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"Glass"

Vase

Large vase, mould-blown and tooled, translucent white opal glass (pâte de riz: rice paste texture) with gilt decoration. Bulbous lower body with oak leaves in fairly high relief narrowing to a band of pointed cusps with eight long-pointed acorns. Rising above is a plain, cylindrical neck which flares out to a trumpet opening. Appliled foot disk with large, superbly polished pontil dome and remainder of base polished flat. Four narrow and wide horizontal bands of gilding around the rim and single band around the foot.

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Goblet

Opaque, white alabaster glass with applied ruby glass and painted gilding. Plain tulip-shaped bowls with long, thin, cylindrical stems resting on well-finished disk feet with polished pontils. Applied around the stem, a clear, pale ruby glass snake with gilt scales and details.

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Vase

Small size, opaque pink over white overlay cut. Elongated, thistle-form body with short cylindrical stem and disk-shaped foot. Well-polished pontil. The pink and white glass are both thick layers. Cut with a geometric pattern and cut down at top to white with eight scallops forming the rim. The foot well-polished with a cut and polished edge. The vase form is typical of the 1840s-1850s period.

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Vase

Mould-blown, pale yellow opal glass (pâte de riz: rice paste texture). Elongated teardrop form with relief grape leaves around the bulbous base and long-ribbed leaves rising up as the vase narrows and curves out at rim. Applied foot with well-polished pontil

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Baluster vase

Pair of baluster vases, mould-blown, translucent, white opal glass with relief decoration of grape vines painted in blue enamel with gilt trim.

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Sugar bowl

Mould-blown and tooled, fine quality, glossy, translucent white alabaster glass with turquoise opaline finial. Spherical body with overall relief pattern of diamonds like the surface of a pineapple. Applied thick, disk foot with convex edge and well-polished pontil. Domed over with similar graduated bands of diamond relief and projecting ring below that fits into the bowl opening. Rounded, strawberry-shaped finial with sloping base in bright turquoise opaline. No evidence of gilding. This is probably a sugar bowl from a water set.

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Vase

Mould-blown and tooled, nearly opaque, thick, glossy pale green glass with gilt and enamel decoration. Bulbous lower body with six lobes and projecting oval medallions curving into narrow cylindrical neck and outcurving fire-polished rim. Applied foot with well-polished pontil. Gilt trim and gilt and blue enamel flower decoration. An unusual colour and pattern.

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Vase

Blown and tooled, opacified, white glass and bright green glass with gilding. Made from three pieces. Tall, white trumpet neck with ruffled edge attached to a somewhat spherical body that is mould-blown in bright green glass of similar quality. (The relief pattern on the body makes it look somewhat like a grenade. A larger version of this pattern was used for brass-mounted newel post ornaments [boule d'escalier] made at St. Louis and Baccarat). Short, cylindrical stem with flat spreading disk foot. Depressed, rough pontil under foot. Remains of gilt decoration to ruffled rim, neck and edge of foot.

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Vase

Blown and tooled, white opal glass with spattered pattern of bright, opaque, blue glass chips worked (marvered) into the surface of the body. Somewhat ovoid body rising to constricted neck and overturned rim which shows the white interior. Applied white glass foot and pair of elaborately tooled, opalescent, white ornamental handles to either side of neck. Rough, fire-polished pontil mark. Vases from this period with such elaborate decoration are not common.

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Perfume bottle

Thick, glossy, almost opaque, caramel-yellow glass, blown and tooled. Bell-shaped body with well-polished pontil. Solid, heavy stopper with spherical knop. No evidence of gilding.

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Dresser jar

Mould-blown and tooled, thick, opaque, opaline glass with enamel and gold decoration. Fire-polished base with no evidence of pontil mark. Low, cylindrical form with bevelled rim and convex base ring. Side skillfully painted in enamel colours with a continuous floral band of naturalistic pink roses, yellow and red oriental poppies and three blue cornflowers. Rich, gold bands to base and rim.

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Beaker vase

Large beaker vase, mould-blown fine quality opaque white glass which resembles porcelain painted with enamel and gold decoration. Tall, Chinese "gu" or beaker form, flaring out at top and spreading out at base with a wide, raised centre band of convex moulding and a wider one at the bottom. Painted in naturalistic enamel colours with a single column of flowers: purple and red fuschia at the top, pale pink roses down the middle and purple and blue balloon flowers at the bottom. Pale, matt, blue enamel band at fire-polished rim and around foot. Central band painted opaque matt royal blue (French blue) overlaid with narrow bands of matt black with matt gold lines, well-polished pontil and base.

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Vase

Mould-blown, turquoise, opaline glass, enamelled in blue and green with gilding. Bowling pin/teardrop shape with outcurving rim and applied foot. Diagonal band of blue flowers (possibly meant to be gentians) with green leaves in relief trailing up the side. Well-polished pontil.

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Miniature paperweight

Miniature paperweight (press-papier), of alabaster, gilt brass and turquoise glass. Oblong, polished alabaster slab with rounded edge, pierced with a hole in the middle. On top, gilt, die-pressed metal and wire formed as a stem with two melon leaves with tendrils and a central loop handle having a "melon" (looking like a poppy seed head) mounted at the end with a turquoise glass stone set at its tip. Two wires projecting through the hole to the base are bent into a recessed trough to the metal in place.

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Cornucopia vase

Blown and tooled turquoise opaline glass trumpet with ruffled rim mounted in back of a yellow, bronze ram's head set on a rectangular white marble plinth. The glass is thick, glossy and of good quality.

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Table Bell

Blown and tooled turquoise opaline bell with cast bronze figural handle and clapper, otherwise the bell is absolutely plain, high quality, translucent glass. The somewhat coarsely cast, gilt, bronze figure is a small putto holding a long, conical ear trumpet to its ear. The figure is draped and seated on a short, fluted socle with beaded edges on top and bottom resting on a separate section which consists of a fringe of seven long pendant leaves or feathers.

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Covered urn

Glossy, white, opaline glass with gilt metal mounts. Low, bulbous "curling-stone" shaped, opaline body with rim and foot mounts. Metal has a matt finish. Foot resting on four paws, with four claws, projecting from corners of a low, square plinth with short, trumpet stem screwed into the bottom centre of the bowl. Large, ribbed, gilt metal dome covering the screw inside. Metal rim mount of rectangular profile resting on a cut edge of bowl with a pair of Rococo handles attached to the edge. Gently domed cover with recessed, cylindrical base with polished edge to fit inside bottom. Bolted to the centre of the dome, a cast, gilt, bronze urn with conical grape cluster on top. Stylistically French.

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Bottle

Mould-blown and tooled, alabaster glass with acid-etched matt surface and enamel and gilt decoration. Spherical body curing out at base to a flared foot. Narrow, cylindrical neck widening toward top with a slightly outward-flaring lip. Elongated, oviform stopper in solid glass of similar type. Circling around the side, a continuous, undulating ribbon about 5/8 inches wide comprised of thick, raised bars of opaque white enamel, gilded, alternating with dull, green vertical bands, the whole edged in dull green. Gilt trim to top and bottom of neck and around foot and concentric rings to the top of the stopper.

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Medallion

Moulded, opaque, white glass cameo medallion. Oval head and neck-length profile portrait, facing left, show Napoleon garbed as a Roman Emperor with a high-relief laurel wreath with ribbon bow at the back of the head and a toga draped around his neck. Convex border bands. The glass has a matt finish and the gather of glass extends irregularly out beyond the oval mat opening.

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Miniature tazza

Miniature size, glown and tooled, opaque white opaline glass with gilt decoration. Shallow dish set on separate, rounded conical foot spreading out at base. Foot hollow. Rim and foot rim both carefully cut. Painted gilt edges and overall pattern of gilt stars.

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Vase

Blown and tooled rainbow mother-of-pearl. Overall matt acid finish. Body comprised of a thick, opal casing with an impressed diaper pattern with clear glass over this containing vertical streaks of pale yellow, pale blue and pink. The combination of the air pockets created by the impressed diaper pattern and the diffusion of light through the glass creates a visual effect like mother-of-pearl. Indented, rough pontil Low, spherical body, constricted neck and boldly tooled rim with three large ruffles much like a tricorn hat.

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Urn

Small urn, blown and tooled, thick, glossy, opaque white glass. Spreading disk foot curving up to a constricted stem. Applied to this is a wide-mouthed flower-pot urn body with a projecting, applied skirt with tooled vertical projections much like the teeth of a cog wheel. Rim turned in at top and thickened. Fire-polished pontil and bse with remains of a clear glass gather that was used to attach the foot to a pontil rod during the making.

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Dresser jar

Blown and tooled, translucent whhite glass with white enamel and gilt decoration. Fire-polished pontil. Matt, probably acid-treated exterior. Low, cylindrical jar with recessed rim to top. Low, domed, round cover fitting over the top. Both jar and cover have carefully, wheel-cut rims. Extending from the centre of the top down the side, a pattern of concentric rings of raised, opaque white, enamel beads of graduated size with a purplish tinge and the remains of gilding.

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Dresser jar

Blown and tooled, opaque, white, opal glass with painted enamel and gold decoration. Cylindrical body with integral foot and a wide, plain, 70 degree moulding around the base. Fire-polished base with no evidence of a pontil mark. Domed cover with spherical knop. Side, cover and knop painted in a broad, folksy style with red roses and forget-me-nots in natural colours and gilt trim to foot and cover.

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Urn

Blown and tooled turquoise opaline glass. Disk foot with thin, cylindrical stem supporting a low, bulbous thistle-form urn with bulge at the base, cylindrical side and turned-over rim. The turquoise colour is bright and the translucence different from most French opaline.

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