Century French free-blown glass lace-makers water lens on "peg lamp" shaft, circa 1650. Please register my store/page in your favorites, for a fine range of 14th to 19th century period metalwork, lighting & other pieces, all guaranteed, as to age, condition & origin. Other pieces are for comparison. Read all my terms of sale.
Im an antiques dealer, & have started the spring antiques shows; my associate in France is an expat American historian of European Decorative Arts & guest museum curator, with 44 years of advanced experience. Due to a serious health problem, I was unable to do much from France for 9 weeks. Group photos will give you a slight idea of the depth of my collections, and Elly's inventory - keep watching this page.As a consequence of focusing on European, largely French Decorative Arts prior to 1830 for 25 years, and living in rural France, my extensive experience in antique glass is rarely reflected in Ellys offerings. 1988, Potdvin Gendres, Jacqueline Bellanger devotes 4 pages to the subject of lace-makers water lens, and illustrates several, all noted to be 18. Century or earlier examples are photographed, for the simple reason that they are beyond rare this is the only water lens of its type or period that I have ever seen. The scan of a postcard is of an 1825 painting from Normandy, and features an excellent example of an 18.
Century water lens on a turned treen stand. The white faience base that the water lens is resting in, as seen in photos 3, 9, 10 & 12, is much later than the lens such faience bases were exclusively made to hold peg lamps, circa 1790 but it is very useful as a display base for this peg lamp shafted water lens. It is included with the water lens, but please note it is not the same peg lamp base that is in the first group photo, and the edge of the faience peg lamp stand has serious rim damage (see photo number 10).Condition of the water lens itself is outstanding for the period; there is some faint staining in the interior that I think can be cleaned out by soaking, and cautiously using bottle brushes, but I cant guarantee it. Several additional alternative cleaning techniques now exist, but youll have to consult with an advanced bottle collector or museum. Also, as can be seen in photos 6, 7 & 8, there is a chip on the side of the lens, but miraculously, it did not cause a star crack, and does not go through the glass the lens is water-tight, and the rim of the lens is perfect no flakes or chips. As can be seen in the group photos, I avidly collect lamps none of the other pieces are for sale at this time.
Century water lens including the fact of their smaller diameter, and that the peg lamp variety exists but only cites (on page 403) one known water lens with a peg-lamp shaft, in the Musée Régional dAuvergne , in Riom. All other water lens Ive seen in France are either globular, with no base (they are often cased), or are taller, and have free-blown bases.
Even so, the better footed or cased examples from the 18. Century average 600 Euros on the French market. As with blown glass peg lamps, the earliest appearance of a water lens is not known; there is no technical or aesthetic reason why this unique piece couldnt be 16.
I dont own any 16. Century glass peg lamps, but know that they existed in at least France and Italy. If you don't have Bellangers book, I highly recommend it, but since it is no longer in print, it has gotten expensive 300 Euros or more, retail try Internet or abebooks for a used copy. From the mid-1980's to 1992, I was one of a small group of dealers invited to exhibit at all 3 Early American Glass Club shows, & often shared a booth with my late friend, J. Anthony Stout, who was one of the foremost US scholars of English & Continental glass, and a Fellow of the Corning Museum.In the 1980s, I wrote a lengthy, 3-part review of the Catherine Thuro Collection of lighting; did research, appraisals, & wrote catalogs for US auctioneers; reviewed million dollar-plus Art Glass auctions for North American antiques journals, and became a founding trustee of the. New Bedford Museum of Glass. Please do look, & support. The New Bedford Museum of Glass. Is a privately funded, non-profit organization, and one of. Leading institutions in the world, for glass studies of all periods and origins. The constantly-expanding collections are mind-boggling, and the reference and research library is one of the most important in existence. Its members include leading international scholars and collectors but it is lacking in major corporate sponsorship - and therefore operations and acquisitions funds. Any angels who can contribute to the viability of this internationally important museum would be highly welcomed. We are independently listed with.
For France or the UK. Intact, and with no cracks or repairs, but strictly as-seen, and as described above. The exterior surface has the usual amount of minor wear; please examine the photos closely they are an integral part of the description. Photos are high resolution use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish additional photos.
(10): maximum diameter 14 cm. (5 & 1/2): peg shaft length 9.5 cm. Water lens weight 600 grams, not including packaging.
Faience peg lamp stand height. (8): socket diameter 7 cm. (2 & 3/4): foot diameter 10.7 cm.
Weight 480 grams, not including packaging. 1.1 kilos, not including packaging.North America is 62 Euros. Please read listings carefully rates & conditions are substantially different. Buyers leaving less than 5-star feedback (no longer invisible) will be permanently black-listed. There is a major problem with the age, condition or origin of a piece as described ; and this is confirmed by a qualified expert with professional credentials.
We have absolutely no control over rates. And often absorb extra costs, such as double-boxing. Please inquire, as to mailing costs! Our independent certifications with the. Thus saving buyers 10% to 43% in relevant countries.The postal system is fast, efficient, flexible, & based on weight; rates have recently changed, but generally remain less than those of the UK, for smaller parcels. Depending on the size of the parcel. UK checks, or bank drafts, & all bank transfers accepted. My business associate is an expatriate American historian of Decorative Arts, a published antiques editor & writer, guest curator, certified appraiser, & internationally respected authority in early glass, lighting, metalwork, sculpture, period furniture & other categories. He has placed pieces with French & US museums, including the Smithsonian, & assists me with acquisitions, research & texts. We are separate and private, academic collectors, looking to defray the costs of advancing with our own collections. Residing in the European Union, and is available for expertise or arbitration. Josef is an extensively published expert with ongoing academic & commercial commissions, including forthcoming books.
We fiercely protect our Intellectual Property rights and in court, when necessary. The item "Rare 17th century French free-blown glass lace-makers water lens circa 1650" is in sale since Friday, May 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Glass\Other Antique Glass". The seller is "etb2011" and is located in Limousin. This item can be shipped worldwide.