The very pretty white enamel vignette painted on the French blue opaline depicts delicate spring flowers and floating butterflies. This charming small vase originates from Paris and dates towards 1880.
It is easy to imagine this elegant piece on a beautiful dressing table in Paris! It has all the wonderfully delicious appointments of accessories from the era. The base has three gilded metal feet. Each foot has a curved “toe” with a “grotesque” mask at the top. The feet attach to gilded metal teeth which hold the vase onto the support.
The blue opaline vase is in the much-loved French blue color. The size was made to hold a single flower or a small bouquet. Hand painted enamel depict the most exuberant floral bouquet, most elegant in the snow white hue. Daisies, large and small leaves and floating butterflies give a small breath of spring to the vase. Small bits of hand painted gilt accent the design. There is one tiny white floating butterfly on the back of the shoulder of the vase. Bits of hand painted gilt line the neck and the top of the vase.
It measures: 6 3/4” tall, the “mouth” of the vase1 5/8” in diameter, the opaline base 2” in diameter, the width of the feet side to side is 3”. The vase survives in very good antique condition. There is loss to the hand painted gilt as described, normal to age and use. The white enamel design is in very good condition with little loss. The opaline shows no cracks or chips. The gilded metal frame is solid.
It is a charming little piece which would add a little bit of elegant 19th century Parisian life to any dressing table or desk.
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