Pair of large overlay opaline glass vases by Baccarat
French, 19th Century
Height 49.5cm, diameter 19cm
These beautiful Baccarat vases are crafted in a wonderful Napoleon III period style. The vases are of traditional form, with bulbous bodies and spreading feet and necks that flare into broad rims. Each vase is crafted from rich red glass, which has been overlaid with white. The main body of each features finely painted depictions of birds among trees and flowers, while above and below are pierced geometrical forms edged in gilt that reveal the red glass below. The neck of each is similarly adorned, featuring parcel gilt windows through the white overlay that reveal the glass beneath. The vases are superb examples of Baccarat’s work, and beautiful pieces of nineteenth-century design.