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Offline pfpowls

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Webb (?) cameo and intaglio vase
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:31:57 PM »
Hello, hope someone out there has some information or suggestions they could give me about this piece of glass.  I think it's Webb because the only other place I've been able to find a similar photograph of the same type of glass is in Christopher Woodall Perry's book about George and Thomas Woodall.  On page 57 in the upper right-hand corner is a vase with a gilded top from the Runyon collection in the Forsythe Gallery at Texas A&M here in the states.  Where the illustrated example has three cameo tulips and intaglio wild roses that wrap around them, mine has a tulip, a poppy, and a lotus; the difference being that mine has five different flowers in intaglio that wrap around and cut through the cameo sections: a wild rose, a clover, lily of the valley, and what I think is forget-me-nots.  I believe mine was originally what they referred to as a type of lamp, but the base is long gone, and only a 'stump' is left on the bottom where the pontil mark would normally be.  Does anyone know anything about cameo on flint glass, with the intaglio?  I wondered when it was made, or was it possibly by Fritsche since he was an expert in intaglio?  The body of the vase itself is glossy, or polished like it was rock crystal, but the cameo itself is matte except around the outer edges, and the intaglio carvings are polished as well.  One odd thing about the vase is the thickness of the glass, which is almost a half-inch.  I believe it was made well before the 'art nouveau' psuedo-cameo done after 1910 by Kny that frequently comes up for auction.  The shading is well done and the skill is obvious- wish the pictures could be much larger so the details showed better, but there it is.  Any ideas or suggestions would be deeply appreciated!
Hugh


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Re: Webb (?) cameo and intaglio vase
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 12:33:51 AM »
Hello Hugh and welcome,beautiful vase,does look like Webbs,it reminds me of the  faux cameo they did,I'm surprised a high quality piece like this isn't marked,there are a number of people on the board who may know who it is so lets see........ ;D


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Re: Webb (?) cameo and intaglio vase
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012, 03:35:42 AM »
I'm very glad I found the site.  It took me a week how to figure out just what to do to reduce the pictures to the size the board allowed- four different tries before I finally got it right.  I just wish transparent glass was easier to take a photo of so it showed up well where the carving is!  I feel certain that is it had had a signature it would have been on the part that's gone from the bottom.  It doesn't quite sit level or completely flat, but then again I rarely take it out of its box in the closet either!


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Re: Webb (?) cameo and intaglio vase
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2012, 01:55:08 PM »
A picture of the base and dimensions might also help ;D


 

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