J. & L. Lobmeyr Vase, ca. 1885
I bought it in Des Moines, Iowa, at an estate sale in the mid '70s. I bought a number of items, and this is the only, uh, piece that I've been unable to identify.
This piece was actually done by J. & L. Lobmeyr. It was a company that was founded in the 1820's in Vienna, Austria, and it was taken over by Joseph Lobmeyr's sons, Joseph and Ludwig. This time frame was run by Joseph Sr.'s two sons. And if you look on the bottom, uh, there is a white enamel monogram mark. You have the J & L, and... it's anywhere from the early 1880s to early 1890s. The vase itself is... a copy of a Persian piece that would've been done four or five centuries earlier. There was lots of Persian glass being done up into the 13th or 14th century, and then, with wars and things, it stopped. In the 19th century, the Austrians and the French started doing pieces in the Persian style. So Lobmeyr and Brocard, two houses that did probably the largest number of pieces of this style. The shape is a traditional Persian shape. The design on there has Persian scrolling. If you look at the handles, the same thing. The handles show beautiful Persian designs and just great colors. Usually the vases are more monochromatic. This one is vibrant in the reds and the greens and the blues, and then they mix that with the gilt. The glass is blown, the handles are applied hot, the piece is cooled, it's enameled, and in some cases, it's enameled, then carved. Now, the icing on the cake on this piece is the fact that instead of having just flowers and geometric designs, you have the giraffes and the storks. This is a 19th century interpretation of what would've been done 500 years earlier. What did you pay for the piece when you got it?
I don't truly remember, probably a couple hundred dollars.
In a retail store in the market today, with the strength of the market, I would put a value of, conservatively, $20,000 to $30,000 on this piece.
It's a fabulous piece. I'm glad you brought it in. It's the nicest piece of enameled glass we've seen in many, many years.
(clears throat): Thank you very much.
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