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MONUMENTAL CUT GLASS VASE OF ALHAMBRA FORM, 1862, LONDON INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION

Bohemia. Circa 1860.

Measurements

Height: 41 1/2" (105 cm)
Width: 11 1/2" (29 cm)

Research

This exceptionally fine and monumental glass vase was exhibited by Herr Wilhelm Hoffmann of Prague at the 1862 London International Exhibition.

It is a 19th-century variation on the “Alhambra Vases” of the 14th and 15th centuries. These Hispano-Moresque wares derived from ancient amphoras and were made for purely decorative purposes to stand in niches probably at the Alhambra in Grenada, to which they owe their name. The original vases, only eight of which survive intact, are impressive in decoration and size (the largest being over 5 feet in height) with a swelling body and large, flat wing-like handle. Figure 1 depicts two large examples of Alhambra vases in the Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid, in a photograph circa 1936. It is interesting to note that in the present vase, in line with the 19th century fondness for eclecticism, the overall “Arabic” form is combined with some decorative elements selected from the Chinese canon of ornament.

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.