~ Vintage Circa 1900 Pair of Bristol Blue Cut Glass Flower Vases ~
The vases are deep cobalt blue which is made using the “overlay method” where clear crystal is overlaid with coloured glass and then cut through to reveal the clear crystal beneath. The pattern is dainty and clear with flowers, stars and arches.
~ Bristol Blue Glass ~
Bristol Blue Glass has been made in Bristol, England since the 18th century.
During the late 18th century Richard Champion, a Bristol merchant and potter, making porcelain, was working with a chemist, William Cookworthy. Cookworthy began a search for good quality cobalt oxide to give the blue glaze decoration on the white porcelain and obtained exclusive import rights to all the cobalt oxide from the Royal Saxon Cobalt Works in Saxony. It is uncertain when Bristol Blue Glass was first made but the quality and beauty of the glass swiftly gained popularity, with seventeen glass houses being set up in the city.
~ Dimensions ~
Each vase is approx. 14.5 inches (37cm) tall with the base diameter of 6 inches (15cm). Each vase weights approx. 2 kg.
~ Condition ~
The vases are in very good condition with no scratches, chips or restoration.
Please note that one vase is very slightly darker and 0.5cm taller then the other one but they are a pair – this is just down to the hand made nature of the glassware.