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Style Japonism, Chinoiserie / Ref.11445

BACCARAT, Pair of vases with Japanese decoration of flowering trees and birds, circa 1880

Width: 5'' ⅞  15cm
Height: 15''   38cm
Depth: 5'' ⅞  15cm


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This pair of vases with Japanese-style decoration was made by the Baccarat crystal works around 1880.

The company created these square vases in black crystal resting on a bronze frame.

These works are adorned with a natural, highly poetic decoration executed using the technique of hot enamelling in relief.

Founded under Louis XV, the French Baccarat crystal factory demonstrated its excellence at the Universal Exhibitions throughout the 19th century.

The black colour of hyalite crystal is obtained by injecting slag or sulphur into the glass. This dark background enhances the painted decoration.

In this case, it was used to create a decoration in imitation of Chinese or Japanese lacquer plates: cherry blossom branches with wild geese flying around them stand out against the black background. The designs of the two vases are axially symmetrical.

The bright colours stand out clearly against the background, highlighting the meticulous attention to detail that went into this decoration.

The bronze mount at the top and base of the vases also adopts an orientalist style: the vase rests on four elephant heads resting on their trunks.

A preparatory drawing kept in the glassworks’ archives shows a vase whose Japanese-style decoration was designed according to the same principle of imitating lacquer using black crystal.

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