Ivo,Mike I probably should keep my thoughts to myself lol, and this is a sidetrack from my vase a bit, but I found it curious that in neither Le Genie Verrier de L'Europe (Cappa)and in The Art of French Glass ( Bloch Dermant) are there pictures of Auguste Jean vases with animals actually applied to the glass as opposed to forming the feet.
I'd have thought in at least one of those volumes they would have included a piece with an applied animal on the body of the vase if he did make those (obviously , I know it depends on what material they had access to at the time of writing of course, but still).
In addition, I have found another vase with an applied lizard that looks to be by the same hand as the two I linked to (not the Collectors Weekly one) and is in a museum collection - but none of the three vases show any signature nor do they mention being signed.
Those vases, the two with the neat detailed and beautifully enamelled lizard and the one with the frog, which are applied to the body of the vase with pads under the feet have irked me. They are different I think to the one posted on Collectors Weekly as Harrach. So I've had another very good look around and found a vase in Victor Arwas that has an applied tortoise, very beautifully enamelled and with the round pads under the feet. It's difficult to tell because the picture shows quite small, but it looks to me very like the same hand - according to Arwas The Art of Glass Art Nouveau to Art Deco, this applied tortoise vase is by Philippe-Joseph Brocade - it has an amethyst drip rim.
So...I'm wondering if perhaps Auguste Jean did not make vases with animals applied to the body of the vase at all? or is it just that I cannot find a signed reference? Do you know of any?
Sorry, I know this is slightly off track