White opaline wide-rimmed cup on a small pedestal with a gilt bronze mount that is delicately sculpted with flowers. The two handles of the cup are shaped like pheasants resting on curved oak leaves and bent to drink. The purity of the form and outline, like the delicate color of the glass, give this cup its stunning elegance.
Dim: W: 9.1 in – D: 5.5 in – H: 4.3 in.
Dim: L: 23 cm, P: 14 cm, H: 11 cm.
By 1820, the technical progress of the glass industry changed the history of opaline, and new decorations and forms appeared, such as “cone” vases, round flasks, candy boxes, cellars, and other luxury items. Certain forms were directly inspired by the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Their ormolu mounts were finely sculpted with Restauration and Empire motifs such as dolphins, swans, doves, and pigeons drinking from a cup.
Bibliography: Edith Mannoni, Opalines, Paris, Editions Ch. Massin, pp. 31-43 J. Bedel, «Cristal aux couleurs romantiques… l’Opaline», L’Estampille/L’;Objet d’art, 1975, n°63, p 23.