Antique Bristol Semi-Opaque Glass Vase - pair of Hand Blown Hand Painted Opaline White Glass Mantle Vases 1800s Flower Vase home decor
Bristol glasshouses were established in the 1740s. They specialized in decanters, goblets and vases, usually in a cobalt-like blue color decorated with gilding or in opaque white. From this beginning, most colored glass made in Britain became known by the generic term of "Bristol" glass, although not all of it was actually made in Bristol. Of these glasses, the Bristol blue is the most famous.
As time went on, a type of semi-opaque Opaline glass was made around Bristol. Wilson's vases are from that period. So much Bristol glass was made during the 18th and 19th centuries and it was so inexpensive that it contributed to the end of many glasshouses in America. It is very difficult to distinguish the English Bristol from other opaline types. Style, design and decoration are clues for the knowledgeable.
Manufactured in the late 19th century, Victorian Bristol glass is appreciated for its delicately hand-painted botanical motifs; the more finely executed the decoration, the more desirable the piece.
With a beautifully ornate design these vases are quite simple – beautiful! Each of these vases was decorated in blue, gold and a white in a simply ornate pattern. They measure 12-5/8” in height, 3-7/8” across the rim and has a 4-1/8” base diameter.
For being more than 100 plus years old – they are in amazing antique condition – even the dimensional design work is still intact! There is slight gold gilt wear on the rim – presumably from flower stems, cleaning and water - but other than that there are no chips, cracks scratches, repairs or crazing!
Whether for the new collector or the connoisseur, these beautiful vases will be a lovely addition to your antique glassware or authentic Bristol Glass collection!!
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