This pretty hand blown opaline glass vase was hand enameled with a central burgundy flower and green foliage. The upper and lower rims are enameled in spattered burgundy; the flat rim of the mouth was at one time gilded, but there are only traces left. The vase is urn shaped, with a short neck and a high shoulder tapering down to a flared pedestal. A narrow line of gilding is intact where the body meets the round base. The back of the vase is plain.
The glass has a faint tint, characteristic of old opaline glass; in this case, the tint is greenish. When you are grasping the vase and looking down into it, you can see your hands through, so it's semi-opaque. The pontil mark has been ground completely smooth. It's probably Czech glass or at least European; the bottom is painted with a number 7 with a strikethrough---a line through it---typically used in Europe.
The vase stands 10 3/4 inches tall, has a 3 1/4 inch diameter base and a 2 inch diameter mouth. It weighs a little over a pound and is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. It's lovely for flowers, but just as beautiful displayed alone.
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