A Pair of Lustrous Bohemian Blown Molded Silvered or Mercury Glass Vases Hand Painted Persimmon Flowers C.1880 - For Sale
A Pair of Lustrous Bohemian Blown Molded Silvered or Mercury Glass Vases Hand Painted Persimmon Flowers C.1880
Mercury Glass actually contains no Mercury; it is so-called for its appearance of silver under glass. It is double-hulled, blown glass with a solution of silver nitrate coating the interior.
These vases were made in Bohemia in the latter part of the 19th century. They are hand painted with persimmon enamel flowers and olive green leaves. They have a classic baluster shape with a flared trumpet neck.
Beautiful and lustrous in appearance!
Height: 8 inches.
Base Diameter: 3 inches.
Top Diameter: 3 3/8 inches.
Although unmarked, the Bohemian origin is conveyed by the feather-light weight of the glass. American Mercury Glass was made of flint glass, which is fairly heavy. English Mercury Glass was made of leaded glass, which was heavier still.
These vases are in good condition, with no chips or cracks. The seals covering the pontils are present. There is some flaking and clouding of the silver lining, particularly on one foot rim. There is some spotting; some of the painted enamel decorations are worn off; one vase has more wear and spotting than the other.
This would be a fine addition to your art glass collection!
Please ask any questions prior to offering to purchase.
Shipping quoted is for continental USA only. Please email for shipping quote to further destinations.