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glass (cameo carved, gilt and silvered)
31.7 × 14.9 cm diameter
Place/s of Execution
Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Dr Robert Wilson Collection. Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Dr Robert Wilson, Fellow, 1997
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
With a gourd shaped body and a long, narrow neck; in opaque cameo, carved ivory glass with extensive gilded ornament. The 'obverse' and 'reverse' with rounded panels of waterlilies, on a flecked ground with small side panels of reeds; the neck with gilt bands of lotus leaves and reeds.
This extraordinary vase imitates a Persian bottle form in damascened (inlaid) metalwork. Despite being made entirely of glass, the opaque, creamy white body references carved ivory, while the damascened metalwork was created through the use of gold and platinum leaf fired onto the carved, raised surface. The platinum bands with their simple, formal scrolls surrounding the decorative fields reference strapwork as a framing device. These bands are also carved as if imitating engraved designs in the metal bands.