Smoke glass silver Overlay vase by Friedrich Spahr

Smoke glass silver Overlay vase by Friedrich Spahr

Code: OWA1571

£165.00 Approx $205.48, €192.53

Stock Number: – OWA1571

Date: - Circa 1950/60s

Materials: –  Pale green (tourmailne/Rauchglas) glass & Pure Silver Overlay from the Schwåbisch Gmünd silver studios of Friedrich Spahr

Country of Origin: – Germany

Description: – An interesting and scarce smoke glass vase decorated with galloping horses in pure silver overlay. The smoke glass is probably by WMF, the silver stamped Spahr 1000 to the neck.

Size & Weight: –  The vase is 20cm tall & 6cm across the rim and weighs 290g. 

Condition: – The glass vase and silver are in great condition without any chips, cracks, losses repairs of restoration. This vase has just been used for decorative purposes only. Obvious very light surface scratches due to cleaning the silver over the past 70 years. 

Photography: The glass vase and silver are in excellent condition the slight colour discolouration and light spots seen on the body of the vase are  made in the photography and does not represent any changes to the body colour in reality. 

History & Marks: The silver is stamped Spahr 1000 to the upper aspect of the top rim. This vase is very interesting because, in my opinion, it shows an interesting technique in the process of silver overlay. When you look at the item, as expected, one can see a continous connection of silver between the lower and upper silver rims. Thus, allowing the top anode & lower cathode connection required in the process of the silver overlaying process (see the Wikipedia Link below). Moreover, it appears to me that the design was made via a transfer process allowing the hydroflouric acid to create a surface for the silver flux to bond to. The silver overlay on this item is uniform which may confirm my feelings about this truly interesting vase. 

When we consider who made the glass - historically we do know that Friedrich Spahr, Friedrich Deusch and Manfred Veyhl (all producers of silver overlay products), did buy most of their porcelain and glass in the blank. In this case a large amount of glassware came from WMF  in Geislingen which is not far from the Schwäbisch Gmünd studios of Friedrich Spahr. Equally an amount of glass to be overlaid also came from Jean Beck a famous glass designer in Munich. For a more detailed look at the history of silver overlay follow the link highlighted below.

Declaration: This vase approximately 70 years old and is as described.

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