– Excellent condition.
– No chips or cracks
– Dirt residue internally and age related wear to the base.
Makers Marks :
– Typically no makers or factory marks present.
– Deeply kicked pontil to the base
– Dating c1880 – Probably Stourbridge Glassworks
Size & Weight :
– Stands: 22.5cm tall on a 7cm foot rim
– With 3.25cm wrim & 10cm wide body
– Unpacked Weight: 320 gms
Good quality antique Opaline glass is increasingly hard to find.
Originally, Opaline was a decorative style of mold blown and free blown glass that was popular in France from the 1800s to the 1890s. French opaline glass peaked in popularity in the 1850s and 1860s. The main centres of production were Creusot, Baccarat, and Saint-Louis.
Colors ranged from white to green, blue, pink, lavender and even black. Decorative objects such as vases, perfume bottles and clocks were created with opaline glass.
Opaline resembles the milk glass of 16th-century Venice and the opaque, white glass associated with Bristol in the 18th century.
In the mid-19th century, opaline was made in more vivid colours, in imitation of Bohemian glass. It was also produced in the form of crystal, semicrystal, glass, and pâte-de-riz.
Sky blue—a colour invented in Bohemia in 1835—was copied at Baccarat and Saint-Louis about 1843; the glass used was generally pâte-de-riz. Ultramarine blue was most frequently used between 1845 and 1850. Some bicolour (white and blue) opaline was made at Baccarat in 1850. Purple opaline was made in small quantity about 1828 at the Paris factory of Bercy and also outside the capital at Choisy-le-Roi.
Various greens were also produced, ranging from almond and sea green between 1825 and 1830 to less subtle shades of leaf green in later years.
Decoration included gilding, painting, and transfer printing. From 1840 onward copies of Chinese and Japanese porcelain were made in opaline glass.