Vase, white opaline glass, probably French, 19th Century


This small vase is of Neoclassical amphora form, similar to that of the Portland Vase, in that it is also made of glass and has two applied handles either side of a flared neck.

The main body of the vase is painted in the manner of 18th-Century Sèvres with four colourful birds and blue and gold feuilles-de-choux, or cabbage leaf decoration. One bird in flight holds a leafy branch in its beak, whilst two birds with outstretched wings carry branches in their claws. The fourth bird rests on a leafy branch. The feathered blue and gold scroll decoration is linked by four floral swags containing roses and other colourful flowers. Beneath this is an undulating solid band of turquoise enamel, between gilt lines, the top of each undulation surmounted by a small pink rose.

The neck and shoulder area is enamelled in blue with oeil-de-perdrix decoration above two red bands entwined with a wavy gilt line. The gilt-lined handles are decorated with gilt foliate and dot designs, the handle terminals with gilt line surrounds the lip.

Spurious blue interlaced LLs enclosing the date-letter Z for 1777, above the initials E.B.

Condition: No damage, just expected minor surface wear, including to the gilt decoration on the handles and lip.

Dimensions: Height 15 cm

Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Glass, David Battie & Simon Cottle, Eds. (Conran Octopus, 1995).


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