Russian Glass Art and Ceramic Art

Ascus shaped pitcher

    Ascus shaped pitcher

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg

    Mid-19th century

    Isak Wilhelm Varelius workshop, Imperial Glass factory

    Transparent uranium glass, silver; casting, presswork, chasing, forge-rolling, grinding

    Height 23 cm

    Maker’s mark “IWW”; Saint-Petersburg city mark; alloy “84”


    Ascus-shaped transparent uranium glass pitcher with the throat silver rim, with the hinged lid with grip, ornately shaped handle, on the base on four curled feet. Low horizontal body, smoothly merging into the throat of the same diameter with wide spout, is processed by wide vertical grinding. The lid in the form of a stylized shell is decorated with a strip of forge-rolled ornament comprised of the stylized waves along the edge, with a flower branch-shaped shaped grip. Throat rim is smooth and free from décor. The pitcher tapering part is emphasized by onlay silver openwork frame in the form of an oak branch with leaves. The oval base is decorated with rocaille curls. The pitcher feet and ornately shaped handle are in the form of curls as well. The pitcher is made in the Historism style.