This is a beautiful Arsall cameo glass vase, circa 1900. The style is unmistakably Art Nouveau with its ethereal depiction of budding and blooming flowers, sprouting and fallen leaves. This piece is signed Arsall and includes the model number 2623 on the bottom. Though a German firm, Arsall was greatly influenced by the French artist Émille Gallé. The glass is acid etched, a process that requires a great amount of skill and craftsmanship. The patterns are created by the removal of layers of glass through an etching process that originates in the glass workshops of the Ancient Romans. It is through this process that the design appears “pulled out” from the piece. The glass is very thick throughout. The piece’s pontil has been polished, leaving no punt mark or scars. Despite the few, minor, flea bites this piece is in excellent condition. There are no cracks and the piece has never been altered for repair. This vase truly has all its original glass. Inside the piece is a lovely frosted white, which emanates and provides a nice background for the etched design. The outside of the vase ranges in color—flowing from light pink, to dark red, to maroon and finally to, at the base, almost black. The piece is approximately 8 1/2” tall and approximately 3” wide at the base. This dreamlike vase is a wonderful piece of history and would make an incredible addition to any collection.
DIAMETER: 3 in | HEIGHT: 8½ in
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