SoldThomas Webb & Sons (England)
'Moroccan' ('alabaster-cored') (c. 1870-1890)
Notes: Bottle form vase decorated in ‘Moroccan’ polychrome enamel by Thomas Webb & Sons, circa 1870-1890. Described in Thomas Webb’s 1879 sketch-book as “alabaster-cored,” this Aesthetic period vase draws heavily on the influences of the Islamic and Orientalist decorative traditions.
Reference: Manley, ‘Decorative Victorian Glass’ no. 185, “A vase for identification, most deceptive. The first impression is obviously French, but Thomas Webb’s records (sketch-book of 1879) describe them as alabaster-cored, with square top and enameled, and it is when a number are placed alongside each other that this is realized, all differ in some way.
Diminutive “Circus tent” vessel made by Alfredo Barbini, unsigned flat cut base, well documented décor, c. 1950. The slightly tapered form is made of a lattimo (opaque white) glass interior, with orange a canne (long stripes of glass cane), gold aventurine, all held within a clear outer casing. The mouth is scalloped with six indentations crimped between each orange cane. The clear layer amplifies the vibrant contrasting colours and helps to illuminate the dusting of gold encouraging it to sparkle in the light.
The alienesque form of this British art glass vase is particularly unique in its expression. With cased white over fleshy pink egg form body, and pulled crimped mouth it exhibits an organic nature not often found in Victorian rose bowls.
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