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Author Topic: Etruscan vase bright azure blue opaline c1850,what is the picture,which country?  (Read 23051 times)

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I have been doing some more searching on this -  after many years of researching and reading  ;D  - and come to a conclusion.

I've found a vase (no longer listed unfortunately) that was sold on ebay in 2019.  It's marked Richardson vitrified and I believe it is one of the pieces as quoted in Jason Ellis's book page 327 which references that W.H., B. and J. Richardson were awarded the Royal Society of Art's Gold Isis Medal in 1847.
https://picclick.co.uk/W-H-B-J-Richardson-Vitrified-Blue-392204127851.html


The reference is part of a longer piece but I'm quoting the part specific to what I believe is the vase I've seen listed on ebay:
Quoted section removed as requested by OP.

This piece quoted refers to 1847 and of course Richardson may have continued to improve it's coloured glass by c. 1850 ish, but there is nothing in the whole information on pages 326 and 327 of that book, nor anything I've seen or found over the years of searching for this, to indicate Richardson's were producing the colour of blue opaline glass of my vase around that time.

For the moment then, I conclude that although the shape of the vase and top neck and rim are remarkably similar to many Richardson white opaline 'Etruscan' vases produced in that period, this was not produced at Richardson's glass c. 1850.

I don't think it is English glass because of the blue opaline and the shape of the stem and foot.  If it is English, I think it can only have been produced much later because of the blue opaline but against that however, it's my opinion the enamelling and decoration and the stem and foot leads me to believe it was produced c.1850 ish.

So, off to other climes with this one :)

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Came across this very interesting piece -

A green 'Chrysoprasglas' (uranium opaline glass) jug attributed to 'Annathal bei Schüttenhofen (zugeschrieben), um 1840-50.'

The jug is vertically panel cut with wide panels.  Each alternate panel is painted with a matt biscuit coloured background and finely handpainted with  scenes.  The way they are painted is intricate and detailed using paints and inks.  It isn't the same as the fine detailed line depiction on my vase which may have been done using a 'pen'. 

This is the first time I've found a piece from this period which appears to have the same biscuit coloured enamel background painted on.  It's described by the seller as a 'white' background

https://antikes-glas.de/glas-boehmen/seltene-kanne-eingefaerbtem-alabasterglas-emailmalerei-wohl-annathal-p-2496.html
Antikes Glas Neuwirth describe it as (google translate)

'Rare jug made of colored alabaster glass (so-called chrysoprase glass), offset multi-faceted foot, on the multi-faceted wall in gold and colorful enamel painting on a white background, depictions of mythical creatures and angels surrounded by floral bundles, leaves and tendrils, multiple, faceted, attached ears with gold line decor. Bottom with a dislocated demolition. Kanne is in a cured state.
Böhmen, Annathal bei Schüttenhofen (attributed), around 1840-50.
Height: approx. 24.8 cm, diameter: approx. 17.0 cm.'


My vase would certainly be the quality of Annathal bei Schüttenhofen glass  but it also indicates this type of matt biscuit enamelling background was done in the period 1840-1850 in Bohemia.

There is also a becher in matching style:
https://antikes-glas.de/glas-boehmen/seltener-becher-eingefaerbtem-alabasterglas-emailmalerei-wohl-annathal-p-2497.html

link to a close up of the biscuit coloured enamel painting on my vase:
https://www.glassmessages.com/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=53085.0;attach=132748;image


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Kirk's outlines

Just adding this plate from Kirk's Outlines published 1804 as I came to search the thread and couldn't find any link to it.
It's the picture on my vase which we know is taken from Kirk's and not another source, because the drawing is exactly the same and the lion's paw is covering Hercules' modesty:

https://www.akg-images.com/archive/-2UMEBMBJYBGW0.html

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Just adding because it's turquoise blue opaline glass
finger rinser
V&A collection (from Jermyn Street collection?)
black and white pic
Turquoise blue opaline glass with gilded picture and picture has a ground (man carrying pitchfork/garden tool and basket of flowers walking towards house)
First quarter 19th century
French
https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O1285/wine-glass-cooler/?carousel-image=1

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