpart, upon the base of the silver plate metal stand. These two numbers, were undoubtedly applied either by the purchasing retailer or the metal factory, for the assembly workers to ensure that both would match and belong, before then being offered to the purchasing public.
Almost 100 years or more of wear & tear has done nothing to alter the qualities of this glass. It is as pristine as it left Thomas Webb, circa pre-1914. Only time and of course many years of polishing and/or perhaps water interference, has meant a slight loss of the silver plate as is shown, but what a glorious piece this still remains. It truly is a superb example of its type, which has an appeal and an investment that is timeless.
It combines symmetry,gracefulness,dignity & poise,all rolled-into-one, which offers an elegant & unobtrusive item of interior display,wherever or however it is suitably placed, and if I may say for myself:
"This piece is absolutely gorgeous."
Total height: 10.5 inches Trumpet length: 8 inches Top diameter: 4 inches Height of holder: 5 inches Foot diameter: 2.5 inches Postage weight: 1k 200gms
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