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Cranberry Rose Bowl with applied Vaseline feet, rigaree vining and ginkgo leaves, Cir. Victorian period.  English Registered Design RD #21616.

Colors:  Deep Cranberry with applied golden- green Vaseline applied feet, rigaree vining and ginkgo leaves.

Collection of:  The Antiquarian Collection

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Notes:  A gorgeous Victorian deep cranberry center bowl with golden-green Vaseline applied feet, rigaree vining and ginkgo leaves.

This piece is quite large for a true rose bowl, being 8.5” long by 6.5” deep by 4.5” tall.  It was most likely made as a center bowl or vase.  Since the English glasshouses didn’t make "rose bowls” only producing vases and it meets the definition of a rose bowl as set forth by Ms. Johanna S. Billings, thus we are including in our website. 

 

As per Mervyn Gulliver, page 274 “It is very difficult to attribute decorative designs to this company” (Boulton & Mills) “as only one pattern book and one trade catalogue, illustrating engraved and etched jugs, goblets, dishes, flower stands and vases are currently known to have survived.  However, the Registered Designs that they recorded up to 1914 do give some indication of the range of decorative glass that they produced.” 

 

This particular piece of glass carries an English RD prunt, similar to but not the same as the one shown in Gulliver’s book on page 51, as a “Registered Diamond prunt” on an item made by Thomas Webb & Sons.  Mr. John Scherz made the attribution be means of the Boulton & Mills’, February 5, 1885, Registered Design #21616 “Design for decoration of glass.”   This RD is also illustrated in Gulliver’s book on page 275. 

 

If we dismiss or ignore the quality and artistry of this piece of glass, it is still very rare since it is one of very few pieces that can positively be attributed to Boulton & Mills.  This piece has been on loan to and displayed at the Broadfield House Glass Museum of Stourbridge, West Midlands, UK.  It was formerly part of Mr. Andy Stone’s and Mr. Rob Brunton’s  Collection and prior to that it resided in Ms. Linda Kelsey’s Collection.  Ms. Kelsey was a noted and respected art glass collector and dealer in the UK.               

Glass Type:  Very high quality transparent deep cranberry center bowl with golden-green Vaseline applied feet, rigaree vining and ginkgo leaves.         

Bowl:  Is elongated almost 1/2 (US) foot ball shaped center bowl with ten inward crimps, fire polished rim.  The bowl is supported by (Qty. 4) applied golden-green glass stylized legs of which the two on the elongated ends scroll up into the rigaree vining appliqué.   

Decoration: This bowl is a English Register Design, RD #21616.  The bowl is only decoration with magnificent golden-green Vaseline applied feet, rigaree vining and ginkgo leaves.  On the bottom there is a RD (Register Design) Prunt.     

Dimension: 4.5” height by 8.5” wide bowl, 6.5” deep.    

Glass House: Boulton and Mills

Region of Manufacture: UK

Estimated Date of Manufacture:  Victorian Period

Condition:  Excellent

Overall opinion:  Outstanding example of British Victorian glass work.  This this piece of glass, is extremely rare since it is one of very few pieces that can positively be attributed to Boulton & Mills.

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