The colors and texture on this piece are exquisite. While the underlying or base glass ranges from clear to a dark amber, almost black, the exterior crackled glass is in shades of tan and turquoise blue with a beautiful iridescence playing across the whole.
The smooth, deeply dimpled base has neither a broken pontil nor any sign of grinding, leading me to surmise that the object was attached to the blowpipe at the top, which was then fire polished. There is a great deal of wear evident on the base which appears to be natural, and not the result of any attempt to deceive.
The negatives are as follows:
A) I can not make out the signature or the second mark which may be the letter "V" with a long tail and two numbers beneath it, or possibly two letters Z in which the tail of the first leads directly into the top of the second. I am not at all familiar with glass made by Durand, but the crackle finish and what may, or may not be the letter V following the name, has led me to wonder if it might possibly be one of their early pieces.
B) I don't know what to call it. It is five and 1/2" across, by 3" high, with a 1/4" hole in the top. Does that make it a vase, a bowl, or something else?
Clicking on the thumbnails should enlarge them considerably. Still other views of the object can be seen in my album.
Any information or guesses will be greatly appreciated.
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