Saturday, July 05, 2014
Friday, July 04, 2014
Thursday, July 03, 2014
antique ENGLISH barbotine 1879 pottery vase ROSES- $230
The freeform vase is signed, and dated, carrying the English Registry diamond mark, which, when deciphered, establishes the date of creation as May 12 1879. The signature or factory mark is whole ‘nother matter. Identification of it has eluded my best efforts, though the time I spent researching was brief.
Nonetheless, it is such a powerful example, I’m certain those who seek, collect and hoard the form will not only recognize the signature, they’ll also appreciate the remarkable skill with which the roses were formed and applied. Others would consider it painfully ornate. If you are one of those – shoo! Scat! Come back later.
First, you ask, “Is it a “one of a kind?” Answer: “Yes!”
Then you’re wondering, “Is it in pristine condition?” Answer: “Are you insane? Of course not. It is, however, it remarkable condition when one takes into consideration its tender, delicate nature and the fact that it has been on the planet, surrounded by the careless, the clumsy and those just don’t care, for 135 years, 9 days as I write.