I have a pair(one is broken so it's a shelf piece) of 19th Century 16'' X 7''(round) glass vases. Blue ground with a woman raised in relief(like a very large cameo).
I know next to nothing about antique artistic glass.
Let me begin by saying that until I read MOSER ARTISTIC GLASS(Baldwin) I would have had no idea about Miss Blue, the vase. The Blue pair and additional glass pieces belonged to my great grandmother. I hold a letter from my great grandfather on Carlsbad/ Moser stationery, dated 1889, which, unfortunately, does not speak about glass but about matters back in Chicago.
Miss Blue, the unbroken vase has a partial label(shown) which I cannot make. Either a H, K, or R + L.[period]+whatever is missing. VERY small paper label, perhaps 1'' in length. Black ink on buff or toned paper.
Reading the Baldwin book(I do have a 29'' Moser --which I, unceremoniously, have always called The Root Beer Vase-- c. 1889, vase on a base. Each of those two pieces carries a label(double eagles Ludwig Moser + 613 in gilt paint, for what I suppose could be the specific decorator?). It was The Root Beer which caused me to purchase the book. I am like Gretal in the forest following bread crumbs for Miss Blue.
I confess that now my curiosity has the better of me.
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IFF I am comprehending correctly what Baldwin wrote, then there is a possibility that the blue vase was either retailed or created and retailed by Moser. Maker of the glass, if the vase dates to c. 1889, and if Bohemian glass, could be one of many Bohemian glassworks. A puzzle.
The Blue glass vase is substantial(sandwiched?) and heavy. Round glass gilt feet.
My appraiser wrote : on blue glass etched a Victorian woman in white, abstract darker lines form patterns and flowers are found on verso. She ID-ed it as ''Mary Gregory'' but the appraiser had a wide variety of items to consider: no one can be an expert on everything; I've done some subsequent reading about MG works, and I now believe that the term Mary Gregory , often, denotes a style--just as Kleenex has become a generic term for tissue products by other manufacturers.
I would appreciate any guidance anyone could lend.
Is Miss Blue Moser?
Is Miss Blue Mary Gregory?
Is miss Blue made by an unknown-and the label relates to a retailer?
Thank you for your time!
15 No 2012 10:10 a.m. Pacific time