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    Sale 5354

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    13 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 286

    A THOMAS WEBB AND SONS 'PEACHBLOW' VASE

    CIRCA 1890

    Price Realised  

    A THOMAS WEBB AND SONS 'PEACHBLOW' VASE
    CIRCA 1890
    Oviform with a tall slender neck, decorated in raised burnished gilding with hanging flowering prunus branches
    16 in. (40.6 cm.) high


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    The technological advancement of glassmakers was booming in the Victorian era with hundreds of patents and techniques being introduced in a fiercely competitive market. Colour technology was one of the areas focused upon; Thomas Webb and Sons introduced sixty-five different colours between 1875 and 1898. This 'Peach-blow' vase uses one of their new heat sensitive types of glass over a base layer of cream coloured glass. It became hugely popular in America after the sale of a peach-coloured Chinese porcelain vase from the collection of Mary J. Morgan sold for a record price of $18,000 in March 1886.

    Cf. Charles J. Hajdamach British Glass 1800-1914 (Antique Collector's Club, 1995)

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