An Extremely Rare Pair of Cameo Glass Vases
An Extremely Rare Pair of Cameo Glass Vases

BACCARAT (worked from 1764)

An Extremely Rare Pair of Cameo Glass Vases

c. 1865 France

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An Extremely Rare Pair of Cameo Glass Vases by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.

The vases are etched on opposing sides with classical figures and anthemion decoration bordered by Greek-key and leaf-tip banding, heightened in gilt. The blocked out background of the motifs, the half-tone effects and the satin finish represent the most refined and elaborate of etching techniques.

For the 1867 Exposition Universelle, Baccarat prepared a series of vases based on the cult of Bacchus, using neo-classical figurative motifs inspired by antique bas-reliefs and the Borghesi vase in the Louvre. The vases were made from opaline glass cased in cobalt blue or amber, a process whereby two layers of differently coloured crystal were overlaid then etched or cut to reveal the design. Also included in this series was a related punch bowl cased with blue crystal now in the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, and a pair of similar cameo vases with amber etchings, illustrated by Jean-Louis Curtis, in his book 'Baccarat', p.246.
Jean-Louis Curtis (1992), Baccarat, Thames and Hudson, p 246.
Height 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
Width 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Depth 24.00 cm (9.45 inches)
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Cameo Etched Glass
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