Cyril Manley showed one of these vases in his book Decorative Victorian Glass
- item 63. He described it as:
A Richardson specimen, a much earlier piece than I thought when I acquired it. The body is their early citrine, and the lizard is hand-made. Notice the 4 stubby feet and blurred edges. c. 1870. 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in) high.
When I saw the photos here I thought that perhaps these had come from the Manley collection, originally auctioned off in 1986 (I think it was that year). But there are differences in the postions of the lizard and the shapes of the rim decoration. However, the colouring of the vase and of the lizard, the feet and the drop decoration, is identical.
Was Manley correct in saying it was a Richardson piece? Maybe. Maybe not. I have never had any satisfactory resolution to my past questions of what, if anything, in Manley's book was misattributed.
As Brian says, Harrach certainly made pieces like this - but I was disappointed when I visited their museum a few years ago as there were no examples of applied creatures on show. But I did see a good example of this type of wrok in the Regional Museum in Jelinia Góra, Poland. I thought that one, which had a multi-coloured lizard on a floral-decorated vase with drop-decorated rim and base, was probably a Harrach item. But the museum curator was uncertain about its attribution and in the books showing the vase it is listed only as "Central Europe".
I would like an example of this type of work, but I have not seen one availible in the UK (I started collecting Victorain glass after the original sale of the Cyril Manley collection, otherwise I would tried for his example(s).)