I thought it might be simple to find some info on this vase, but in the event I’ve not managed to find out anything at all, nor any match to it.
I'm guessing it may be Bohemian but wondered if there were any views on whether this could be French?
It measures 29.5cm tall by 10.5cm wide.
Mould blown quality base, cut and bevelled and polished rim that's been gilded. Rim width about 3.5mm. Solid 'opaline' or opaque pale blue glass.
The enamelling is superb. I presume it was made to mimic pâte-sur-pâte porcelain.
I’m meandering between 1890 and earlier for date – any thoughts on whether it might be earlier than 1890? The reason being that Sevres developed this technique c.mid 19th century and produced a porcelain vase called the Bertin vase which has scenes such as this on it. One has an underwater sea scene, another I’ve seen has birds and grasses/leaves on like this scene. (I’m linking a great picture of the Sevre pâte-sur-pâte vase with underwater scene and another with the land based scene on it, just because the vases are so very beautiful…do take a peek
The later vases (c.1890) I see seem to be all people type vases, in pâte-sur-pâte porcelain as well as the Bohemian glass ones in Truitt’s and others on the net. However the blue makes me wonder if it was mimicking Minton who it appears did do a blue pâte-sur-pâte and I think from what I read, there was a revival of this type of technique again later in the century.
The white enamelled vases with people on them from Muhlhaus in Truitt's Bohemian Glass 1880-1940 seem to be dated around 1890 - these are ones with children and people on them but none have a ‘scenic’ picture. There is a pair of plain blue opaque or opaline vases but the shape is not the same as they are straight cylinder vases.
The white is built up in layers from what I understand and fired between each layer. The detail is great, down to the feathers on the chest being ruffled to one side where the stork is pecking.
The applied cabochons are dark blue glass, over-enamelled initially in a thin white layer. This has the effect of making them appear pale grey against the pale blue body, with the dark blue 'eye' of the cabochon showing. They've then been further decorated with white enamel, which shows as white against 'grey' and the eye outline in gilt - very effective and pretty.
Any help much appreciated