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I have been seeing many messages about pieces with prunts. This vase I have has prunts that look like they were applied with a pastry bag. In my other life as a baker you can see why that would come to mind.
Anyway the vase is 8 1/2 inches tall, has a ground but not polished pontil. My question, oh dear going to get technical, is how do prunts get applied? Oh and if anyone knows anything about this piece, well thats icing on the cake. Terry

hi Terry

i dont know who it was made by, but the prunt's were most likley put on as a small blob of glass then pushed down with a small mould tool

:D I love the idea of someone putting molten glass prunts on with an icing bag!   :lol:

Perhaps one made of asbestos might work (but somehow I think not!  :lol:  :roll: )

Now I expect Adam will come along and tell me that's exactly how they *did* do it  :shock:  :oops:  :shock:


With regard to prunts on pressed glass:

If you look at this auction (it's one of the celery vase/traubenspulers!) for a Brockwitz Curved Star celery vase, you'll see the prunts around the bottom of the item.

This is pressed glass and the pattern is intaglio on the surface of the glass, with the exception of the prunts which are cameo and stand out. To achieve that, the shape would have been cut into the mould (Note the rest of the intaglio design was proud on the mould). Thus the glass would fill the shape of the prunts and appear cameo on the surface.

I hope this makes sense (it's not easy to put into words).


Just musing on a (pointless?) point of interest ...

Since I happen to have a couple of examples of the "Curved Star" celery vases (in clear, rather than coloured / iridised), I re-checked the prunts for any mould marks.

Sure enough, the four prunts that coincide with the four-part mould edges do show evidence of the moulding line but it is not easy to see this without a magnifier and also getting the light just right. Another point that "confirms" the integral pressed prunts on these items is that all eight prunts are in perfect alignment around the body, both vertically and horizontally.

So ... given that these vases are made in a 4-part mould, I wonder if the design could have ben altered slightly such that none of the prunts would have shown mould lines and given us collectors an opportunity to wonder whether these were later-applied.

Hmm. So much for the strange thoughts that pass through my brain in idle moments  :)


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