We love all things Art Nouveau, and this gorgeous antique vase embodies the style absolutely perfectly.
The ceramic vase is quite substantial for its size, offering a very sturdy base for the extraordinary pewter overlay. It is finished in a positively resplendent dark teal.
Unlike later pieces dating from the Arts and Crafts era that used very thin sterling, the heavy layer of pewter at the top of the vase creates a beautiful marriage of substantial, functional metal and the delicate and graceful aesthetic of the design.
A smooth pewter rim around the top of the vase completes the look nicely.
Art Nouveau ceramics were heavily influenced by the Japanese and that is highly evident in the bi-chromatic, symmetrical design of this vase.
The pewter glows with an opulent patina that covers only the deeper-set areas of the pattern, giving it extraordinary depth.
Pewter was first used at the beginning of the bronze age; the earliest known piece of pewter was found in an Egyptian tomb that dates from 1450 B.C.
There is some glue near the bottom of the pewter on one side, but it is small. Overall, the vase is in very good antique condition.
There is a very light and very small mark on the underside of the vase.
All that can be made of the mark is a "P" and sword in a very light shade of green.
There is another letter on the other side of the sword, but it is indistinguishable.
The provocative shape of the base and pewter overlay make this vase a must-have for the discerning collector of Art Nouveau antiques.
This piece is really amazing. When ever you pass it, you will be compelled to touch it.
The finish is so smooth with a wonderful depth.
The contrast of the teal against the pewter is beautiful.
5 3/8" tall
Widest circumference is 9"
Pewter designs measures approximately 2 ¾"
Base measures 1 ½" in diameter
Weight: 10 oz.
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