This extremely rare vase was made by the craftsmen of the Dorflinger Glass company. This piece in particular will forever be solidified as one of the most important piece of American color cut glass – it is the sole piece prominentally on the cover of Feller’s Dorflinger: America’s Finest Glass, 1852-1921. Known American pieces of color are extremely difficult to find and this exhibits an extremely high level of skill in the achievement of what could be done in color. The vibrant shade of green used on this example on further carries the idea of the beautiful leaves engraved throughout this piece.
The top portion of the vase is completely cut with rock crystal work. The engraving displays realistic falling leaves and branches. The amount of relief in the color-to-clear work is astonishing. They left and removed perfect amounts of the colored layer of glass to provide meticulous detail. The lower portion of the vase is cut with hobnail, providing a wonderfully decorative geometric band to contrast the realistic work that covers the top 3/4 of the vase. Ovoid punties rest in the upper portion of the hobnail cutting. The base is finished with a rayed star.
The vase is in perfect condition with the exception of one tiny area in the hobnail The color portion of one, and only one, of the hobnails has been lightly chipped away. This does not detract from the overall effect of the vase and again, is extremely small. The vase measures 12 1/4″ tall and 5 3/4″ wide.
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