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Offline Watcherinla

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Identifying glass vase from Austria
« on: December 16, 2012, 11:36:49 PM »
I puchased a vase at an auction and it is handblown.   The mark is etched in the bottom and try as I might, I cannot identify the maker.   Any help is appreciated.

The lettering say 'Austria'    and 'V1~1933'    There are 2 marks.   One is a capital 'D' and the second is an old English 'D'.

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012, 07:29:10 AM »
Welcome to the board. Seeing the vase as well would be helpful please

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012, 07:32:26 AM »
Welcome to the board. Your interpretation of German Gothic seems to be a bit shaky. One letter is the V, the other a C - but in any case, someone will come along and interpret these correctly.
Meanwhile, be so kind as to post a photograph of the piece itself, not just the underside. Please also consider that the inscription may not have anything to do with the maker of the vase. It could be a marriage date, for instance.

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria --- Picture of the vase
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2012, 11:13:47 AM »
Sorry... the only photo that I had of the vase was too big to post.   I made a smaller one.   The vase is about 12 inches high and the spot in the middle is almost like an oxidized glass.  I'm new to the glass world so please pardon my lack of expertise.   The picture is a bit deceptive.  There are no cracks in the glass at all.

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2012, 11:20:54 AM »
Sorry cant help with the attribution but what a lovely piece of glass looks quallity ???

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2012, 11:26:28 AM »
Hmmmm.... just puzzled here.

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2012, 11:34:29 AM »
The vase is really a puzzle.  Under a light, the colors just glow.   It was purchased at an auction but no one seemed to have any information about it.   

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 11:47:22 AM »
Resize a high res photo so that the longest dimension is 700 pixels; that usually gives a good result and one that blows up so we can see detail. The apparent date and style seem somewhat incongruous. As does the fact that the writing is engraved, apparently using a stencil, rather than acid etched. How is the top finished?

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 01:43:56 PM »
Here is a picture of the top.  Sorry, I don't have a higher resolution photo --- not the best camera in the world.   The top is very smooth with no cracks or chips.   I should also mention that this is a heavy piece too.  It has to weigh about 3 or 4 pounds.   

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Re: Identifying glass vase from Austria
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2012, 06:03:36 PM »
Your vase itself looks like a bit of studio glass - the rim is heat finished, the body not fully round, but a tiny bit "wonky" (to me wonky is good.)

The surface decoration seems to have beeen achieved with the use of both silver chloride and tin metal - very much my style of beast - but I'm clueless as to how such an inscription came to be on it - the studio glass movement did not "officially" start until '62, but things such as this were being made in the 60's by artists who were working behind the Iron curtain, using the factory facilities as a studio glass artist would have done in a studio with only their small pot - for example, there are a couple of fabulous one-off vases by Feliks Nawrocki from 1965 in Wroclaw museum, both decorated with silver chloride and tin.
Cheers, Sue (M)

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