A lovely pair of 19th-century French opaline vases with exquisitely painted flowers. The vases are Individually hand-painted with a bouquet of spring flowers on a light blue ground. The glass is slightly translucent.
H 11 in. x Dm 5.5 in.
Excellent. Slight wear to gilt.
Opaline glass is a decorative style of glass made in France from 1800-1890s. All opaline glass is handblown and has a rough or polished pontil on the bottom. There are no seams and no machine engraving. Opaline reached its peak of popularity during the reign of Napoleon III circa 1850. Opaline glass is defined as semi-crystal. The glass is slightly translucent. The primary influences on this style of glass were 16th century Venetian milk glass, and English white glass produced in 18th century Bristol. The popularity of Opaline glass began during the reign of Napoleon. Cities involved in the production included Le Creusot, Baccarat, and Saint-Louis, Réunion.
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