Shown here is lovely milky white vase or bottle, with a large base and a narrow stem with opening. It has hand-painted pears and leaves on it, and is a type of glass that is commonly referred to as Bristol Glass. We happen to think this particular piece is in the style of Bristol Glass, but is most likely Bohemian.
During the Victorian Era in England (named for the period in which Queen Victoria reigned; 1837-1901) a family's 'parlor' was where they entertained and gathered with family and guests. It offered the opportunity for the heads of the household to showcase their social status and good taste with displaying their decorative objects. They placed these decorative objects throught this room, and prominently displayed them, especially on the mantle. This included trinkets such as statuettes, beaded pillows, souvenir items from travels, and anything hand-made. Fancy glassware was especially popular, and advances in its production during the 19th century made it affordable to the era's growing middle class. This type of glass is most often called Bristol Glass, named after the area in England where it was massivly produced.
But much glass from this era also came from Bohemia, then an independent nation which is now part of the Czech Republic. Bohemian glassmakers made high quality glass objects, complete with handpainted designs, and this was appealing to people in America who were buying and wanting anything decorative that was popular in England and Europe. Bristol glass is an affordable way to collect true handmade antique decorative items, as they were produced in large amounts. Most had handpainted motifs on the surface, usually being flowers and foliage, but birds and insects were also used, although these are more rare.
The most important quality in this type of glass when collecting is condition, and the skill level in the painted decoration.
Please see images in gallery for condition.
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